The official blog of the Lee Manufacturing Company located in Martin, TN. We offer time-saving products for the gardener. Check out our corn cutters, pea shellers, nut crackers, cherry pitters and garden tools.
Take a look at our corn sheller that we introduced in late 2016.
I'm sort of proud of it since I (John) drew it up in 3D CAD (using Alibre) and then printed it on our 3D printer. I did multiple iterations to get the feel of it just right. My goal was to make it feel comfortable in the hand and also be effective at removing dry corn kernels from large ears of field corn. After I was happy with the design, I then got the product quoted for production with various injection molding companies in the U.S. and overseas. After lots of discussion regarding production costs I settled on a company in China. I was then able to send them a 3D CAD file which they used to produce molds for the sheller.
Several weeks later they sent me several samples using different types of plastic. In the meantime, I designed the simple product label. After I was satisfied with the product and label, they began production. After a few more weeks, several pallets of these nifty little gizmos showed up at our warehouse. We now sell these on our website and on Amazon.
It was a really enjoyable process and very neat to see a product through from conception to retail.
A corn cutter (most likely from Lee Mfg Co) was mentioned on the Today Show on NBC this past summeer. Check it out. It is right at the beginning. Note: the chef uses the corn cutter wrong (in reverse). Oh well! We did get a call today from someone making us aware that they saw our corn cutter on the Today Show! http://www.today.com/video/curtis-stone-shares-his-summer-steak-recipe-708915267966 Take a few minutes and check it out. For some great recipes, hop over to our website: http://leemfgco.com/recipes We made the Jalapeno Cream Corn for Thanksgiving. It was GREAT!
Just added a new video to our YouTube channel. Wanted to make sure we got it up before gardening season. Check out how fast I was able to cut 125 ears of sweet corn in preparation for the freezer in the summer of 2013. In just 34 minutes I removed whole kernel corn from all of those cobs. I was working at a moderate pace, so a faster throughput could be achieved if you really worked fast. The key is to make sure the cutting blade is set to the right height and that you have a nice solid "backstop" to push against. The scraper blade should be removed or lowered. The shredder plate must be removed completely.
If you were going to process cream-style corn, it would take a little longer. For cream-style, you need to make multiple passes over the entire surface of the cob. This helps to get all of the sweet juice (or milk as it is sometimes called). The shredder plate would be in place and the scraper blade will be raised. Also for cream-style, be sure that the first cutting blade is lowered (or possibly removed) so that the very tips of the kernels is clipped. The "jackets" of the kernels should be left behind when preparing cream-style corn.
Pea and bean shelling time is here across many parts of the country. Several electric Pea Sheller Sr's are shipping out daily. Don't wait until the last minute to get your pea sheller. Remember we are the producers of the Pea Sheller Sr and Pea Sheller Jr (both originally called Mr. Pea Sheller). You can buy them directly from us via our website at www.leemfgco.com. Don't forget that we are the original producers of the Lee Corn Cutter and Creamer too. There are a few companies out there making a knock off version (even selling it on amazon.com under our name). These are made by Norpro and are in no way affiliated with Lee Mfg Co. This goes for both the wooden and stainless steel versions.
It's that time of year again. Lee Manufacturing Company has lots of pea shellers to in the warehouse ready to get to work this summer. The picture below shows all of the 800-M3 electric (Pea Sheller Sr.) pea shellers on the far left. The 600-R (Pea Sheller Jr) hand-crank pea shellers are in the second aisle from the left.
So the warehouse is stocked and ready to go.You can order yours now from our website www.leemfgco.com. Or you can request our products at your local hardware or farm store. Some stores carry them in stock. Corn cutters will be ready soon!