• Mandee

Modern Appliances For Retro Living

My great grandmother NaNa was a canning guru and made everything from scratch.  Everything.  She died right before my 21st birthday, and I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with her when I was growing up.  I can’t remember her ever having more than a cold, and that was rare.  I think it had something to do with what she ate.  She was born in 1917 and lived to be 85.  She didn’t die of cancer like many of her peers; she succumbed to a very aggressive form of dementia.

My goal is to make everything we eat from scratch.  That includes bread, baked goods, apple sauce, pudding, rice, beans, etc.  I know that it won’t be an instant change, especially since I don’t know how to make much from scratch.  My goal is to transition us during over the course of a year.  

But I need help.

The thought of kneading bread and waiting for it to rise is the stuff that nightmares are made of.  

At least, that’s the way I see it.  Also, if I plan on baking a lot from scratch, I need more than a hand mixer.  I’d love a KitchenAid stand up mixer, but I think that trying to convince the Hubster that the expense is worth it will be an exercise in futility so I will research and find a cheaper one that has high ratings.  

I know that NaNa didn’t use all of this modern equipment and she was just fine, but I also recognize that if I try to go completely retro with this transition, I’m going to get frustrated and eventually say eff it.  I’d rather wean myself on appliances than abandon ship because, ultimately, I think this change is going to be very positive for my family.

I already have a crockpot, an eight cup food processor, a steamer, and a blender.  I got all of them when I was making Pooh’s baby food from scratch.  I also have a dehydrator so I can dry fruit and make fruit leather.  Pooh loves these, but organic dehydrated fruit is kind of expensive and most fruit leather has added sugar, even the organic ones. So I have a starting point, I just need to plan for the rest.

I think I’ll start with the bread maker.  We eat quite a bit of bread around here so it will save us money.  Also, Pooh is a picky eater and a vegetable rejection guru, so I could hide veggies in the bread and she would be none the wiser.  After the bread maker, I’ll get the mixer, then move on to other appliances like an InstaPot and an air fryer.

Best laid plans, right?

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