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Kestin’s Corner

Hempler’s isn’t just a Brand, it’s a family…
    …and not just any family, it’s my family.

There are living, breathing people who interact daily to make the ham, bacon, and sausages that many have grown up with over the past nearly 80 years. Times have changed, it’s no longer my Grandfather, Father and me hand twisting the sausages- true! However my father and I are involved each and every day. And I am more passionate about our humble family (company) than perhaps ever before.

Food in general is a passion of mine. Combine food with family — or any person, for that matter — and I have all I need! I love to connect with people over food, reminisce about favorite memories with them (which, let’s face it, usually involve food), and dream about the future (again, food is always in there). C’mon, you have to admit you have already thought about a favorite meal you can’t wait to make or order sometime this week and have made plans with family or friends, right? That’s what I’m talking about! In this time, when a million different options are available to us for any one thing we could possibly need, don’t you go with the familiar option? The one you know and trust? I do!

That said, I’m so glad you’re here! Let’s connect! About food. About family. About life. I want to share with you what the Hempler family is all about. I want to share my story, my memories, and my hopes for the future with you. And I’d love to hear from you too!

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Bacon Recipe

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We Believe Our Community is Worth Investing In

Here at Hempler's we've been blessed beyond measure to do what we're passionate about and have the community support us. And so we love finding ways to give back. Here are just some of the events and campaigns that Hempler's participates in, whether in front of a...

Introducing Our New Pepper Jack Cheese Pork Smoked Sausage

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What is Landjaeger?

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Thank You, Mr. Hempler

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15 Glaze Ideas for Your Holiday Ham

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Seven St. Paddy’s Day Recipes Featuring Bacon

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Introducing Hempler’s Beef Jerky

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Re-Introducing Our Cherrywood Smoked Vintage Bacon

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How to Carve a Ham – Boneless, Bone-in, and Spiral Sliced

Hempler’s is proud to offer a full array of delicious hams for your holiday table - including Black Forest, Honey Cured, uncured, boneless, bone-in, spiral sliced, and the Fred Meyer Flame Crafted Ham. But you eat with your eyes first, so to make sure your...

Hempler’s Sources Ingredients from Local PNW Businesses

Hempler’s has deep roots here in the Pacific Northwest, and we take a lot of pride in the quality of our products. Because of our commitment to only bring you the best, we’ve worked hard to build relationships with other local businesses in the region that are...

The Art of Making Hempler’s Pepperoni

At Hempler’s we pride ourselves on the quality of the products we bring you, and the history and heritage behind them. Our pepperoni is no different - and crafting it is truly an art. Today we’re taking you behind the scenes to explain the essential elements that make...

Oktoberfest: History and Traditions

Everyone knows that Oktoberfest has German roots, but few people know the history behind the annual celebration that is now replicated worldwide. With our Hempler’s heritage dating back to the 1800’s in Borken, Germany, Oktoberfest naturally holds a special place in...

Ten Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

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What Is Summer Sausage and How Do I Use It?

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Hempler’s Participates in Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes 5K

We love watching good things happen in our community, so when we heard about Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes 5K we knew we wanted to be a part of it. The annual race supports active, reserve, and former military members and their families by raising funds for local,...

Five Father’s Day Recipes He Won’t Forget

Father’s Day is coming up soon and it’s time to treat Dad right. What better way to show that you love and appreciate him than to cook a hearty and satisfying summer meal? Here are five manly meal options to choose from for a memorable Father’s Day dinner. The secret...

Spoil Mom on Mother’s Day with these Breakfasts Kids Can Help Make

We all know the cliché – mom awakes on Mother’s Day to a surprise breakfast in bed of barely-palatable eggs or a soggy bowl of cereal. Here at Hempler’s we love all things family, all things food, and all things tradition. And we believe that with just a little help...

Your Complete Bacon-Filled Easter Menu & Cooking Schedule

Are you hosting Easter this year? Not only is Hempler’s ready to make your meal amazing by offering the best ham around, but we’ve also lightened your load by planning the entire meal for you. Here’s how to include Hempler’s in all aspects of your holiday table (not...

Hempler Family Holiday Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...and also the busiest. We recently had time to chat with Dick and Kestin Hempler and learn about some of their most well-loved family traditions - and also how they’re able to make time for them even when their business,...