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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hand Push Reel Mowers | New Mowers USA Old Fashion Quality

High quality USA made reel mowers are still available today.  Ideal for small to medium size yards where storage for gas and gas powered equipment is just not available.

Reel mowers are very environmental friendly to reduce your carbon foot print.  They are also very neighbor friendly with no noisy engine.

Reel Mowers were the only way to mow yards before the invention of the gas powered lawn mower.
The mower uses a rotating bank of blades to clip off the grass.  

As the mower is pushed the wheels engage the blades which are geared to turn much faster than the mower is being pushed.

Like most old fashioned products over the years reel mowers have been transferred to the import manufacturer.  And like most imported items the use of cheaper components to keep the price point lower provides a product that  just doesn't seem to perform  or last as long as the original models.

Imported reel mowers seem to push harder and loose the sharpness of the blades quicker.

A trip through Amish communities is a good test of those products that work and those that don’t.  You won’t likely find many imported reel mowers in use since the Amish purchase items that will last a very long time.

When the Amish are unable to find quality reproduction products of the originals they begin to manufacture them to use themselves and to sell within the Amish communities.

Clipper USA is an Amish manufactured reel push mower.  It is available in a 17”, 19” and 21” model. And comes with an unheard of 10 year warranty.



You might call the Clipper the old fashioned Cadillac of reel mowers.   The parts are all USA made using heat harden steel cutting blades and thicker metals than used on the cheaper imports.

They are easy to push, easy to adjust with just one knob and easier to maintain.  Best of all they take up very little space and can even be hung on a wall. 



 You can even purchase them with larger wheels for different turf grasses.  An  optional grass catcher is also available. 

Quality does come at a price expect to pay a little over $600 for something that will be the last mower you will ever need to buy.

You can purchase the Clipper USA at Cottage Craft Works .com

 Cottage Craft Works www.cottagecraftworks.com is a unique back-to-basics sustainable living general store with all types of simple gadgets and products to live more self-sufficient.

With over 5000 products people can find some old fashioned hard to find products that are just not available anywhere else.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ice Cream Makers | Ice Cream Freezers | Making Homemade Ice Cream

When it comes to making homemade ice cream you have several options for an ice cream maker.  Depending on how often you and your family like to make up a batch of fresh ice cream you can spend under a hundred to several hundred dollars.

If you make a small batch of homemade ice cream once or twice a year you can probably get by just fine with one of those imported freezers being sold in discount stores for under a hundred dollars.

However, if you’re a routine homemade ice cream family or you make a lot of ice cream for social functions purchasing  too cheap may end up with a wasted batch and disappointment.

In order to sell those imports so cheaply manufactures use plastic parts and low end components to maintain their profit margins.

To step up a several notches White Mountain Freezers are a long time popular mainstay.   They come in 4 and 6 qt hand crank or electric models.



If you really want to step up into a USA made freezer with larger sizes the Amish made Country Freezers are made with all USA parts.  They range in size from 1 pint all the way up to a 20 qt 5 gallon size.



A new emerging Amish made freezer called the Immergood uses a fiberglass tub and heavy duty stainless parts.  It currently is only available in a 6 qt in hand crank or equipped with a White Mountain or Country electric motor.   A 8 qt Immergood with a USA made motor is in development for 2015.



You can purchase both White Mountain and the Amish made freezers as well as all the replacement parts for older freezers at CottageCraft Works.com

Cottage Craft Works www.cottagecraftworks.com is a unique back-to-basics sustainable living general store with all types of simple gadgets and products to live more self-sufficient.

With over 5000 products people can find some old fashioned hard to find products that are just not available anywhere else.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sweet Corn Silk Cleaner | Motorized Drill Powered | Corn Silk Remover

Removing corn silk from freshly harvested sweet corn can be a breeze with this drill powered sweet corn cleaner from Cottage Craft Works.

For generations hand brushing the sweet corn ears was the normal routine  if you wanted to rid the corn of that bothersome corn silk strings that ended up between the teeth.



It’s a simple rather inexpensive gadget that chucks into either a stationary drill press or into a portable hand drill using the stationary model.


A special designed rotating brush provides just enough stiffness to sweep out the corn silk without damaging the delicate corn kernels.  

Using a battery powered drill this little gadget can be used almost anywhere that sweet corn is being processed, making it perfect for picnics or backyard barbecues distant from electrical outlets.

The drill press model just uses the brush while the stationary model uses an Amish made wooden stand.


The stand can be screwed down to a table or clamped using a c-clamp on the corner of a table or stand.
After the husk is remover, the ears can be cleaned from end to end or side to side.  The brush bristles will not harm finger either. 

Both sweet corn cleaner models can be purchased at CottageCraft Works .com

Cottage Craft Works www.cottagecraftworks.com is a unique back-to-basics sustainable living general store with all types of simple gadgets and products to live more self-sufficient.
With over 5000 products people can find some old fashioned hard to find products that are just not available anywhere else.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Kitchen Sink Drain Board | Drainer Boards | Dish Drain Rack Board

These heavy commercial duty drain boards slant down to the sink.  Unlike the flat drain trays, these drain boards allow water from wet dishware to drain down into a home style kitchen sink and not run out on to the counter and floor.


These hard to find drain boards are Amish made and used by the Amish in their own homes.
Since the Amish have large families with no mechanical dishwashers they process mounds of dishes, pots, pans and utensils after each meal.

The large Stainless Steel drain board not only holds a standard drying rack it allows room on the side to also dry long cooking utensils.   The large 20-1/2” x 18-/4” foot print provides ample area for large sheet pans that tilt out of a drying rack to catch the drip off.

Remove the rack and dry those over sized commercial style pots and pans.



Drain board also serves as an extra work area to wash off vegetables and other food items when using a colander.

The mill finish stainless steel fits in even the most upscale kitchens to match other stainless cooking equipment.

Rolled edges provide a smooth metal edge for daily use and cleaning.

Standard size ships quickly, custom sizes are also available with a 3-4 week build time. 

These drain boards are also being used in commercial kitchens and food trucks to satisfy the health department requirements for additional air drying space.


A smaller powder coated all aluminum drain board is also available.  Measuring 14-1/4”  x 20-3/8” size this economy drain board still provides a good drain off underneath standard size drainer racks.



The powder coated all aluminum drain board is  also small and compact for limited kitchen counter spaces.  Perfect for apartments, RV’s and summer cottages.

Standard color is white, you can even have them made with custom colors for bold retro d├ęcors!



These drain boards are only available at Cottage Craft Works.com.  Cottage Craft Works is a unique back to basics general store that searches out these hard to find  functional products to offer to the general public. 

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