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Friday, November 9, 2012

Stove Top Food Dehydrator | Corn Drying Pan Reproduced

These double layered pans were developed as a necessity to preserve food, as in their origination  drying food was the only method known to preserve food for long hard winters.

The pans were used on wood cooking and heating stoves.  The center layer was left open with a water fill port to maintain sandwich of hot water between the hot stove and the food that was being dried.

The pans were called corn drying pans probably because the most dried food commodity at that time would have been corn.  They were also used to dry other vegetables, fruits and to make all types of meat jerky.

The pan has been redeveloped and re-introduced by Cottage Craft Works .com.  In doing so like most of the reproduced products the pans have been remade using all stainless, and are built just as heavy duty by the Amish as the original pans.

The original pans were made of galvanized metal with lead containing solder used to seal the joints.  The galvanized metal rusted from the inside out making the pans unusable to hold water.

The welded stainless will not present these problems, as these new pans are likely to last for generations.

With the popularity and interest in dehydrating foods and drying sprouted and water soaked nuts, these old time water pans will bring a new dimension on the way food is dehydrated.

The pans work well on electric and gas stoves, and will replace the oven for dehydrating foods.

If you like to make your own pasta and dry it you will need one of these pans, which are favored by the Amish for this use.



Miss Hit Wagon Mounted Old Fashioned Ice Cream Freezers

These old fashioned ice cream freezers powered by a refurbished John Deere Hit Miss engine will bring nostalgic old time memories back to your next gathering.

Featuring a single or double Amish made Ice Cream Freezer these Ice Cream Wagons are equipped just like the original  ones that were used in the old time county fairs and 4th of July celebrations.

The old John Deere Hit and Miss engines were used to power many farm and home appliances before more modern small gas engines were developed and then followed by electric motors.

These wagons are made in an Amish shop and are equipped with the Amish made 20 qt Country Ice Cream Freezer.

Several models are available with rubber or authentic wood spoke wheels.  You can even purchase one using a modern compressor for freezing.  This provides the nostalgic crowd drawing ice cream maker without the mess of the ice and salt.  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reproduction Singer Treadle Sewing Cabinets

Cottage Craft Works .com known for their creative way of bringing old time products back into the market place has just introduced a reproduction sewing cabinet for the older Singer Class 15 Sewing machines.

The cabinet is available in a treadle version for the oldest machines or without a treadle for the electric machines Singer machines that were manufactured in the mid 1900s.

Like most of the products the reproduction Singer cabinet is Amish handcrafted, probably better than the original as it uses solid oak or cherry for the top and the drawer fronts.  Most of the old cabinets were covered in veneer, which is one reason not many have survived.

The actual Singer Sewing Machines were built like a tank and many have survived, however without a cabinet for the machine to sit in and be operated by a treadle, up until now they have been mostly decorating items or collected.

Now with this reproduction cabinet the old Singer Class 15 Machines can go back to work.  

Despite all the electronic sewing machines available many still enjoy the control and the singing of an old Singer Treadle.

These stunning cabinet also will add to the nostalgic decor of any sewing room.


Cabinets are also available for the newer and popular Janome 712T Treadle Machine.


Purchase these Amish handcrafted sewing machine cabinets at Cottage Craft Works .com

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