It’s Dairy Month! Make Some Creamy Avocado Ice Cream

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A month before I had our twins, I received doctor’s orders to stay off my feet to delay their entry into this world as long as possible. We asked a young Filipino woman to come and stay with us for a time. She needed help and so did we. Medy taught us how to make an amazing typical Filipino avocado ice cream. Continue reading

Homemade Farm-Fresh Butter: 2 Ways

butter on toastMaking fresh, creamy, preservative-free homemade butter is simpler than you think! All you need are a couple easy-to-find ingredients, the right tools and a little bit of time. Enjoy these basic recipes for small batch and big batch homemade butter, in honor of National Dairy Month!
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Foolproof Homemade Yogurt

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Our children seriously love yogurt. They will eat it every day, in a bowl by itself, with various toppings, in smoothies, right out of the container, you name it. I know it’s good for them. However — and I’m probably the last mom on the planet to notice this — most store-bought yogurt has an obscene amount of sugar in it. Also, yogurt is not cheap, especially the all-natural/organic varieties I like to buy. So, in order to save money, feed their (healthy) yogurt habit, but reduce the (not so healthy) sugar habit, I invested in a yogurt maker from Lehman’s – and I made my own! Continue reading

Better Butter = Homemade

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It takes April in New England to fully appreciate a good pair of rubber boots. I slogged through the mud and muck yesterday to reach my neighbor’s barn. The reward was well worth the effort. By the door of the milk parlor were 6 ½ gallon jugs of fresh raw milk, the deep yellow cream already rising to the top. Continue reading

Enter to Win Your Christmas – On Us!

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Always wanted to try ___? Start smart with a kit.

Contrary to popular opinion, it just isn’t possible to make a living selling some

Our starter set includes everything you need to make several batches - enough to wash more than 800 loads at less than 7¢ per load.

Our starter set includes everything you need to make several batches of homemade laundry soap – enough to wash more than 800 loads at less than 7¢ per load.

honey, maple syrup and candles at a farm stand. I have to do other things — many, many other things — to avoid leaving home and hearth to pay the bills. I do a fair bit of writing and I teach a lot of workshops. Some have to do with my work with children impacted by abuse, neglect and foster care (my other life) and many are focused on teaching traditional skills like soap making, candle dipping, food preservation and making herbal salves and ointments.

I teach classes on how to do these things the traditional way, but I’m definitely not a purist. In fact, I’m a big fan of beginner’s kits. There are all kinds of kits available for all of the skills mentioned and just about any other you can think of. In fact, I got my start in mastering a lot of skills by purchasing said kits. Continue reading

Grandma’s Butter Churn is Back, And Totally Cool

We can all agree that there’s a modern disconnect between us and our food. We’ve

Lehman's has redesigned and resurrected the old beloved Dazey churns of the past - now easier to use than ever. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron.

Lehman’s has redesigned and resurrected the old beloved Dazey churns of the past – now easier to use than ever. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron.

simply forgotten what goes into it, and where it comes from.One of our favorite stories from our store happened as a staff member was demonstrating our most popular butter churn. The clear glass jar was filled with cream, and she was churning away when a little girl stopped to watch with her mother. They oohed, ahhed and then wandered away. A little while later, after the cream had turned to butter, the little girl returned to the area and exclaimed,”Oh, I missed it! When did you put in the butter?” Continue reading

Secret to the BEST ice cream? Get crankin’

Our favorite foods and our best memories are inextricably linked. The flavor and aroma

Immergood means "always good" - and that's just what these Amish-made freezers are, and they produce ice cream that's "always good" too!  At lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Immergood means “always good” – and that’s just what these Amish-made freezers are. They make ice cream that’s “always good” too! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

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

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Lehman’s, our very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

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Homemade Gelato: A Tasty Take on Ice Cream

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Homemade chocolate gelato . . . looks good, right?

Wondering what to make for your upcoming cookouts and picnics? I was in the same situation when I was invited to a Fourth of July picnic last weekend. I always bring a dessert of some kind, but I wanted something different this time, something that involved no boxed mixes and that would please a crowd. That’s when I turned to gelato.
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