Yay! Lefse Time.com is celebrating another anniversary! Uffda! We’re going into our 10th year and its all thanks to you!
It has been a bumpy, twist and turn venture but we’ve come a long way baby. Man have we learned a lot! (Still learning too.) We do our very best to bring you all things lefse, because every year we hear more stories about how a loved one used to make lefse but no one does anymore. So we’ve gathered up all the tools and perfected the recipe. So now, YOU can take up the tradition and start passing it down. Gather the family and grab the potatoes…memory making is in progress!
So another year…and we intend to celebrate…all year long! Kicking it off right here. Yes. Right now. We are giving away one of our Lefse Essentials Accessory Kit! All you have to do is leave us a comment below telling us how long you’ve been making lefse. 1 year, 3 years, 30 years? We will announce our winner at the end of May. One entry per person pretty please. Good luck!
I frequently hear about the older lefse grills from customers and to be honest I have never had one in my possession, only seen pictures or heard stories. Then one day I stumble on a gem. I am now the proud owner of a Bethany Fellowship Lefse Grill Model 215 and it works!! Ya just can’t beat that!
So in researching I have found that Bethany Fellowship was not a company, it was truly a fellowship founded in 1945 by Ted Hegre in Minneapolis, MN. It’s now recognized as Bethany College of Missions. As a way of raising funds for their college Bethany has been through several business ventures, one of them being lefse grills back in the day. I found an old advertisement in the Winona Daily News archives from 1968. RD Cone’s Ace Hardware was selling the Bethany Fellowship Lefse Grill: Regular finish $19.95, Teflon $24.95!! Ahhh, to have prices like that again.
I’m still researching, but it is to my understanding the model 215 then went to the model 400/410 Patio Grill and everybody had one of those. My grandfather said he repaired more of those grills than he cares to remember. As he says, “Back then you fixed what you had, you just didn’t toss things out like old news”. Right on Gramps! So now my hunt is onto the model 400. Never know where it might turn up…yard sale, thift store, antique shop, eBay, estate sale. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! Have you got an oldie but a goodie? Do you have some history to share? Leave us a comment below!
We all know that you need lefse for the holidays, right? It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving or Christmas without lefse. But for my family you HAVE to have lefse for deer camp too! And deer camp kicks off this weekend. The guys bombarded the kitchen and made a mess, BUT they made some pretty awesome lefse too! Some of the highlights…
The youngsters: Dayne, Wade and Tel (ages 12,11,10) rolled amazingly thin and round sheets. (Now one of these days I will think to bring out a camera better than my phone-ugh!)
The guys were lefse making machines. Here you have Grandpa Mark rolling, even with an injured thumb. You just can’t slow down a stubborn Norwegian! And Ty, the big guy in black, he was a bit camera shy. Very busy concentrating on not burning the lefse. :)
And there you go! The Brush Hollow Legends Deer Hunting crew with their lefse! And the fella in the middle is Bill (he’s Polish!!) but you should see him roll out the lefse. We had to stop him several times because they were gettin’ so big they wouldn’t fit on the grill.
Super Duper lefse by the Trio of hunters
Dayne, Wade,Tel and illustrated by themselves
Ya just never know what you’re gonna find, do ya now? A recent visit to a new antique store turned up a fun find! Fest your eyes on the Party Patty Pac Shell & Waffle Molds! Just dip and deep fry! Serve as main dishes or desserts- Stays fresh for days.
Now I couldn’t find a date on the box or materials and some quick internet searching didn’t get me far at all. So really, I am not sure how old these are but they are classic in my eyes. The insert suggests that these work great as a main dish serving as well as dessert. Fill shells with creamed meat or creamed fish! I can only imagine that a jello salad on the side would complete your meal. Now me, I’m partial to the dessert rosette. And I like them with plenty of sugar sprinkled on. Mmmm….so good. A little grease is always good for the system!?
Here’s the recipe from the insert:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water*
1 teas. sugar
1/2 teas. salt
1 egg, unbeaten
Mix milk, water, sugar, salt and egg together. Stir slowly into flour, then beat until smooth with rotary beater at medium speed. Makes about 36 shells. Cooking oil must be 365 degrees throughout cooking, if temp. drops you’ll have soggy,greasy cookies. *1/2 cup beer can be substituted in place of water for beer recipe.
Here’s the adjusted recipe (owner’s handwritten notes on the side- love those!):
1/2 c flour
1/2 c cornstarch
1 c evaporated milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 teas salt
1/2 teas vanilla