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Great Valentine's Day gift ideas for the homesteading kitchen

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The kitchen is such a huge part of the homestead as you prepare, preserve and enjoy the produce that you have harvested from your farm.

Whether milk, eggs, vegetables or baked goods are in abundance, there's a perfect Valentine's Day gift that will take pride of place in any homesteading kitchen to be enjoyed over and over throughout the year.

Although one of the pricier countertop items, Kitchenaid stand mixers have been the choice for chefs and cooks for years. Not just a mixer, these handy appliances can have many attachments added, such as grinders, sausage makers and even an ice cream machine.

With an abundance of vegetables, fruit and herbs coming in from the garden, a dehydrator such as this Nesco model from Target will get hours of use. Preserve the bounty from your garden for the months to come and even make your own dried herbs for cooking.

Have a goat or a cow? Then it's a fair bet that you're getting more milk than you can use. Cheese is a delicious way to preserve and enjoy the milk, and with a cheese press, you can make a huge variety of cheeses, from queso fresco to cheddar! This one is proudly hand made in the USA.

Did you get a bumper crop of muscadines or grapes this year? Enjoy the literal fruits of your labor in these cute 'redneck wine glasses', which you can have engraved with your Valentine's name or initials!

Traditionally, chickens begin to lay again after the winter break right around Valentine's Day. Your Valentine will enjoy collecting eggs in this vintage style shabby chic basket, which will also look right at home in your homestead kitchen.

Katy Light has a 44 acre homestead in North GA, where she raises goats, bunnies and chickens. Find her blog at www.poppycreekfarm.com. She can be reached at katy@poppycreekfarm.com.

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