Celebrate International Picnic Day! (Safely)

picnic essentials

Tomorrow is International Picnic Day! Whether you are at a ball field, a concert or

Handmade by the Amish, our serving tray adds rustic charm to your picnics, parties and family dinners. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Handmade by the Amish, our serving tray adds rustic charm to your picnics, parties and family dinners. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

just flying a kite in the park, having a picnic is one of the official signs of summer and relaxation. So that everyone enjoys the moment and you have no regrets later, keeping the food safe should be a priority. Here are a few tips to make sure that happens:

COOL IT. Coolers are essential. If you are planning on staying all day, take two. One cooler can be used for the beverages and food that will be eaten first and a second one that won’t be opened until food is needed later in the day. Remember that cold air descends, so place ice packs on top, once the food is packed. Also remember that everything should be Continue reading

Heirloom Ice Cream Makes For Cool Summer Fun

Lehman's Homemade Ice cream freezers

Buckets of homemade ice cream, all made by my family!

Making ice cream for the 4th of July has been a tradition with our family since my mother’s father was a kid. Even though both my grandparents are gone now, their kids are keeping the tradition alive.
We had to push the gathering to July 5th this year, but my mother and 3 of her 5 siblings plus spouses, children and grandchildren all gathered for a family cookout that, as always, ended with ice cream. Because one of my mom’s brothers now lives in my grandparents’ house, we are still gathering at the same house we have been going to for well over 40 years. Continue reading

Sweet Tea Concentrate Kicks off Holiday With A Bang

Ball Collectible Green Jars

Any quart canning jar will do for your tea concentrate, even the new collectible green jars from Ball. At Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio or at Lehmans.com.

Our guest blogger, Sharon Petersen of Simply Canning, has passed along the best idea! She makes sweet tea concentrate, so she can always serve her family fresh, cold iced tea. It’s so easy that we’re wondering why WE didn’t think of it before now!

Her recipe:
1 quart boiling water
1 family sized tea bag or 2-3 regular tea bags
2/3 cup sugar
Dump the sugar into a quart canning jar, and pour the boiling water over it, so the sugar dissolves. Pop in the tea bag (or tea bags), and let steep to the strength you like.

Cover the jar, and store the concentrate in the refrigerator.
To serve: Pour concentrate into gallon pitcher. Fill with ice water to make one gallon. Stir well.

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