Today's episode is about the top five homestead kitchen tools that we use in our homestead kitchen.
The first item I talk about is a 12 inch cast iron skillet with lid. We like the Lodge brand. You can find one on Amazon for $21.42. The lids are around $31. You can season your cast-iron with vegetable oil or shortening. To season any piece of cast iron you cover it in oil or shortening/lard, then put it in your oven at 325° for an hour, let it cool down as the oven cools. Keep the oven closed so the pan cools down slowly. NEVER wash cast iron with soap!
The second item is a high-quality cutting board. I recommend using cutting boards made from hardwoods. The one that we make here on the homestead are made from maple and black walnut. The hardwoods save the edge of your knife and look great in your kitchen. You just have to remember to treat it with oil. We use butcher block conditioner that has mineral oil and beeswax in it.
Our third item is a spurtle. It is a tool that goes way back to 16th or 17th century Scotland as a oatcake turner. it has since changed into a dowel-like stirring stick. We make and promote the earlier design here. It is on our website under the store tab. It is used for scraping, stirring, turning, frosting, straining, and smacking the hands that try to sneak a taste of the batter.
Our fourth item are high quality kitchen shears. There are two brands that we would like to try but we don't have. One is the Red Yeti brand and the other is The Artful Homemaker brand. An important hallmark of good kitchen shears is they need to be multipurpose, and easy to take apart for cleaning. Both of these do just that.
The last item on our list are high quality kitchen knives with a decent sharpener/steel rod. I suggest looking at yard sales in order to find high carbon knives. You can recognize a high carbon knife because they usually have patina or rust on them. These type of knives keep an edge for a long time and you can get them freaky sharp. You want to stay away from stainless steel because it dulls easily and is made from soft metal.
If you have some favorite kitchen tools please tell us about them in the comments.
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Chris Hodge is our Radio DJ here at Haven Homestead.