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

Simple Sorbets a Refreshing Alternative

Ice Cream Spade

It’s all in the design. This spade is so popular in our store we can barely keep it in stock. Now you can have one without traveling to Ohio.

Chris Funk, today’s guest contributor, has been experimenting with sorbets for a while. A great home cook, Chris is also known for his pretzel buns. Today, he’s sharing his simple sorbet recipe, which is perfect for seasonal berries, stone fruit, apples, and pears.

                                                                                                            –Country Life

I’ve mainly started making sorbets because it was a healthier alternative than a full heavy cream or  a half and half ice cream. So it started with a strawberry sorbet: a delicious base mix, but a pain to make due to the seeds!

Then I moved onto raspberry, then peach, and now pear. Pears are just coming in here in southwest Ohio, and we have some really great ones grown locally.  Any favorite fruit will work, you just sometimes have to take the juiciness of the fruit into consideration when you’re making the sorbet. This is especially important if you decide to use a frozen fruit for the sorbet. You’ll have to thaw and drain it before moving on with the recipe.

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Have Your Ice Cream (and Top It Too!)

Ice cream freezers

Heirloom quality with today’s technology. Choose 4, 6, 8 quart freezers from Lehman’s in Kidron or from Lehmans.com.

Another set of great family ice cream recipes to share during National Ice Cream month! Hope you’re enjoying these as much as we are.  –CountryLife

When it comes to taste, texture and downright nostalgia, you can’t beat 
homemade ice cream. Of course, part of its deliciousness comes from the effort part – yes, the cranking, and the waiting part – that is, until it’s sufficiently frozen 
to eat. It’s a summertime tradition here in Ohio, no doubt about that.

Amish, non-Amish and everyone in between, we all love ice cream. In fact, my in-laws (from whom the next two recipes came) used to give their dog his own special bowl of the stuff each and every time it was made. He’d patiently sit right beside the freezer as we all cranked, and cranked, and talked, and laughed, and cranked some more. Mix these two tried-and-true recipes in your own hand-crank ice cream freezer, and see below for some unexpected and delectable topping ideas. 

Grandmother’s Heirloom Vanilla Ice Cream (Grandmother’s recipe) 

4 eggs, well beaten 
2 Tablespoons vanilla 
2 cups sugar 
1 pint whipping cream 
6 cups milk 
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Mix together and freeze in freezer. Makes 1 gallon.
Please note: This recipe requires raw eggs. Please be cautious. Children and persons with reduced immune systems should avoid eating raw eggs. See previous July–National Ice Cream Month posts for alternate recipes that do not use raw eggs.


Heirloom Lemon Ice Cream (Great-grandmother’s recipe) 

1 quart thin cream OR 1 cup milk plus 3 cups heavy cream 
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
1 cup sugar 
dash of salt 

Scald cream with sugar, salt and lemon juice. Cool and freeze. 

Charming retro bowls are perfect for sundaes. At Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Charming retro bowls are perfect for sundaes. At Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Six Luscious Homemade Ice Cream Sundaes 

1. Berry Shortcake Blast – Crumbled vanilla wafers (or other favorite 
vanilla cookie), sliced strawberries, whole blueberries and/or black raspberries. 

2. Cherry Crisp – Tart cherries, your favorite granola, chopped almonds 
and a drizzle of molasses 

3. Candy Bar – Milk chocolate chips, chopped nuts and drizzled caramel 
topping 

4. Red and White Delight – White chocolate chips and red raspberries 

5. Salted Caramel Sundae – Crushed Pretzels and coarsely chopped caramels 

6. Tropical Treat – Crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, chopped 
maraschino cherries and flaked coconut 

*The above toppings are best with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Tip: For cookouts and parties, portion out ice cream into bowls 2-3 hours ahead of time, cover and freeze until ice cream is completely firm. Add toppings and serve immediately. 

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

Homemade Gelato: A Tasty Take on Ice Cream

Homemade Gelato

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 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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Goodbye June…Hello, National Ice Cream Month!

The Ice Cream Bible at Lehmans.com

Expand your dessert skills: includes recipes for gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbets. At Lehman’s in Kidron or at Lehmans.com.

June’s a big month for us at Lehman’s. We’re smack in the middle of Ohio’s Amish Country, which means we’re surrounded by dairy farms. Dairy products are big business in our area of Ohio. But there’s one dairy product we love more than any other…ice cream!

And July’s National Ice Cream Month!

Why celebrate with boxes of stone-cold-frozen bricks from the grocery when it’s just as easy to make your own? Here at Lehman’s, we can offer you some of the easiest (and most enjoyable) ways to make your own ice creams. Ice creams that will be fresh, sweet, and homemade, exactly to the tastes of you and your family! Continue reading