So much of my dreams are about to become a reality, and now it's time to take a good look at the non-electric, or very low electric, tools that we have, that we need, and that might stay on the wish list for a while.
THIS IS NOT A WISH LIST OR SHOPPING LIST - I ALREADY HAVE MANY OF THESE ITEMS. :D
Wringer washer - while it is electric, it will run easily on our generator, and we'll buy one just before leaving the city
Washer/Spinner - Mennonites around here often keep one of these for small loads of laundry, but they can't do heavy things
Wash board - My birthday present from Mom last year
Wash tubs - We need two of these to use with the wringer or the wash board
Gas generator - NOT my idea of self-sufficiency, because we need propane gas for it, but a step closer than being on the grid, and our homestead comes with one.
Ice Box - I like the idea, but wonder if it's possible without a source of large ice blocks
Propane Refrigerator - the homestead has a teeny little one, which should have me quickly pestering Mr D for a proper root cellar.
Food Mill/Sauce Maker - I have both a Foley mill for small amounts and a Victorio sauce maker for larger amounts
Egg beater - These are available at the Mennonite general store for $50, but I found one at an antiques shop for $15!
Passive solar water heater - need plans to make one
Water heater attached to wood stove - I assume they still exist? On my wish list
Wood stove - the homestead has a small one, but we need a proper wood cookstove
Propane cookstove - the homestead has one, but I'm not sure this is better than electric!
Manual can opener - As much as I try to stay away from commercially canned food, they still form a part of our food storage, so this is necessary to have on hand
Grain grinder - We have one of these
Meat grinder - We have two!
Hand crank blender - Definitely on my wish list
Axes, saws, hammers, screwdrivers and all of those other traditional hand tools - we have most of these
Brace and bit - I want to get one, but haven't seen any
Hand-crank flashlights - We have one that also has solar backup, and includes a radio and clock.
Mortar and pestle - I grind up a lot of bread crumbs (cracker crumbs, cookie crumbs) in mine
French Press coffee pot
Thermos vacuum bottles - we have several of various sizes
Pasta roller - This has sat in storage for a while, and being off-grid will give me the incentive to try it
Treadle sewing machine - laugh if you wish, but my home ec class had three of these and I always enjoyed using them more than the electric machines! I want!
Clothes line - I was kind of shocked to find that a clothes line kit is $50!
Wooden clothes drying rack - Every Mennonite household has one for drying clothes by the stove in the winter
Dough mixer - I'm still kicking myself for not buying that one when I saw it at the thrift store. I still want one.
Coffee grinder - Low on my wish list, but still there
Manual butter churn - I want, but they're very hard to find
King cutter - Manual food processor. I have one, a gift from a reader
Solar oven - On my wish list
Chest fridge - High on my wish list is for Mr D to make a chest fridge for us, which uses about 1/100th of the electricity that a regular fridge uses.
Solar panels - HIGH on our wish list, but low on the affordability list until we pay off our mortgage debt
Oil press - This is on the 'would be nice eventually' list.
Ice cream maker - We picked up a nice one at the Mennonite thrift store. It will be much more valued when treats are 12 km away at the general store.
Cast iron pots
Old steel baking dishes (have a few) suitable for a wood stove
Solar dehydrator - Mr D knows this is high on his "must make" list!
What am I missing? What should we start watching the auctions for?
As more details appear, I'm becoming more excited about the homestead. Yes, we will be 12 km from the General Store, and 36 km from the only Market. Another 20 km will get us to "Town" where we can access Sobeys, Superstore, Price Chopper, Giant Tiger and a Bulk Barn. Who says we're going extremely rural - it's only an HOUR to get to the nearest real grocery store!
Honestly, since the city is just 45 minutes farther, I can't imagine why, if we're going to drive an hour, we wouldn't make a day of it and go into the city.