Out here in the country, life revolves a little differently than it does in the city. We put hard, long hours into making our homestead a self sufficient haven for our families. Homestead Hints will be a series following things that we’ve learned over the last several years on how to make our homestead living a little better. Welcome to the Little Homestead on the Prairie…
The hubby walks in the door after a hard day at work. The little house smells like warm cookies. “What did you do today?” he asks me knowing what I did and really wondering where the cookies are at. “Oh just a little baking,” I reply with a big smile on my face. “What did you bake?” he asks, looking around the kitchen. “You know, just a few dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread, bagels, and a couple batches of tortillas for the freezer.”
Yep, that’s a typical baking day around here. And I couldn’t do it without my one trusty kitchen tool. Well, I could, but boy, my arms would be hurting at the end of that day! Yes, I’m talking about my Bosch Mixer. I absolutely love that thing. I wanted one for a long time after my mom got hers but I talked myself out of it for a long time. I thought, well I could try a Kitchen Aid, those are cheaper and would pretty much do the same thing. Then I thought, well I won’t really use it as much as I think I might.
So I bought a Kitchen Aid, kept it for a whole 3 days, and hated it. I tried to use the dough hooks to make a loaf of bread and it got to hot half way through and shut off, for hours. I was not impressed and I sent it back. A few days later I gave in and bought myself the Bosch Mixer. It did not come cheap, I believe I paid around $350. I started using it the first day it arrived and I’ve been in love ever since. That thing can whip triple batches of bread dough around like it’s nothing! I use it almost every day.
I could have kept the cheaper Kitchen Aid, but I don’t think I would have been happy. In this case it was well worth it to spend the extra to get what I really knew that I wanted and it’s helped me so much in the kitchen! I don’t have to break my back kneading loaf after loaf of bread. The bread turns out super light and fluffy from having a proper kneading and I can make BIG batches at once and freeze them for later, saving me alot of time. It doesn’t just knead bread though, I also have food processing attachments and my mom has a blender for hers which she loves. Those machines are crazy powerful! I can’t say enough good things about them.
When we got married I found a decent priced blender. Not a great brand but it was moderately priced and I thought it would do the job I needed to do. What a mess. It cracked in several places, smelled really awful when it got hot, and broke on the bottom so it didn’t stay attached to the base. When looking for a replacement I found a very nice Cuisnart blender. It was on sale, so not priced too high, but higher than some other brands or models. We took the chance and purchased it and I haven’t looked back. What a nice piece of kitchen equipment! I’ve had it about a year now and not have any cracks in the plastic, or any issues at all.
After our wedding I purchased a pizza stone. I knew I loved cooking with stoneware and I’d got many other stones from my Pampered Chef bridal party. Since I only had 1 stone cookie sheet (until this last weekend and I got a second for my birthday!) I used to use the pizza stone as a second cookie sheet. The cookies never cooked the same as the Pampered Chef stone. The pizza stone was something I purchased from Target and spent a whole $10 on. It wasn’t worth it, the other stone did such a superior job baking.
You may wonder why I have a post such as this on a frugal living website. Maybe you are thinking, “Why on earth is she telling me to spend more money?!” Well, I’ve discovered, as I’m sure many of your have, that some things just aren’t worth it! Take that blender I had for example. The first one we had cost about $20. It worked. It blended things up for the most part. It was ok. The second blender we got cost around $40. It’s going to last me way longer than the first ever would have. So really, even though the initial expense was higher, I will save more in the long run from buying quality kitchen appliances.
Part 1 was all about kitchen goodies, part 2 will be all about outside the home things, written by my hubby and coming next week!
What about you, do you buy more expensive appliances? How do you budget for a bigger purchase? If you already buy the more expensive appliances, have you found that it’s worth it?