It's a King Kutter food and vegetable cutter. This hand powered food processor will come in so handy for all the food preservation I do. To be honest, I often think that my blender with its processor attachment are too much trouble to get out, set-up, and especially clean up. Not to mention that using them means numerous small amounts (filling, emptying, scraping, and making a big mess in general). I often just use a knife to save time. Funny, because the electric gadgets are supposed to be the time savers.
I looked this baby up online and discovered that they can still be purchased new. One with five cone blades like mine, retails for $140 plus shipping. I got it for $10. Obviously I'm really pleased with this bargain. Plus, I was able to find a downloadable manual, so I'll know what to do with all those blades.
That same day, DH came home from a run to Ohio. On his way back, he stopped at an antique shop and found some great bargains.
I was most excited about these...
...gallon crocks for lactofermenting! I have the huge one he bought me, but really wanted a few smaller ones. Quart mason jars work okay, but these will be so much better. He got them for the amazing price of $12.50 each. Well, I think that's an amazing price, because here in the Southern Appalachians, things like these are priced for well-to-do tourists at $35 to $45 each. He got four, for less than I would have paid for one (except that I refuse to pay that much for them.) I still need some lids/weights, and then I'm in business.
Also, he brought me a lovely bean pot....
$8And two pirns!
$2 each. Perfect for my bargain end-feed shuttle (which I will use some day.)
For himself, he found this...
... a hand drill, aka brace and bit. It came with the large bit you see next to it. The smaller bit in the brace is one of DH's bits from his battery operated drill. They can be fitted into it too.
He first tried to find one of these when we worked on the fence posts for the first goat field. He had two drills, an electric one and a battery powered one. The battery one was old and died on him before we got the corner bracing installed; our outdoor extension cord couldn't reach to those back corners. So he went to Lowe's and asked to purchase a brace and bit. The sales guy didn't have a clue as to what he was talking about. In addition, his old drill was so old, that batteries are no longer made for it. He ended up buying a new battery powered drill, disgusted that the only thing he could do with the old one was throw it away. Even worse, the new batteries (it came with two) can't hold a charge. While working on the new fence, he ended up buying another, longer extension cord so we wouldn't have to wait two hours after every brace assembly before we could use the drill again. He was very happy with this find.
The next day I was on my way to the county library, and ran across an estate sale. I got a hand crank meat grinder for $3.
One of these days we'll be making our own ground meat and sausage.
A seed spreader.
And two used but clean, heavy duty trash cans for storing chicken, goat, and llama feed. $1 each.
I've never found so many good bargains in so short a time. Really gives me a lot to be thankful for.
Bargain Finds For The Homestead © November 2010