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Friday, November 7, 2014

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This 20 qt old fashion ice cream maker is becoming popular with restaurants and small ice cream shops. 

While soft serve ice cream freezers dominate the fast food restaurants, those wanting to add the taste of old fashion hand crank churned ice cream are turning back in time.  

This  Amish Country Freezer is equipped with a modern day direct drive electric motor set up.

The unit also has a built in amp meter to help determine when each batch is ready.
Dual voltage ¾ HP motor operates on 110/220 volts 60/50Hz Single Phase. Motor is wired for 110 volts with standard US grounded plug for International customers. 

This custom churn from Cottage Craft uses an Amish made 20 qt Country Ice Cream freezer with a direct drive motor.  It has no external belts or pulleys making this freezer set up perfect for the commercial kitchen.

Other Amish companies use belts and pulleys that take up much more space and can become an employee hazard.  This type of set up is also difficult to keep clean and use in a commercial kitchen.

These issues are one of the reasons most commercial operators have steered clear of using this type of ice cream freezer.

Made of commercial grade 304 stainless steel can and dasher.  The unit can be ordered  with NSF certification stamp if required by local health authority.

Country Freezers feature;
  • Amish hand crafted (old time quality, company does not try to compete with imports)
  • Tall design for optimum freezing
  • Extra heavy seamless stainless steel can
  • Rustproof manganese-bronze housing
  • Rustproof zinc gears (stainless steel available up grade on 20-qt)
  • White Oak wooden tub (the same used to make whisky and other barrels)
  • Adjustable stainless steel tub straps (three of them to keep the tub staves tight)
  • Stainless steel shaft & handle
  • Stainless steel dasher 
  • ¼-turn slide latch (positive locking)
  • All stainless steel fittings (nothing to rust)
  • Should last a lifetime
  • 5-year warranty on all stainless steel parts

Everything is mounted on a rolling oak platform equipped with 3” polyurethane wheels.
See more by visiting Cottage Craft Works .com

The standard 20 qt freezer with pulley is also available.  It comes standard with a 14" V belt pulley but can be ordered with a 19" pulley with hand crank.

Cottage Craft Works offers all types of Amish made products for the home, ranch, farm and garden.  It is much like an old fashion Sears Roebuck catalog with functional products that are still being made like they were in the early to mid 1900s.

International companies will want to use an US forwarding agent like for the most economical shipping rates.

Old Fashioned USA Ice Cream-Churns-Freezers-Makers

Quality USA made ice cream freezers are still being made just like the ones you probably grew up with. 

Deep in the heart of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish communities Amish factories are still making ice cream freezers just like they were made in the early 1900s.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s several companies were manufacturing heavy duty hand crank ice cream freezers.  White Mountain emerged as the main survivor and was once considered the Cadillac of back yard ice cream makers. White Mountain also made the transition over to electric powered freezers and still make both hand crank and electric freezers today.

As with many American companies White Mountain  struggled with increasing pressures from investors, imports and the discount store push for lower prices.  The company moved manufacturing out of the US and sold several times  to different large corporations. 

In order for the company to survive the focus had to become centered more on profits and competing with much cheaper models and whole new line of table top electric ice cream makers flooding the US market. 

For the average consumer, these ice cream makers work very good and are priced right.  For the Amish who make homemade ice cream more frequently year round for large families and social events they needed an ice cream freezer built more towards commercial use. 

White Mountain freezers are still a very solid economical choice for a family who enjoys making homemade ice cream on special occasions.

Building an ice cream freezer with  the old fashion durability that the Amish required  just was no longer feasible for main stream corporate America.  So the Amish began to manufacture their own ice cream freezers.

Not being pressured for profits and sales the Amish make products mainly for their own use within the large communities across the US and up into Canada.  Their focus is on long term durability and use.

Over the years Amish made Country Ice Cream Freezers became the most popular ice cream freezer used by the Amish.  Like many great products non Amish quickly realized the quality of the Country Freezers and began to go into the Amish stores to purchase them for their own use.

While the Country Freezer is still one of the best made they still have wooden stave tubs that will begin to leak it they are allowed to dry out.  Storing a wooden tub freezer in a hot garage or attic is just not a good idea.

 To solve this problem other Amish companies have been designing less costly fiberglass tubs that are leak proof.  In doing so one Amish company discovered how to construct a tub to provide an insulating air void between the outer and inner layers.  They also make a rust proof tub center for the triple motion dasher can to smoothly turn on.

This insulating factor keeps the ice cream colder for longer periods of time.

Beyond the improved tubs, these newer Amish made freezers incorporate many improvements over the Country Freezers. 

The hand crank models made by Immergood incorporate long lasting stainless steel gears with nylon wear bushings.  The tub ear and latch are made from heavy stainless steel.  The latch has a positive cam lock.  Immergood is also developing their own USA electric motor to be made as an available option in 2015.

This innovative Amish company that goes by the name Immergood is also adding more options including a fiberglass insulated tub cover to hold the ice cream longer after churning and even a clear can cover to be able to watch the ice cream as it is being made. 

Just to give an example of how the Immergood compares to the County Freezer, watch this Video produced by a customer who purchased the hand crank frame and compared it to the one made by Country Freezer.

Country Freezers have the most sizes available starting with a cute 1 qt going all the way up to the commercial 5 gallon 20 quart size.

Most families find the 6 or 8 quart models adequate for them, while the 20 quart is used for large socials and church events.

You might also see the Country 20 quart hooked to an old time hit and miss motor at a county fair as many ice cream vendors use them to attract a crowd.  There’s nothing better than a hot apple dumpling topped with a scoop of homemade ice cream.

As restaurants and small ice cream shops try to entice customers with unique dishes many are purchasing the 20 quart Country Freezer equipped with a direct drive electric motor. 

While many of the Amish shops still use belts and pulleys, this newer direct drive Country freezer is much more acceptable in a commercial kitchen.  It can also be ordered NSF stamped certified if required by local health departments.

These Amish made ice cream freezers can be purchased at Cottage Craft Works .com  

Cottage Craft Works also has all the parts for the Country as well as White Mountain freezers.

Cottage Craft Works located at has one of the largest selections of Amish made products for the home, garden, farm and ranch.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Customer Review CCW-3 Equine-Oat-Crimper-Roller-Corn-Cracker

Please feel free to post my review because you have certainly done a great job and earned my respect for customer service.

The equine oat crimper is a good product for my operation, my boys raise hogs for 4H and they need a mill to grind their hog ration with. This roller mill / crimper came ready to grind, in a short amount of time we had a 55gl barrel full of mixed hog feed. I spent quite a bit of time looking for feed mills that would grind the volume of grain that we need and this crimper was the best fit for our operation. I am happy with what we got but mostly I am happy with the quality of customer service that came with purchasing this machine. Paul called me the day I placed the order and made sure that the truck shipping arrangements worked for me and he has promptly responded to several follow up e-mails asking about support items and possible attachments like a grain auger. I like the confidence that I purchased a quality product with solid customer service and support.

Eric Davis

Cottage Craft Works is an online emporium featuring quality USA made Amish products for the home, farm, ranch and garden.

Oat crimpers are Amish made and available in 2 sizes.  The CCW-3 will crimp oats as well as crack corn.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Winter Wood Working Projects For The Avid Hunter Promotes Family Values

These can’t miss wood working projects will keep them busy on those long cold winter days and nights during the off season building long lasting family memories.

Turkey Call Kits

Turkey box call and friction slate call kits come already cut out and ready to assemble and finish.  Hunters can carve, wood burn or finish them to make a heirloom father son project.  Flash forward 30-50 years these calls will still bring back the father and son memories of making them together and then bagging the big Tom together on opening day of the upcoming season.

Rebuilding an old Shotgun or Rifle

Replace an old worn out or broken gun stock with and affordable replacement stock.  Hunting and guns run deep in family blood lines and so does the old family heirloom rifle or shot gun that dad or granddad first taught a youngster to shoot with.

You can still find unfinished gun stocks for some of the early models of shotguns and rifles.  Over the years these old relics may have been abused or broken during various moves made by a family. 

Just by age some of the wood especially around the forends have become brittle, cracked or broken off.

Now with Pop long gone people want to bring back the memories and restore these old guns as they remember using them for the first time.

An unfinished machine inletted stock takes the major work out of starting with a slab of wood.  The stocks are duplicated off an original with the hard inletting 90% to 95% completed.

The woodworker then can take and hand fit the stock and complete the outside final sanding and then finish it saving hundreds of dollars that shop techs charge to complete making it worth redoing a family heirloom.

The wood worker will need some knowledge of working on guns.

And where do you find these types of project components?  The old fashion product online General Store at Cottage Craft Works .com

Just going through the large selection of old fashion hunting gear and products will stir up childhood memories.

Cottage Craft Works is much more than just a hunting web site store.  You will find hundreds of old fashion American made products for the home, farm and garden.

It is like the old fashion Sears and Roebuck where you can order Amish sewing cabinets, a hand push garden plow, cookware, and even organic grains and flour.

Can’t Miss Christmas Gifts for The Avid Hunter

If you’re stumped for hunter gifts Cottage Craft Works .com just might be your answer for hard to find USA made of fashion gifts for that special hunter.

It’s kind of like thumbing through an old Herters Sporting Goods catalog growing up in the 50s and 60s.

One of the largest suppliers of Amish made old fashion wooden hunting calls Cottage Craft Works has some of the most beautiful hunting calls ever made.  The selection covers game calls  for just about any hunt including locator calls and small predator calls.

These calls can be personalized and have become extremely popular for wedding party gifts even including the brides maids.  One hunter even had his engraved with the question to propose to his future lifelong hunting partner.

Outerwear and hunting gear is also available patterned after the Wicks old fashion outerwear.  Some of the toughest material made to stand up to thorns and thickets that normally shreds a regular hunting jacket or pants.

Heirloom quality leather hunting gear and belts will take you back in time when US Presidents and British Royalty  were pictured in hunting gear.

Amish custom made gun cases will display a favorite pistol or family heirloom.

Leather and nylon holsters are available for just about any carry needed.

You can even find unfinished replacement gun stocks for some of the older shotguns and rifles that are very difficult to find at some very affordable prices. These make a wonderful winter project for an avid hunter/woodworker.

That’s another thing about this unique General Store.  You can find just about anything old fashion to fit almost any price range.  From a simple hand operated ATV game feeder to a high end Amish hand carved gun stock featured in Outdoor Life Magazine.  This online store provides high end quality merchandise at prices for just about everyone.

Turkey box calls range from $19.95 up to $39.95 they even have turkey box call kits and friction slate call kits to provide a lifelong image of a great father and son project.

Cottage Craft Works also carries products for the home farm and garden including outdoor cooking equipment.

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