Month: June 2016

Rollaway, Roller Egg Roll Out Best Nest Box


Rollaway best nest box design allows fresh laid chicken eggs to roll forward into a protective collection tray. Get cleaner eggs with less damage, less pecking.

With rising cost of all that it takes to obtain a chicken egg today, it’s very disheartening to find several cracked, broken or eaten from a rogue egg eating chicken.


Early model of the 8 compartments rollaway nest box


Four Compartment Rollaway Nest Box


Egg tray lid lifts up for egg collection


Eight Compartment Rollaway Nest Box

The concept of a slanted floor in a nesting box for eggs to roll forward into a protective collection tray is not new.  Many have made wooden rollaway nest boxes for years

What is different in these Amish made rollaway nesting boxes is that they are totally made out of heavy duty galvanized metal that can be power washed and disinfected should you ever have a poultry disease outbreak.

The proven design provides just enough slant for the eggs to roll forward with the least damage possible.  The Amish have figured this out and have been quietly making these wonderful proven nest boxes for decades.

At one time a commercial company actually made a galvanized metal rollaway nesting box and for whatever the reason they never survived.  Probably at the time marketing would have only been available in farm magazines.


Original Vintage Commercial Rollaway Nest Box

When the Amish get a hold of a good product and it then becomes no longer available they will begin to reproduce it on their own.  Today many of the old time products are still being made and used in the Amish communities.

These newer nesting boxes were discovered by the folks over at Cottage Craft Works in 2007 during a product tour deep within the Amish communities and then began to offered them to the general back to basics homesteader and backyard egg producers.

The original rollaway nest boxes have the green roost with divided boxes. They are available in a two-hole, four hole and eight hole model.  Each compartment will accommodate 5-6 hens.

The eggs drop down on a plastic coated wire mesh screen with a poop tray underneath for easy and quick cleaning.

In 2011 while on another product tour, the folks at Cottage Craft Works discovered another Amish company making a similar rollaway nest box but with a wide open concept without dividers. This is the same concept used in commercial nest boxes where the chicken enters divided curtains to lay their eggs.

This wide open community concept accommodates more chickens in the size of the 4 compartment boxes. The 48” Community Rollaway nest box will accommodate up to 45 hens although some producers are reporting numbers that double that amount.


Community Rollaway Nest Box Accommodates More Chickens


The Community Rollaway Nest Box Egg Tray Holds More Eggs


Aside from the open concept, the Community style has a larger egg tray to hold the additional eggs and uses a laying mat for the eggs to drop and roll on.

The Community is also reversible to either a front or rear collection tray.  Using the rear collection tray makes them very handy to use in small hard to access chicken coops or when you don’t really want to disturb the chickens during egg collections after dark.

Both styles nesting boxes have the roost hinged to lift up to access the egg tray but to also block off the entry to the nest boxes when needed.

Both styles of the rollaway nest boxes are available to purchase online at Cottage Craft

Cottage Craft Works is a back-to-basics general store providing old-fashioned products of value and functionality for today’s homestead hobby farm.  Many of the products are made for non-electric off-grid homesteading.

Surviving Off-Grid Kitchens Early 1900s and Today

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Ever wonder how things were done in the kitchen before electricity? Many are going back to simpler times using reproduction off-grid kitchen gadgets.

They are finding the manual versions actually work better and last longer than some of the more modern days cheaply made imports.

Kitchens in the early centuries were equipped with all types of non-electric gadgets, and food processing apparatuses. Many  of these old-fashioned kitchen gadgets were very unusual and are still being reproduced today for use in the Amish off-grid communities.

Without electricity, refrigeration was primarily done by ice boxes.  Ice blocks would need to be frequently purchased at a local store or delivered to the home to keep the icebox cool. During winter months ice could be harvested from a frozen pond. Today many of the Amish homes still use modern day ice boxes and ice houses.

In  winter freezing zones sheets of ice can be stored  throughout the winter months in a well-built ice house that will last a family up until late summer. Ice tongs are standard equipment for a vintage kitchen. Ice for cooling drinks would be chipped off the block using an ice pick. Stores gave away ice picks with the store name as promotional items, along with handheld stick fans and kitchen calendars.

The pictures used in this blog are courtesy of Cottage Craft Works. The pictures show both old vintage products and new reproduction items which, Cottage Craft Works carries on their back-to-basics online store at


Amish ice house under construction in Ohio.


Ice harvested in backyard wooden frame box with plastic sheeting stacked for the summer months.


Ice Tongs used to carry ice from the ice house into the kitchen. A reproduction is available at Cottage Craft Works.


Store advertising vintage ice picks

With a big advantage though over vintage times. New ice houses being built in the Amish communities today use high efficient thick Styrofoam lined floors, walls and ceilings up to 20″ thick.  The Amish also build shallow wooden frames and line them with rolled plastic sheeting in order to fill with water and freeze for ice harvesting.

There were no freezers compartments or freezers available to store food by freezing. Cold foods had to be used or stored in an ice box to prevent spoiling. In the early 1920s, Crosby introduced the Crosby Ice ball refrigeration device. It worked by mixing water and ammonia in one ball. As the ball was heated for around 90 minutes the mixture evaporated and formed ice on the other side. The ice ball side would then be placed inside an ice box to last up to 24 hours.


Vintage Crosby Ice Ball

Living in the 1800s and early 1900s people had to be very self-sufficient. Before a meal could be served the ingredients would have to be processed mostly from scratch. Meals were made from fresh meats and vegetables or staples and food items preserved during harvest periods out of fields and backyard gardens.

Since freezers weren’t an option meats were cured and hung, or used fresh. Vegetables were either dried or canned in glass jars and either used in the cooking of a single meal or preserved for future meals.

Home canning was an almost weekly event throughout the spring and summer months from backyard gardens as most rural stores carried very few canned goods. The Amish still do home canning and even use the large 15-quart stove top water bath canner pictured below.


Home canned supply of family vegetables and fruits for the winter months.


Stovetop water bath canner


Amish made 15 qt stovetop canner available at Cottage Craft Works.

Some of the Amish today do use propane gas powered refrigerators and freezers such as are used in RVs and campers.  They are rather expensive and have smaller compartments than the electric models.

Herbs and vegetables were dried on screens and slats during sunny days or hung over the top of wood stoves. At one time a water filled corn drying pan was popular to dry sweet corn and other herbs and vegetables on a wood cook stove.


Reproduction water filled corn drying pan available at Cottage Craft

The double layer pan was made out of galvanized metal. A new heavy duty reproduction drying pan is now available on the market. It is made from all-welded stainless steel. The layer of water keeps food items from burning. Once the water inside is brought up to temp on a gas or electric stove, the pan takes very little heat to maintain the ideal drying temperatures over 24 hour periods.

The drying pan can also be used to sprout grains, which are then ground into nutritious flour. Dried sweet corn was reconstituted in a milk mixture to make cream sweet corn.

Fermentation was also a very popular preserving method and once again is gaining popularity for the reportedly healthy enzymes that it produces. Fermentation dates back to the long voyages of sailing ships coming to the new Americas as a way to provide the benefits of vegetables to prevent scurvy disease a condition that occurs when individuals are deprived of vegetables over long periods of time.

Fermentation crocks work somewhat like a cabbage sauerkraut crock except they have a built in water chamber at the top to allow air to escape but prevents oxygen from entering and spoiling the contents.


Reproduction fermenting crock available at Cottage Craft

Water was available in the older vintage kitchens using a hand pump pitcher pump. When pressurized water systems became available many of the vintage kitchens lacked counter space so a large country style kitchen sink would be installed with drain boards.


PHB pitcher water hand pump available at Cottage Craft


Amish made stainless steel kitchen drainboard. Standard and custom size available at Cottage Craft


Vintage kitchen

As sinks began to be installed into cabinets, dishwashers were only known as the extra hands assigned to the dishwashing detail. Large drainboards would be used to air dry pots and pans. A reproduction stainless drainboard is made by the Amish.

Most used a root cellar or other cool location to store root vegetables such as onions, turnips, potatoes, carrots, and beets. Those who were lucky to be located close to a running spring built spring houses close to the spring and diverted the cold spring water to run through inside troughs.

They set metal and pottery crock containers into the running water to keep the ingredients cooled. Racks along the walls kept root vegetables cool like a root cellar.

Many devices were made to peel, slice and dice potatoes and other vegetables.


Typical vintage kitchen work table with clamp on kitchen gadgets.

Cabbage was one main vegetable, with many variations of wood with metal blade slicers being made to slice cabbage in order to make sauerkraut and slaw dishes.


Samples of vintage cabbage and vegetable slicers

The smaller wooden trough slicers were used to slice other vegetables, such as carrots, and cucumbers.

Heavy cream and homemade butter would be used in cooking on the dining room table.


Vintage butter churns


New reproduction butter churns from Cottage Craft Works.

All types of butter churns were developed over the years made from all wood to glass jars with wooden paddles. The Daisy glass jar butter churn was probably the most widely used and copied over the years. Similar glass jar butter churns are still being made for small home dairies and hobby farms.

Butter would be formed in wooden molds and then kept cool in the ice box until needed. The long paddle butter mold in the picture made several small butter patties.


Vintage Butter Molds

The initials inside suggest it may have been used in a large well to do family home or perhaps to make butter patties for a hotel dining room.

Old fashioned ice cream would be made in a hand crank ice cream freezer. These old time freezers are still being produced today. The most popular ice cream freezers are still the White Mountain and the Amish made Country and Immergood Ice Cream Freezers.


Country USA Made Ice Cream Freezers available at Cottage Craft


Immergood USA made ice cream freezers available at Cottage Craft


Old vintage ice cream freezer

Kitchen tables like the one in the pictures were set in the middle of the kitchen and used as work tables.

The 1” thick table top edge made them perfect for clamping on hand crank food processing equipment.


Hand crank clamp on meat grinder


Vintage clamp on apple peeler

SM-Apple Peeler

Reproduction clamp on apple peeler from Cottage Craft

In the 40s larger kitchen counters started to be built in with cabinets and began taking the place of the work tables. The devices that use to clamp on to the work tables also began to change to more table top devices.

In 1946 a salad maker was introduced as the best thing since sliced bread. It was a hand crank base unit with suction cups on the legs. The device used several interchangeable serrated stainless steel cones to chop, shred, and slice all types of vegetables. A housewife could chop up salads in just a fraction of the time that it would have taken to cut by hand or any other device made prior to that time.

This type of salad maker is still a very popular device that is being reproduced as the Fresh Kut formally Master Kut Salad Machine.


Reproduction hand-crank salad maker from Cottage Craft

Today the kitchen counter and work island have taken the place of the work table. Many use the old antique work tables now as dining room tables.

Considering a modern day counter is 36” and these work tables were only 30” tall. One has to think they caused many back and fatigue problems, although most people in that era were shorter.


Fresh grains would be ground into flour, and then fresh eggs and vegetables were gathered directly from the garden.

Many devices were made to use with eggs. Egg separators, removed the yoke, the egg cooker has markings on the side to show the egg cooking process as eggs were being boiled, and the egg slicer allowed one pass slicing for salads.


Vintage hard boil egg slicer


Vintage hard boil egg cooker timer.


Vintage egg white separator on the right

Most every home had a hand crank grain grinder to make flour for baking. Fresh harvested wheat could be ground into flour, and corn into cornmeal.

A screen flour sifter like the ones pictured would sift the flour down into a fine powder to use for baking. Most have seen the flour sifter on the left that used a hand crank. The sifter is double sided with a screen in the middle. The handle would be held and the sifter part shook to dispense the flower. The two lids screw on the ends.


Vintage Flour Sifters

Many kitchen tools were made of wood, either hand carved or turned into a home base workshop. Others were made in small factories, sometimes catering to the cultural settlers in the area and their ethnic dishes .

While most will recognize the pie dough roller, the other rollers in the picture are unique. One has carvings to roll out pasta shells, one is raised on both ends, probably used to roll out biscuit dough, and the ringed one was probably used to cut thin noodles.


Vintage dough rolling pins


New dough rolling pins

At one time a hand crank mini pie maker was made and sold to make the 3 X 5-1/2” fired pies. The one in the picture is a new reproduction pie maker made by the Amish.


Hand-crank meat and fruit pie maker available at Cottage Craft

Plungers, pounders, smashers, and other wooden kitchen tools were used to smash herbs, berries, grains, potatoes, and to tenderize meat.


Wooden kitchen gadgets

Mixing bowls were either made of pottery and then of a Pyrex material. The pottery bowls were mostly glazed in white with a blue stripe or stripes at the top edge.


Vintage Pyrex bowls


Reproduction Old-Fashioned Blue Stripe Mixing Bowls available at Cottage Craft


Reproduction batter bowls available at Cottage Craft


USA Pottery Mixing Bowls from Cottage Craft

Pyrex bowls were fired in bright colors. Pyrex was not developed until the 1940s but became very popular. Both pottery and Pyrex bowls were oven proof, which today even makes these vintage bowls safe for the dishwasher and microwave.

Making homemade bread was a two to a three-time weekly event in most homes. The labor-intensive task of hand mixing of dough spurred many inventions to hand crank the dough making the process rather than doing it all by hand.  The hand crank dough bucket became a very popular kitchen item and is now being reproduced by the Amish built into a stainless steel mixing bowl.


Reproduction hand-crank dough mixer available from Cottage Craft

Most of the counter top appliances available today started as stove top version that could be used on a wood, kerosene or gas cook stove.  The Amish still use stove top appliances and they are readily available for off-grid lifestyles.


Old-fashioned whistling tea kettle available at Cottage Craft


Old-fashioned coffee percolator available at Cottage Craft


Old-Fashioned drip coffee maker from Cottage Craft


Stove top non-electric waffle maker from Cottage Craft

Knives weren’t the only thing used for cutting and chopping. Through the centuries many handheld cutters would be invented.


Vintage food choppers

The slicer and choppers pictured all have blades that are rounded on the bottom to cut on a flat surface or to rock in the bottom of a bowl.

Several tall glass cylinders were developed with a mixing plunger on a metal rod. The tall one in the picture on the left was used to make mayonnaise. It was sold by the Wesson Company to promote Wesson Oil.


Vintage mayonnaise maker

This mayonnaise maker actually has the recipe for mayonnaise embossed on the side. Which follows as written, An egg, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar, teaspoon each of mustard, salt, sugar and a dash of pepper. Beat thoroughly as poured from can 1 pint Wesson Oil.

The glass with a plunger on the right was made to mix drinks, without any other explanation of if it was fruit juices or alcoholic beverages.

Many juicers were also made, the one appears to be a ricer but has a removable slotted tray to apparently hold fruit.


Reproduction Ricer Food Mill


The handheld ricers were used to place cooked potatoes and pressed down through the holes for mashed potatoes. A perforated pan with a hand crank auger also was used as a potato ricer and is still being made today.

Before electricity was available many different hand crank mixers were made. Some were made stationary to fit over a bowl. The most common were the hand held double beaters operated by a center hand crank.


Reproduction Daisy Egg Beater “Country Egg Beater”


Vintage Daisy Egg Beater

These old fashioned egg beaters are still available new today, but like many things that continue to be produced from vintage times have become cheaply made and do not work as smooth as the old ones. The Amish are still making a reproduction of the famous Daisy Egg Beater. The Country Beater is a heavy duty replica of the original Daisy Beater. A bit expensive but worth the money if you ever plan to live off grid.

One of the first electric mixers introduced was by KitchenAid and then Sunbeam, who introduced the Mix Master with glass bowls and a top attached juicer.


Vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster


Hand-crank conversion mixer


Little Dutch Maid Hand-Crank Mixer


Little Dutch Maid Mixer With Optional Slicer Shredder

The Sunbeam Mix Master came standard with mixer blades, whisk and dough hooks, The Sunbeam Mix Master was priced at a fraction of the KitchenAid H-5 and quickly became the most popular mixer up until the 1950s.

Bosh introduced the Universal Mixer in the 1950’s developing a heavy duty multi-task mixer that soon became popular especially for those who baked a lot of bread. The bottom operated mixing bowl allowed easier access to the top mounted motors made by Sunbeam and KitchenAid.

The Amish developed a hand crank base to use with the bosh attachments called The Little Dutch Maid Mixer. It is still made and sold today by the Amish and for others who live off the grid.

Other electric devices began to enter the marketplace to fill the consumer quest to become electrified.

Beyond the electric mixers toasters, and waffle irons were some of the first electric gadgets introduced into the home kitchen market.

While no one would recommend buying a vintage electrical appliance and taking it home to use, many of the old hand held and hand crank vintage tools and gadgets are still useable for today’s kitchen.

Just be sure the surface is intact and can still be sanitized.

Reproduction items are also still being made and used by both the Amish and non-Amish for off-grid self-sufficient lifestyles.

Many of these Amish kitchen products are available for order online at Cottage Craft Works .com.

Amish Apple Pie Recipe

1 ea pie shell, unbaked

2 cups raw apples, chopped fine in salad maker

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoon tapioca

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup nuts

1/2 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Amish Apple Pie Recipe

Mix chopped apples, sugar, water, and tapioca. Put in unbaked pie shell.

Mix topping ingredients, rolled oats, brown sugar, nuts, butter, and cinnamon. Put mix on top of apples. Bake 425 degrees

Recipe from the Amish Wooden Spoon Wedding Sampler cookbook available under the Amish recipe section at Cottage Craft Works .com

Purple Martins, Natures Mosquito Eliminators

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A Thriving Purple Martin Colony can help protect your family from the ever growing threat of the West Nile and Zika Viruses year after year.

Early nest box preparation will help keep attracting your Purple Martin colony year after year.

Becoming a Purple Martin Landlord has many benefits and obligations. Purple Martins are very dependent on humans to provide them shelter and to provide a safe pest free environment to raise their young.

In return, the humans enjoy a thriving and growing Purple Martin Colony that will keep returning each year to help keep the mosquito population down.

Depending on your location, Purple Martin scouts maybe in your area scoping out the spring housing as early as February in the most Southern states  and into March in the Northern states.

Having the condos ready for the colony to return will send back good reports for the others to come and plan the male/female courtship.

Unlike other birds that don’t want any human contact with their nest, Purple Martins like to have their nest clean and stocked with bedding.

Pine needles and straw make the ideal bedding material. Cleaning out old nest material is easier if you use a drop down martin house.


The ones pictured are the popular winch mount Amish designed T-14 martin house that uses a boat winch at the bottom of the pole to lower the houses down after the martins leave for the summer.


The lowered houses make the cleaning much easier. Compartment trays also pictured make the clean out a snap.

These special bowl shape nest boxes from Cottage Craft Works .com may just be the only ones designed in this manner.


The bowl shape bottom provides a good base for the nest without adding a lot of nesting material

Mites and other pests can travel back with the martins and infest the houses. Using a dusting of Seven Dust will kill off any pest before they can cause problems to the Colony.


Using a dust blower as pictured helps to penetrate the corners of the nesting compartment. The light dusting will not harm the martins.

When adding new nesting material sprinkle in some Seven dust and then mix with the nesting material before adding it to the boxes.

Use rubber gloves for removal of old nesting material and placement of new material dusted with the Seven dust.

Pictures are courtesy of Cottage Craft who carry a full line of Purple Martin Products including a plan book to build the T-14 houses pictured.

Apple Cider, Fruit Choppers, Cider and Wine Presses

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Cottage Craft Works offers several old-fashioned Apple Cider Fruit Presses, Choppers and Wine Presses in its back to basics self-sufficient general store.

These old-fashioned handcrafted presses are made for both the small commercial grower or a homeowner needing various production options.

The American Harvester offers a double tub with a heavy duty apple grinder, to grind and squeeze 50 gallons of cider in one afternoon.


The Homesteader is a single tub cider press with a grinder, which will hold 40 lbs of apples for a single pressing.


Our Pioneer Junior offers a budget press complete with a grinder, which will process a half bushel of apples at a time for the homeowner wanting a low-cost press.


You may also purchase just the metal hardware kits to build all of these high-quality presses, as well as separate grinders to add to an existing press.

An optional motor kit is also available to fit the apple grinders for each press.

Cottage Craft also offer these fine presses as wine and fruit presses where a grinder is not needed to process grapes and small soft fruits. From the large Homesteader to simple table top models, Cottage Craft Works is your one stop supply center for presses and press accessories. See all of our presses and wine making, cider processing options.


Cottage Craft Works is the Texas dealer for Happy Valley and Jaffrey manufactured apple cider, wine and fruit presses. But we also sell and ship presses across the United States and Internationally.


Heavy Duty Homemade Ice Cream Makers, Freezers

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Heavy duty homemade ice cream makers, freezers are still being made in America, built to last just as they were being made in the 50s and 60s.

Serious homemade ice cream lovers and those running a small ice cream business or making ice cream for church socials and other gatherings depend on the USA made brands trusted for years.


At one time White Mountain Freezers were completely USA made and considered the king of the American made ice cream freezer world.

White Mountain simply made the best built in America product that withstood the times for generations despite many other American companies who were also making ice cream freezers in the earlier periods.

Over more recent decades White Mountain has experienced several changes of ownership’s and have struggled somewhat to compete in the discount store chain store market.  In order to do so, they followed the path of other American manufacturers and began using mostly all imported parts.

The White Mountain freezers are still a good economical choice for those who may enjoy making an occasional batch of homemade ice cream over the summer. The improved newer green electric motor and gear assembly is providing significant  reliability over what might be posted out on the Internet regarding some of their older models.

For those needing a more heavy duty ice cream freezer consider the Amish made Country or Immergood Ice Cream Freezers.

Probably one group of people who uses and understand ice cream freezers the most are the Amish. For many Amish families, homemade ice cream is at least a weekly event at home, church, and other socials.

If the Amish begin experiencing problems with a product they will find ways to improve existing products for their own use or manufacture their own long lasting products.

Since the Amish simply build things to last, they really don’t care about corporate profits, market share, or shaving off the cost by using imported parts.  Both the Country and Immergood Ice Cream Freezers were built as an alternative to White Mountain Freezers to use in the Amish communities.  Their durability and popularity have been noticed in the non-Amish world where people are looking for this old-fashioned quality made products.

In comparison to the White Mountain Freezers, the price point for an Amish made ice cream freezer will likely be 15%-25% more in the initial cost depending on the model and features.  However, that cost will be rather obvious when comparing the models side by side

The Country Freezer wooden tubs are still made of white oak just like the oak used to make wine and whiskey barrels. It’s a premium hardwood that is very expensive to buy today. It’s just one statement to the old-fashioned quality material still being used in the Country Freezers.

The bands are also made of stainless steel and feature adjustment screws to tighten the tub staves. This feature is not available on any other freezer wood tub on the market.

This is a rather important feature since wood will shrink and dry out in hot and low humidity climates.

White Mountain and others use a non-adjustable metal wire band that may rust through over the years with the constant exposure to the salt used on the ice.

Immergood uses a double wall poly tub that is filled with insulation to provide a nonleaking tub with the superior cold temperature holding ability for hours after the ice cream has been made. An optional insulated tub lid is also available to hold ice cream for even longer periods.

The stainless tub that spins in the packed ice is also thicker on the Country and Immergood Freezers than other tubs on the market and some of those may not even be made of stainless steel.


The gears on the hand crank freezers are also American made and use harder metals for longer wear. Immergood exclusively uses stainless steel gears on both their 6 qt and 8 qt hand crank freezers.

Since both the Country and the Immergood Freezers have mainly been sold within the Amish communities most have not come across them unless they have visited an actual Amish store or have found them online at a back to basics supplier like Cottage Craft

One of the previous drawbacks of Country Freezers, since they are made by the primarily off-grid Amish, the freezers have only been available in hand crank models for the smaller sizes. Most people want the electric motor, and up until now an electric motor option just was not available.

Country Freezer now makes their own electric motor for the 1 qt-8 qt freezers.  The motors are all USA made in very small quantities which does reflect in the higher price point.  The motor is also reportedly very noisy but is expected to last for a very long time.

Immergood does offer the option of the newer green White Mountain electric motor only on their 6 qt model and has their own motor in development.


Country Freezers makes the only 20 qt freezer on the market. They are sold with a pulley that can be run either by electric or gasoline motors. This size making up to 5 gallons of ice cream at a time is used more for large social events, festivals, or in a commercial setting.


If you grew up in the 50s and 60s or still go to antique tractor shows you may have seen one of these powered by the old hit and miss gasoline motors.

Cottage Craft Works appears to be the only site that carries a direct drive electric motor option for the 20 qt Country Freezer.  They also offer new White Mountain freezers with an optional upgraded American made gears on all the hand crank models as well as replacement tub latches that work like the Immergood Freezers. These conversions and parts are  made in Amish machine shops.

Cottage Craft carries all the Amish ice cream freezers and replacement parts for these ice cream freezer brands.


Hand Crank Empanada Maker

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Commercial grade hand crank empanada maker, folds, cuts, crimps up to 200 small fried pies per hour. Makes 3″ x 5″ meat, fruit, pies and turnovers.

With The Little Pie Maker from Cottage Craft individuals can crank out stacks of small meat or fruit pies in a day allowing the opportunity to use this pie machine in a business or to prepare and freeze homemade pies for quick family meals.


Many people have started their own empanada shops and food truck businesses using just one of these pie making machines and have further expanded with the purchase of even more machines.

Dough filled with fruits, or meat mixtures have been a favorite dish for centuries in many different cultures and languages. Some may know them as fried fruit pies, turnovers, and meat pies.

Depending on the spice, meat blends and cultures or where you grew up you may know them as a pasty, Jamaican Patties, Empanadas, Empanadillas, Empanadas, Lahmajoons, Samosas, Sanbusak, Stromboli’s, Panzarottis, Pierogies, Pot Stickers, Calzone, Beerocks, Boeregs, or probably best known as a simple meat pie, fruit pie or turnover.

The pasty pie was a recipe brought over from Great Britain and the European Countries. More specifically the mixture of meat and vegetables such as turnip or rutabaga would better define the countries of origin.

In the United States, the pasty pie became popular with miners who could easily carry them in their lunch pails. The pasty is still a popular pie meal for the Swedish, Scandinavian and Norwegian culture influenced states within the United States.

Up until now, the homeowner and even the small bakery and restaurant owner couldn’t afford a pie making machine to make and roll out these popular pies in any quantity for frying or baking.

Their only option would be to roll out the pie dough, fill and then hand fold and crimp edges. A commercial duty machine was just too large and expensive for a standard home to a small commercial size kitchen.

The Little Pie Maker uses rolled pie dough. Simply place a 6”-6 1/4” of rolled out dough to 1/8” over the top fill with fruits or meat mixes and roll. The machine cuts, folds, and crimps the edges all in one rotation.

Being able to make your own homemade pies allows you to control the ingredients including sodium, and keeping the preservatives out allowing the opportunity to prepare and freeze homemade pies for quick healthier family meals.

At a price close to other countertop home kitchen appliances, the Little Pie Maker is still affordable for home use; especially considering its commercial grade durability making it a kitchen gadget that will be a very long term investment.

This is one of those types of gadgets that large families or a group of friends can purchase and then utilize in making several batches and types of pies to stock up the freezer.

Just in as little as three hours, a group could easily crank out a batch of different fruit and meat pies to satisfy quick grab and go meals throughout the season.

It is also being used in pizzerias, restaurants, institutions, and even for church and civic club fund raising projects at festivals and fairs.

The Little Pie Maker is another Amish USA made product is only available online at Cottage Craft

Bicycle Cargo Trailer

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Aluminum bicycle cargo trailers. Enclosed sides, 26” bike tires, seat hitch, 20″ X 30″ X 15″ cargo box. Sports, industry, delivery, island living.

These all aluminum bicycle trailers are built to last.  They will hold the groceries, your gear and with the optional canvas top (large size only) keep everything dry if you get caught in the rain. They are built and used by the Amish who know quality craftsmanship. The Amish communities rely on horse and peddle power for everyday transportation and shopping trips so these carts are built to be a workhorse.


Carts are built from lightweight aluminum. They come with light brackets mounted on the fenders, reflectors, as well as a kickstand and our exclusive rubber donut hitch. Carts can be fastened onto any standard bike seat without an additional hitch or tools just hook and go.

The carts may also be used as a push cart. The handle is at a very comfortable height to walk and push during shopping trips or chores.

The large Cart weighs just 32 lbs and has 26” bike tires. Box measures 32” x 30”x 15” deep and has an optional vinyl cover listed below.

Our small bicycle cargo trailer measures inside 25” x 17-1/4 x 12-1/2 deep, outside measures 28” x 20” and has 20” bike tires.  The trailer is also available in a pet hauler version with a folding top.


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Homemade Ice Cream Makers, Freezers | Compare the USA made Freezers

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If you’re a serious homemade ice cream family or group you’re probably either frustrated with the cheaply made imported ice cream makers or you have already discovered the huge quality difference between many of imports and the All-American Amish made ice cream freezers.

If not take a look and experience the wide gap in quality ice cream makers to make your homemade ice cream making the experience more enjoyable and frequent.

The imported freezers might just work fine for an occasional once a year family homemade small family ice cream event.  However, with the plastic housings and thinly made tubs and cans now being offered in some of the most deeply discounted promotions they hold no comparison in quality and ice cream yields compared to the Amish made freezers.

Ice cream makers are probably the greatest example of how the discount chains have driven down quality by demanding cheaper wholesale prices from ice cream maker manufacturer.

This is probably also the best example of what you get for what you pay for. Sure, an American made ice cream maker might cost three to four times the cost of an import but seriously, what good is the price when you compare something that may last for just a few annual events to something that can be used weekly for years to come.

These imported models are mostly available to only make small batches because the gears and housings are just not made to make 6 and 8 quarts of homemade ice cream at a time like the Amish freezers are made to do.  Just not an ideal setup if you’re making a lot of ice cream at a family reunion or church ice cream social.

Cottage Craft specializes in the Amish USA made ice cream makers and have become a reliable source for them as well as replacement parts including the new Immergood high efficiency insulated ice cream freezers.  Many other companies will be happy to sell you an Amish ice cream freezer but don’t always provide additional options, parts or the support.

Cottage Craft Works has many different sizes of ice cream makers to meet individual needs from the most popular 6 and 8-quart models available in either hand crank or electric to the 20 qt 5-gallon models available with a pulley or in a self-contained electric model for commercial use.

USA Country ice cream freezers are still made with the old-fashioned white oak stave wooden tub.  They offer heavy duty all American made parts.

USA Immergood ice cream freezers were developed by an Amish company who has combined years of using different ice cream maker experiences to develop their own best of the best ice cream freezer available in 6 and 8-quart models.  According to many, Immergood just might have the greatest ice cream maker, freezer ever made for quality, functionality and value.

Immergood offers an insulated foam filled poly resin  leak proof tub, heavy stainless steel hardware and their own positive tub latch system.  Optional stainless steel tub covers can be used to keep ice cream frozen for hours after it has been made. A great option if you want to make ice cream in advance before a family gathering or a to serve over an extended period of time.

Cottage Craft Works also offers an all stainless steel metal components Immergood hand crank freezers in both the 6 and 8-quart models.  All the metal parts are made of stainless steel including the hand crank gear frame, gears, and triple-action dasher.



Made in America Products

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Old-fashioned vintage made in America products are still available as they were in yesteryears. USA quality and pride reminiscent of the early 50s and 60s.

Cottage Craft is like an old time general store packed full of old fashioned American made gadgets, tools, gear and supplies for the farm, home, garden, ranch, and hunting gear from a yesteryear simpler time period.

90% of the products are still made and used in the Amish communities. The significance is that the Amish make and use sustainable living products to last a lifetime. They care less about profits and more about durability and value making products that are functional and dependable for living off the grid.

The Amish are also very sustainable green earth friendly people who practice organic growing methods and the use of nontoxic components in the products they make.

10% of the products  at Cottage Craft Works are hand selected from small non-Amish businesses considered as cottage based meaning most of the owners still touch the products from the  conception to shipping.

These products are hard to find and gathered from the back roads through the Midwest where most of the Amish settlements are now into 3rd and 4th generation family businesses.

Amish are well known for their exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, what many don’t know is that the Amish began to lose the availability of many of the products they depended on to live off the grid when electricity became readily available in the 1930s to rural America.  As more people bought electrified products manufacturers stop making the hand crank and human-powered gadgets.

Then in the late 1950s and early 1960s manufacturing began to move out of the US and into foreign hands.  As competition from discount stores exploded in the 1970s price drove quality down and although the products might look like the originals, they just didn’t perform as well. Later plastics began to drive production cost down even further making the imported products even less desirable to the Amish.

To fill the void the Amish began making their own products and selling them within the Amish communities.

These old fashioned American made products are now being highly sought after by the general public for several factors occurring in our country, the economy and around the world.

Sure, you can easily find Amish made quilts, wooden crafts, and other Amish novelties. Cottage Craft Works, on the other hand, has made it easy to find and purchase the really hard to find Amish gadgets and products.

Some of the most popular items sold through Cottage Craft Works:

Under the Home Goods tab, you will find solid hardwood custom sewing cabinets for both electric and treadle sewing machines. The folding drying racks, laundry tubs, and pulley clotheslines are also frequently purchased.  This is the tab where you will find oil lamps, butane irons, Amish toys and wagons, Amish furniture, and the famous Bachelor Ironing Board Chair.

Under the Farm & Garden tab, hand water well pumps are very popular followed by American-made garden tools, hand pushed garden cultivators, wooden spoke wagons, old-fashioned wheelbarrows,  hobby farm implements, authentic wagon seats, cider-wine presses,  roller egg nesting boxes, reel push mowers, purple martin housing and horse and tack products.

The Kitchen & Food Prep tab is probably the most visited section at Cottage Craft Works. This is where the old time kitchen gadgets, cooking utensils, drip coffee makers, hand crank appliances, mixers, food processors, dough makers, and ice cream makers can be found.

The Amish organically grown grains and stone ground flour just might be the best-kept secret.  The site features both whole and sprouted spelt products. The Amish pioneered non-GMO organic growing methods.  Some believe that Amish grain products reportedly provide better nutritional values over other organically grown grain products.

The USA made stoneware pottery is also very popular especially the blue stripe mixing bowls, crocks and water coolers that may all be ordered with custom colors and personalization. Cottage Craft Works is one of only a few offering a USA made lead and cadmium free water bottle dispensing crock.

The Hunting & Outdoors tab is a hunters and outdoorsman emporium. The Amish handcrafted hunting and game calls is what really started the Cottage Craft Works business.  These beautiful calls are hand tuned to work as well as they look.  They have also become very popular gift items with the available personalization engravings. Many new families have begun at the altar with these calls being given as groomsmen gifts and even bridesmaid gifts. Even a few have used an engraved call as a wedding proposal.

The replacement gun stocks and handcrafted leather and nylon holsters are also very popular.  The Amish crafted wood and glass gun display case is of museum quality. Hard to find gun stocks are available for most of the older model rifles and shotguns even back into the late 1800s.

The American made hunting outerwear and hunting gear is very much reminiscence of the quality found in the early 60s. Hunting coats and bibs are made from the same materials that the legendary Wick Outdoor Works Company once used.

Amish scooter bikes are also very popular for all ages.  The scooters are half bike and half scooter providing a low to the ground foot board for propelling forward using one foot to push and kick back. They provide an amazing workout and are easily ridden by even those unable to ride a standard bicycle any longer.

Amish made Stutzie crank baits may also be a best-kept secret. These baits have been around for a long time but haven’t been widely promoted and marketed by professional syndicated sponsors so, the general public has never heard of them. Truth be told many of the professional anglers have them tucked away in the tackle box because they know when nothing else is working the Stutzie will bring them in.

So kick off your shoes, and use whatever device you have to browse the Internet as Cottage Craft Works completed upgraded to a mobile friendly highly secured website in 2016.  They accept both credit card and PayPal payments.  Your credit card information is never stored on their site. Cottage Craft Works is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. They also provide exceptional old-fashioned customer service and actually answer the phone so you will be able to talk to a live and knowledgeable person.