Rediscovering Traditions: How Sustainable Living is a Trend, Again

young farmer with flowersSustainability, self-sufficiency, and environmental friendliness has recently hit the younger generations in a big way. All over the internet, thousands of young people are sharing their dreams of one day living a life filled with vegetable gardens, solar power, clotheslines, butter churns, bread baking, and farm animals. Continue reading

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream the Traditional Way

chocolate ice cream

Editor’s Note: Nothing beats homemade ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Galen Lehman, CEO of Lehman’s and son of founder Jay Lehman, is sharing how to make this sweet treat in a traditional ice cream freezer (like the one pictured above).

Our family spent 10 years in Africa doing missionary and disaster relief work. In those days, dairy products and especially ice cream were rarely available. Our version of a great party included homemade ice cream (if we could find the ingredients). Fortunately, the list is short: Cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla. And, if you can’t get the first three ingredients, Carnation Condensed Milk and vanilla makes a passable (but not especially great) substitute.

The real question with every homemade ice cream party is “hand cranked” or “electric”? Continue reading

Homemade Ice Cream: How to Create the Perfect Flavors

girl with ice creamEditor’s Note: July is National Ice Cream Month, and we’re celebrating with making our own ice cream. Read on to discover yummy ways to create the best homemade ice cream. (Originally published July 2018)

“The whole is only as good as the sum of its parts” definitely applies when making homemade ice cream. Why? Because of the simplicity of taking 3 common ingredients; dairy, eggs, and sugar, and changing them into luscious, creamy ice cream is awesome. Once you have homemade ice cream, you will never look at grocery store ice cream the same again! Continue reading

We Churned Butter: A Beginner’s Story of Making Butter and Memories

bread and butterHere at Lehman’s, we often hear from folks about their latest homesteading adventures, from raising chickens and bees to planting tomatoes for the first time. Recently, one of our own shared his story of how he went from an ordinary day at work of managing Lehman’s website and all things digital to going home and churning butter for the first time. Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

immergood amish ice cream freezerEditor’s Note: This article was originally posted in June 2015.

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma takes us back to those times of laughter, joy and camaraderie. And, what food is a better sweet memory starter than ice cream? What are your favorite ice cream memories? Running after the ice cream truck as its bell rings its way past your house? Sharing the cold sweetness with cousins at a summer family reunion?

Mine revolve around the ice cream freezer, because we always like to make our own. In fact, our hand-cranked ice cream freezer took on mythical importance to our family life. It was like an ice cream fount of goodness, the horn of plenty from which sprang sweet, creamy cold-on-a-hot-summer-day fun. Continue reading

Making It Yourself: Why Bother?

Kathy's homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Kathy’s homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

I recently taught a workshop on soapmaking at our local folk school. I was telling a friend about it and she asked a pretty profound question: Why do you bother? Continue reading

Get the Pantry Ready – It’s National Canned Food Month!

canned food in pantryFebruary is all about canned food. In fact, it’s officially recognized as National Canned Food Month.

The convenience of canned food has many perks – no refrigeration, little to no prep time, and it can speed up getting dinner on the table, which is a huge help when you’re short on time or have unexpected company.

So, sticking with the theme of the month, we gathered up some of our favorite posts all about canned food, including some delicious recipes. Happy eating! Continue reading

Super Bites and Slow-Cooker Dips for THE Big Game

OK, there is a pretty big football game coming up soon. And if you’ll have hungry game watchers in your house that day (or any day, really), the following recipes are guaranteed to impress – and let you enjoy the festivities, too!

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January is for Homemade Soup (Recipes Inside!)

chicken and gnocchi soupHappy National Soup Month! While we can’t avoid the cold weather, we can surely find ways to make it more tolerable, and homemade soup is the perfect remedy.

Today, we’re sharing with you a recipe straight from Lehman’s newest cookbook, The Sapphire Cookbook Collection. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Classic Christmas Cookies: Bulgarian Maslenki Cookie

maslenki-cookies

Editor’s Note: Kathy Harrison, preparedness maven, is also a fantastic cook! Every year, her very large family gets together, and what she calls the “cookie wars’ break out! This year, she’s got an international surprise in store for them, and she shares the recipe and story with us. Continue reading