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Friday, February 22, 2019

New Energy Efficient Dishwasher Dries Poorly

It’s a fact, new energy efficient dishwashers no longer produce the drying heat of older models. In order to comply with new appliance Federal Energy Efficiency Guidelines manufactures have reduced the heating capacity that once dried all types of dishes.

This results in plastic food storage containers and nonstick coated pans still dripping wet when the dishwasher completes the drying cycle.

Many owners who have replaced an older dishwasher with a new energy efficient model believe their new dishwasher is defective.

Drying and spotting agents do have a significant impact on the drying, but some items that don’t absorb heat like plastics and nonstick kitchen wares just can’t hold in what little heat is produced and then finish the drying at the end of the cycle.

Placing wet dishes into cabinets, especially on the bottom of plastic drinking glasses and coffee cups will start breaking down the cabinet finishes. Both raw exposed wood and wet dishes then harbor germs and bacteria.

So, what is one to do?

You can revert to old-fashioned dishwashing techniques such as hand drying with a dishtowel or air drying on a dishrack which, begs the question of the little girl on the dishwashing detergent commercial “So, what exactly does the dishwasher do?” Dish towels can also harbor bacteria and should be changed frequently with fresh ones.

We have found that an old-fashioned kitchen sink drainboard has become a modern-day necessity to finish air drying plastics and nonstick dishes. However, the ones being sold in stores are just not very adaptive to newer style kitchens. They don’t drain well, leaving countertops wet, are bulky to store away, as they are just ugly to leave out on nice countertops and kitchen sinks.

We use this Amish made stainless steel kitchen sink drainboard from Cottage Craft  The stainless-steel fits nicely with our high-end stainless kitchen appliances and goes nicely with our country farm sink.

The size is perfect for holding a standard stainless dish rack leaving space to dry long spoons on the side. Oversized commercial pots and pans can be air dried with or without the dishrack just like they are done in a commercial kitchen.

Best of all the positive drain slope of the drainboard doesn’t allow water to pool underneath and damage the countertops.

These drainboards are used by large Amish families who do most of the cooking at home without owning dishwashers.

The drainboard has also forced us to become even more energy efficient as we find it’s just as easy to now handwash the big pots and pans, as well as plastic freezer containers and then air dry them on the drainboard saving critical space in the dishwasher for standard dishes.

You can expect to pay around $100 for the drainboard and shipping. It’s an investment that will last a lifetime to be passed down to generations. Considering the number of dishes washed in the average household in a year the payback is rather quick.

Cottage Craft Works offers two styles, a closed lip back across the back edge and an open back edge.  The open back is more economically priced as it takes less labor to make than the closed back.

We prefer the closed back style as it allows us to use the drainboard as an extra prep area where we can use the spray hose to wash out vegetables in a colander on the drainboard.

Cottage Craft Works also offers powder coated decorator style drainboards in black and granite style finishes for those kitchens using newer black appliances and decorator kitchen sinks and countertops.

 Custom sizes are also available for different uses for home and commercial kitchens. 

Pressing Tinctures, Herbal Oils, Extracts, Using A Hydraulic Press

Get the maximum extract from your tincture mixes from herbs and plants for medicinal as well as flavor enhancers. 

When it comes maximizing the fruits of your labor and squeezing absolutely every droplet form expensive herbs and plants only a hydraulic tincture-herb-oil press will give you commercial duty results. The more tonnage of pressure the more dryer pulp plug known as the “marc” will become allowing the most potent tinctures to be squeezed out.

Hand screw presses just don’t apply the types of pressure to bear down on the marc thus as much as 20%-40% of the most beneficial tincture is left untouched and eventually thrown away with the marc.

The self-sufficient Amish probably understands the concept of getting the most benefits and usefulness of the manual labors and tools used in order to sustain their lifestyle.

Extracting essential herbs and oils is a large part of the Amish way of life for making homemade flavor enhancers, soaps, candles, medicinal salves, and tonics.

The Amish also grow most all their herbs and hand-collect wild plant leaves and roots to make their own tincture brews. They want to make the most of the hard work it takes to do so.

Thus, when it comes to making functional items to get the job done, they tend to do an overkill above anything else on the market both for long term use and the maximum output. They tend to use substantially thicker raw materials in the metal parts and overengineer the construction.

While most tincture hydraulic jack presses use a 6-Ton bottle jack the Amish step it up and use an 8-Ton or even a 20-Ton jack. While most use just any imported bottle jack the Amish use only a well-made USA bottle jack built in ISO certified factories.

CCW USA Amish Tincture Press

Time is important and to support the extra-large families most everything they make must be oversized as well. So, instead of making a ½ gallon press the Amish made tincture press has a one-gallon capacity.

The extra pressing power with the heavier construction and capacity places this tincture press more on the level of a commercial lab press.

Aside from pressing tincture and essential oils the Amish also use this tincture press for other uses such as pressing cheese and fruit juices.

You will only find the 8 & 20 Ton Amish USA made tincture press online at Cottage Craft

Cottage Craft Works is a unique general store that works closely with Amish cottage based shops to bring old-fashioned USA quality made products to the general market place.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Empanadas | Hand Crank Empanada Maker | Restaurant Commercial Grade Empanada Maker

This heavy commercial grade empanada and pie maker is priced within reach for the family who enjoys making these wonderful empanada meat pies.

Similar hand crank pie machines of this quality are priced over $2000. It’s called The Little Pie Maker and it’s priced under $500.

It’s made commercial grade using heavy cast metals with polished aluminum pie dies. What’s rather unique about this machine is that it was actually developed and is manufactured in the Amish self sufficient communities.
The Amish just build things to last a lifetime and on into the next generations.
While the Amish do enjoy foods from many different cultures the pie maker was actually made to make fried fruit pies for large Amish events.
It's also makes perfect empanadas; it will, cut, and seal just about any other pocket dough like empanadas. The Pie Maker works just as well on calzones, and other similar pie pockets.
The ideal thickness of the dough should be rolled to right a 1/8” thick. The ideal size of the dough is a 6” round to make a perfect 3” x 5” pie.
The Pie Maker will crank out up to 200 empanadas per hour. For a restaurant or commercial kitchen this pie maker will be better enhanced with a commercial dough or pasta roller to keep up the pace in a busy restaurant kitchen cranking empanadas.
For a family, The Little Pie Maker makes a good reason to pull together an extended family to make a large batch of pies for each family to take home and restock the freezer.
Empanadas are a stuffed pastry that is believed to have originated in Spain. They are a main menu item in Latin and South American companies extending into other countries with different variations of the meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits used to stuff the dough pocket.
From a culture that thrives on seafood to cultures using meats and cheeses the name empanadas is used in many different languages and menus.
There is even a possibility that the empanada also influenced the development of other meat filled pies such as the calzone or the Cornish pasties. Because of the same shape of the dough pocket The Little Pie Maker will also make these as well.
Whether you use The Little Pie Maker to make empanadas, calzones, pasties, or fruit pies this little machine can crank out a perfect sealed pie pocket ready for the oven or deep fryer.
The Little Pie Maker is only available online at Cottage Craft Works .com
International flat rate shipping is available outside of the United States.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

USA STONEWARE-Made in the USA Pottery

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  1. USA Made Vinegar Fermenting Crock

    Our two-gallon vinegar crock is the perfect fermenting vessel for batch or continuous fermenting. The thick pottery walls help insulate and provide the ideal dark environment for fermenting. The beveled neck all... Learn More
  2. Glazed Pottery Bird Houses Color Options

    Whether you use these indoor for decoration or outdoors for decoration these ceramic birdhouses will add a “Touch of Class” to any home or yard.
    Birdho... Learn More
  3. Stoneware | Redneck Chicken Cooker In Wisteria Pattern

    This is probably one of the most classy chicken cookers that you will find. In fact, Red Neck might not be fitting for the name. Some also call this a beer can chicken cookers as well.
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  4. USA Kombucha Tea Brewing Crock

    Kombucha tea fermentation crock is USA hand turned the old fashioned way using no lead or cadmium.
    This beautiful fermenting crock will hold 2 gallons of tea for y... Learn More
  5. 3 Gal | Fermentation Crock

    Fermenting is an old-time food preservation method that is once again gaining popularity because of the many reported health benefits over more modern day preserving processes. Fermenting is like making w...Learn More
  6. USA Pottery | Stoneware Pitchers Blue Stripe

    Functional and beautiful stoneware pitchers keep your liquids much colder than plastic pitchers. Many just wouldn’t have their ice tea or lemonade any other way. Fresh ice cold milk and fresh squeezed oran... Learn More
  7. USA Stoneware 2-3 Gallon Crock

    Old Fashioned hand-turned stoneware crocks! Crocks are lead and cadmium free!
    Our Crocks are great for lots of purposes. They are very functional for making...Learn More
  8. USA Stoneware 5 Gallon Crock

    Old time handmade stoneware crocks! Crocks are lead and cadmium free!
    Our Crocks are great for lots of purposes. They are very functional for making pickles... Learn More
  9. USA Stoneware Beverage, Milk Pitcher

    USA stoneware beverage, milk pitcher. An old-fashioned lidded pitcher perfect for fresh milk and other beverages. Available in ¼, ½ and 1-gallon sizes.
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  10. USA Stoneware Large Bread Making Bowl

    Our 16" large bread making bowl is only 6” deep making it easy to reach in to handle, knead and punch down bread dough. Bowls are still hand turned and made the old fashioned way and hand painted with eith... Learn More
  11. USA Stoneware Medium Bread Making Bowl

    Our 14" medium bread making bowl is perfect for small families. A shallow bowl to handle, knead and punch down bread dough.  
    The USA made stoneware is lead a...Learn More
  12. USA Stoneware Pottery |  Baking Dish Set of Three

    Get all three of our baking dishes in a complete set! Set includes our 9”, 11” and 12-1/2” baking dishes.
    Rediscover the lost b... Learn More
  13. USA Stoneware Pottery | New England Style Casserole Dish

    New England style casserole dishes are designed and made just like the old-fashioned dishes to use for baking some of your favorite casseroles and main dishes. The unique potbelly design uses less water and tran... Learn More
  14. USA Stoneware Pottery |  Pie Pan | Pie Plate

    Enjoy the benefits of cooking more evenly using these USA made pie pans. Cooks have enjoyed using pottery bakeware for centuries.  Pie pans are designed for baking some of your favorite home-baked fruit and... Learn More
  15. USA Stoneware Pottery | 10 Inch Deep Bowl | Blue Stripe

    Put a touch of old fashion charm into your kitchen. These bowls are both beautiful and functional just as the original blue stripe bowls were made and used in simpler times. Like the originals, these bowls will ... Learn More
  16. USA Stoneware Pottery | 12 Inch  Deep Bowl  | Blue Stripe

    These bowls are both beautiful and functional just as the original blue stripe bowls were made and used in simpler times. Like the originals, these bowls will also very likely become family heirlooms. Custom han... Learn More
  17. USA Stoneware Pottery | 14 Inch  Deep Bowl  | Blue Stripe

    Put a touch of old-fashioned charm into your kitchen. These bowls are both beautiful and functional just as the original blue stripe bowls were made and used in simpler times. Like the originals, these bowls wil... Learn More
  18. 16 Inch Large Blue Stripe Deep Bowl

    This old-fashioned pottery bowl will bring back many memories. Now you can start your own family tradition with this huge 16” pottery bowl. It’s Just like the one my mom used to make her homemade pot... Learn More
  19. USA Stoneware Pottery | Baked  Bean | Stew | Crock Pot Blue Stripe

    Our belly style bean and stew crocks are perfect for baking up old-time recipes.
    Convenient handles allow easy transfer from the oven to the counter.
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  20. USA Stoneware Pottery | Batter Bowl | Blue Striped

    Our old fashion batter bowls are the best! They have a large handle and a handy spout for pouring liquids, cake mixes, eggs, and whatever else you may be mixing up in the kitchen. No need to mess up more bowls t... Learn More

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