Ever since 1955, when Jay Lehman opened his hardware store in Ohio to serve the electricity eschewing Amish communities, Lehman's has been the go-to place for all your unplugged kitchen needs. Sauerkraut stomper? Hand-cranked butter churn? Wood-fired Waterbath Canner? It's all here!
I love the Lehman's catalog, which I first discovered when living off the grid several years ago. Here you will find everything you need to outfit a homegrown kitchen: canning and butchery supplies, hand cranked blenders and coffee grinders, and even gas-powered refrigerators.
Even though I'm now 'enjoying' a fossil-fueled life, I still find these sturdy, non-electric items to be the best choice for my urban kitchen. Canning, butchery and other old-timey kitchen pursuits very popular these days, which I hope means that Lehman's Hardware, a family run business (with no relation to Lehman Brothers!), is prospering.
The Lehman's catalog is an important source for a wide group of people worldwide. From their catalog: Our diverse customer base includes missionaries and doctors working in developing countries; homesteaders and environmentalists living in remote areas; people with unreliable electricity living on islands and mountains; second home owners, hunters, fishers and cabin dwellers; the 'chronically nostalgic,' and even Hollywood set designers looking for historically accurate period pieces.
While many of Lehman's off-the-grid customers will have to rely on paper catalogs and snail mail, other folks can use their online catalog with live chat option, youtube channel, and even twitter and facebook to discover their many delightful offerings. A few favorites are:
•Numbered Stoneware Crocks, $29.95 - $69.95
•Cobweb Broom, $19.95
•Double Layer Striped Dishcloths, set of four, $4.95
•Professional Cooking Twine, $19.95
•Solid Copper Apple Butter Kettles $369 - $1279
•Classic Dutch Ovens, $42.95 - $74.95
•Handcrafted Cherry Noodle Cutter, $27.95
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