10 Devices for Cooking from Scratch at your Cabin
Life in the big cities is often go, go, go, and what is convenient to eat quickly and easily. The cabin / cottage life is about taking your time to getting back to the basics. Cooking certain foods from scratch is amazing therapy- it calms you down and makes you deconstruct foods so you appreciate them so much more. Also, you will often be blown away at not only the difference in quality, but how much you appreciate foods you have made yourself. Finally, as if it needs to be said, cooking with family and those close to you is what life is all about.
You would think that our top rated sausage maker would be some fancy device from Germany, and not one made in China, but this is the mother of all sausage makers. Just look at the Amazon reviews, this device is loved by those that have bought it. We love ours and it quickly became one of our favorite kitchen toys.
Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker
Enjoy your favorite flavor, made fresh at home with little fuss and preparation. The entire process takes between 6 to 10 hours. The yogurt maker includes seven 6-ounce glass jars with lids so you can make a different flavor in each. Timer on the side marks time when yogurt will be finished cooking. The unit has on/off switch and light indicating unit is working.
Spaetzle Classic Round Noodle Maker by Westmark
Spaetzle is a great entry-level cooking lesson for kids, and if you have a German background, you have surely had this as part of many meals. It is such an easy to make side dish, but we always need it with a little nutmeg. Try making a cheesy version as an alternative to mac n cheese!
Here is our family’s favorite Spaetzle recipe:
Ingredients (4 servings)
Mix together ingredients with wooden spoon. Boil a large pot of slightly salted water. Push above batter through the spaetzle maker into the boiling water. Cook Spaetzle uncovered for 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon, lift spaetzle out of boiling water and place into a bowl of water with ice cubes. When ready to serve, drain spaetzle well in colander, then warm in melted butter in a saute pan. Serve at once when warmed.
This German recipe has been handed down from generations. Spaetzle can be used in place of potatoes at dinner or used in soups. Authentic spaetzle must have the nutmeg, do not leave out.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make quality beer with one of these kits. One of our editors was the head brewer at two very high-profile microbreweries, and he knocks out amazing brews with his Mr. Beer. It is surprisingly easy, and is more about just keeping everything clean more than any complicated procedures in the making of the beer. What is wonderful is getting creative by adding spices and other additions to make unique beers you can call your own.
Weston Restaurant Quality French Fry Cutter
French fries? Yes, there is an art to making the perfect french fry. You will need this handy restaurant quality French fry cutter, and a deep fryer, or just a deep pan that you can use for frying. The trick is the Belgian method that involves a double dip in the oil. You can Google “Belgian fries” and find a twice fried recipe that suits you, but trust us, you will never go back to regular old fries again.
SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2LB – Beginner Friendly Programmable Bread Maker (19 Programs, 3 Loaf Sizes, 3 Crust Colors, 15 Hours Delay Timer, 1 Hour Keep Warm) – Gluten Free Whole Wheat Breadmaker
Not everyone has the gift for baking as it involves following more exact instructions and measurements than other forms of cooking. However, this bread machine makes bread making a snap, without needing you to have any real cooking skills at all. This is the easy to use, can’t screw it up bread machine we have been waiting for, and it delivers.
Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker, Brushed Chrome
The Cuisinart Electronic Ice Cream Maker makes 2 qts of ice cream in just 20 minutes! The machine includes a lid with ingredient spout and integrated measuring cup, a 2 qt freezer bowl and an improved paddle for faster processing time. The housing is a sleek brushed chrome with a simple LCD display with pushpad settings for ice cream, gelato or sorbet. It’s also great for making frozen yogurt! The machine even features a count-down timer and shuts off automatically. Includes full instructions and a selection of recipes.
Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White
The Snackmaster Pro is one of the newest dehydrators in the NESCO/American Harvest product line. It’s sleek, contemporary design In grey and marble color features a top mounted fan, 600 watts of drying power, and generates maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, beef jerky, and venison jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like ordinary food dehydrators.
Makes delicious Beef Jerky even turkey jerky, and fish jerky. Make trail mix, homemade yogurt, apple snacks, banana chips, dried soup mixes, dried tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, papaya and other dried fruits at a fraction of the cost. Make dried herbs and spices; also make potpourri and dried flowers for any occasion.
Yes, a blender has many uses, and the Blendtec is one of the most versatile and powerful ones on the market, but what we love it for is smoothies. Make a habit of having a list of recipes for smoothies, and stop at your favorite market on the way to your cabin or cottage and let it be your time to reboot your body and to flush away all of the junk out of your system. Nothing makes a smoothie like a Blendtec, and they are worth every penny.
Philips Pasta Maker – Avance Collection, HR2357/05, White
Fresh and flavorful homemade pasta and noodle have never been easier. With 1600 lb. Extrusion force, it can make 1 pound of pasta or noodle with perfect Texture in just 15 minutes, and it is a fully automatic solution! After choosing program and pressing start button, the machine automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes in one go. Included with the machine there are 4 default shaping discs for Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccini and Lasagna. By using different flour and adding different ingredients like egg, herbs or spinach and carrot juice, you can make various types and flavors of pasta.