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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. brenda

    this is interesting to me because it is another thing that was a part of my great grandparents home. in Tuscarawas county there are large black boulders peeking out of the surface of many fields. from these surprisingly easy to carve black boulders the masons in the family carved large rectangular shapes and from these the milk house was formed with a spring and creek flowing through the middle of it. milk, and other dairy, eggs and even some meat were easily stored. this was in place long after the electric co-op was in operation. It was subject to spring cleaning like everything else but there was still a yummy smell from years of use. I am imagining this is similar to what the Amish early refrigeration was like.

    1. Kevin

      Interesting, Brenda, thank you for sharing that, wow that would have been so neat to see! I can picture it from your description, but I’d love to see that…I’ve only seen one similar set-up and that was at an Amish home in Virginia…

  2. Nana

    I purchased an Amish property and there is a spring house with a trough. They kept all their perishable foods there. The water is surprisingly cold and the spring does not run dry. Of course things like ice cream are not going to be held by a spring house but milk, eggs, watermelon and such do well.

    1. Kevin

      Really neat, Nana! What Amish settlement?


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