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
•Double Layer Striped Dishcloths, set of four
•Professional Cooking Twine
•Solid Copper Apple Butter Kettles
$369 - $1279
•Classic Dutch Ovens
, $42.95 - $74.95
•Handcrafted Cherry Noodle Cutter
•Everything for the home canner
•Everything for the home dairy/cheesemaker
•Everything for the home butcher
Related: Store Review: Lehman's Non-Electric Catalog
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