Gifts for the Home Cook

  1. Every new homesteader needs a canning set! While you can accomplish canning at home with tools you already have on hand, it is nice to have the proper equipment to get the job done. I love hot water bath canning instead of pressure cooker canning (for some reason pressure cooking scares me!), and I have a similar set that I just adore using. I actually lost a few pieces over the summer, particularly the can gripper, and it made my experience so much more difficult! You need that can gripper if nothing else!!
  2. Have you seen these reusable mesh bags all over Instagram? They are everywhere, and I think The Handmaid's Tale had a lot to do with that. The handmaids in the show used these bags as well, and I have to admit, they're pretty cool. I love hanging them about the house with fresh produce so I can see it. They also can store quite a bit of food! Not a fan of the mesh bag? Definitely take a peek at our own printed reusable shopping bags.
  3. Brushes! Our brushes have gotten so much use over the years, and they still look good. Almost brand new! There is really nothing better than a quality dish brush. Not to mention they're aesthetically pleasing! I get all of our brushes from Freckled Hen Farmhouse. If you're not sure where to start, I suggest the wooden dish brush, the round wooden dish brush with knob, and vegetable brush!
  4. Are you looking into having a more sustainable, waste-free kitchen? Getting rid of plastic/aluminum food preservation is a great start! Try out these reusable beeswax food wraps. I have used them many times, and while they take some getting used to, if you take good care of them they can work really well.
  5. This is the one new kitchen tool that I recommend to any first time homesteader - a cast iron skillet! I use our skillet for just about everything, from pancakes to stir fry to bread to breakfast.
  6. Not going to lie, I just used my birthday money to buy myself this fun artisanal bread cloche. These mimic professional bread ovens that result in perfectly crispy crust and a high oven spring. Yes, please!
  7. Are you more of the handmade gift type? There are so many awesome free patterns for knit dishcloths! This is always my go-to gift for friends and even my grandma. Knit dishcloths are almost superior to the cheap version you can grab at the dollar store. Check out these patterns: one | two | three | four
  8. Have a bread baker who's looking to step up their game? Using a banneton or bread proofing basket can be a fun little gift to share; they are baskets used by professional bakers to create an interesting pattern on the crust of the bread. I love mine!

xoxo Kayla