L. Johnson wrote:Review please. In general I love non-powered tools, though the quality can be questionable.
Any complaints on these two? And if they're great can you share the make and model?
I try to have a manual alternative for every electric tool and piece of equipment I own. I've been very happy with both of these, with some caveats.
The manual food processor pictured is a King Kutter brand. I bought it about a decade ago at a thrift shop for $10(!). I found the manual online as a free PDF download. It is easy to set up, easy to operate, and easy to clean. Much, much faster than a knife, and so great for bulk processing. The only problem I've had, is that mine has a suction cup base, which stopped sucking. So I haven't been able to use it. I recently found a replacement base, so I may be back in business.
The webrestaurantstore sells replacement parts and extra cones/drums.
The blender is a GSI Vortex hand crank blender, which I admit I don't use often. It's mostly my non-electric emergency backup, although it would be great for camping. I have tested it out and can say it does a fairly good job. It has two spots to place the crank for low speed and high speed. At the high speed you get a workout! It did best soft foods and smoothies, but what I couldn't do with it was liquefy garlic in tomato juice (for garlic's antimicrobial benefit).
Non-electric gadgets can be homemade, as well as store bought. A bunch of us have contributed to a Permies thread concerned with useful homemade gadgets. While it's true that a lot of us used electricity in making these things, the gadgets themselves are often ones that are utilized without electricity.
I post the URL in this thread for two reasons: some people may decide the gadgets that are pictured & explained would be useful in their lives, and worth making; but also, some Permies members reading this may have something they've made that would be worth showing & telling about in the homemade-gadgets thread: