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Kestin's Corner - We're more than a brand, we're a family.

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!

Recipe Inspo: Hempler’s Chorizo Burgers and Bear’s Breath Ketchup

Hempler's has deep roots here in the PNW, so we feel a kinship when we come across other local food brands. And we absolutely love it when we stumble across brands that complement our own product line. So when we were given the chance to sample Bear's Breath Ketchup...

Golf Fundraiser Supporting Folds of Honor

For the past five years we’ve participated in a local golf tournament supporting Folds of Honor, and not even a global pandemic could keep us from returning this year. We teamed up with our local PNW food cousins Fletcher’s and Isernio’s and did what we do best - feed...

Fun with the Mariner Moose at Children’s Hospital!

We’ve enjoyed a fun partnership with the Seattle Mariners for quite awhile now, so when we were asked to accompany the lovable Mariner Moose on a visit to Children’s Hospital to thank the frontline healthcare workers, we packed up a load of pepperoni sticks and hit...

Spoil Dad this Year with his Favorite Hempler’s Products

Wondering what to get the dad in your life for Father’s Day? Put together a custom gift basket of his favorite Hempler’s products! You can even surprise him with some things he’s never tried before. This will be one Father’s Day gift that he’ll never forget.  [gallery...

Supporting the Helpers in Our Community

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TRY THIS: Homemade Spaetzle!

Our story began in the 1800’s in the Hempler’s family sausage kitchen in Borken, Germany. Though things have changed over the years, we still find a great deal of identity in our European roots. It shows in our family’s holiday traditions, dishes at our potluck...

To Our Neighbors and Employees During This Time

At Hempler’s, we love our community. We know that our customers put their trust in us to provide them with safe, healthy, nourishing food and we feel the weight of that responsibility even more profoundly right now. We also feel a deep sense of gratitude that our...

Creative Ways to Connect with Family This Easter

Easter dinner is shaping up to look very different this year compared to years past. With social distancing mandates in effect and an “all hands on deck” emphasis to stop the spread of COVID-19, Easter will consist of intimate home dinners and celebrations instead of...

Why Small Batch Matters

You may have noticed a little emblem on several of our products. It reads “small batch crafted meats” and declares our commitment to the time-honored family recipes we are proud to share with the world. But what does that really mean, and why does it matter? Here’s...

Our Top Milestones of 2019

As we look ahead to the year that lies before us, it’s impossible not to reflect on the year that just concluded. 2019 was a big year at Hempler’s, and we wanted to highlight some of our most memorable milestones. We launched a line of beef jerky. Have you tried it...

Cranberry + Bacon = Christmas Eats

There are so many flavorful combos to enjoy this holiday season but nothing says “Christmas” quite like cranberries. We thought we’d round up some creative ways to serve this seasonal staple with everyone’s favorite food - bacon! Sourdough Baked Brie with Cranberries...

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season with Hempler’s

At Hempler’s, our story is integral to our values. Though we have grown over the years, we still value family and community above all else. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to these values is to partner with small, local businesses. As we enter this...

Which Method Is Best? The Ultimate Bacon-Cooking Experiment

Everyone has their secret for cooking the “perfect” bacon, and here at Hempler’s we’ve got our favorite methods, too. But we were curious how the results of various cooking methods compared side-by-side. So that’s what we did! Read on for the details of this fun (and...

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Bacon Recipe

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, and here at Hempler’s we got curious...what would happen if we let bacon in on this trend?  Now for all the nay-sayers, let us be clear. Pumpkin Spice bacon does not taste like pumpkin. It’s glazed with brown sugar and the earthy...

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

Get ready to meet another new member of the Hempler’s family – Pepper Jack Cheese Pork Smoked Sausage! Made by combining a mildly kicked-up smoked sausage with creamy pepper jack cheese, this flavorful sausage adds interest to any dish without an overt and...

What is Landjaeger?

We make a variety of protein snacks, and our Landjaeger seems to always get lumped in with our pepperoni. Between the similar packaging and its ability to keep without refrigeration, many people tend to assume they’re one and the same. However, Landjaeger is its own...

Thank You, Mr. Hempler

At Hempler’s we’re more than just a company. We’re a family. And recently our family had to say a very hard good-bye. Richard “Dick” Hempler passed away on April 4th. To say he’ll be missed is an understatement - his legacy here at Hempler’s can hardly be put into...

15 Glaze Ideas for Your Holiday Ham

We love the savory goodness of delicious ham, but a glaze can take it to the next level. Whether sweet, spicy, or tangy, a glaze adds an extra layer of flavor that perfectly complements the rich, salty ham. So if you’re looking for classic flavors or something with a...

Seven St. Paddy’s Day Recipes Featuring Bacon

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, and we’re not ones to pass up the opportunity to celebrate a holiday with delicious food. So in the spirit of “everything’s better with bacon,” here are some recipes you might want to try! Irish Beer Cheese Soup from A Spicy...

Introducing Hempler’s Beef Jerky

Yes, you read that right. We’ve launched a brand-new line of beef jerky that we know you’re going to LOVE. With three varieties available packed with flavor and loaded with protein, we’ve got the perfect solution for your mid-afternoon snack attack. Love a bit of...

Re-Introducing Our Cherrywood Smoked Vintage Bacon

There’s truly something to be said about not messing with a good thing, and at Hempler’s we strive every day to carry on our family’s original vision of quality ingredients and small-batch crafted authenticity. It’s in that spirit that we’re excited to announce we’ve...

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

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

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

Ten Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

  School supplies? Check! New backpack? Check! First-day outfit? Check! You’re all ready to send your kiddos back to school - but what will you put in their brand-new lunchbox? We’ve got ten great options to make their lunch anything but boring. In fact, you...

What Is Summer Sausage and How Do I Use It?

What Is Summer Sausage and How Do I Use It?

What Is Summer Sausage? Summer sausage is a type of cured meat that was developed in Europe prior to refrigeration technology. Using several types of preservation methods at once allowed people to make a sausage that would keep from spoiling without refrigeration “in...

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

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

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

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

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

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,...

Hempler’s Named 2017 Large Business of the Year

Hempler’s Named 2017 Large Business of the Year

We are so honored to have been named the 2017 Large Business of the Year by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We love our customers, we love our employees, and we love our community, so this recognition means a lot to us. Check out this video...

Fred Meyer Flame Crafted Ham

Fred Meyer Flame Crafted Ham

Have you tried the Fred Meyer Flame Crafted Ham yet? Hempler's juicy, slow-smoked boneless and bone-in hams are hand fired right in the store with a crunchy, sweet organic honey glaze that makes for an unforgettable holiday meal. Here's how it's done: The flame...

Ham for Thanksgiving Instead of Turkey?!

Ham for Thanksgiving Instead of Turkey?!

Have you ever noticed how all of the traditional Thanksgiving sides pair perfectly with ham? Green beans + ham? Yes. Cranberry sauce + ham? Of course. Mashed potatoes + ham? Yum. Dinner rolls + ham? Delish. And while we know that you certainly can’t stuff a ham, most...

Five One-Pot Pasta Recipes You Have to Try

Five One-Pot Pasta Recipes You Have to Try

If you’re a pasta purist you may have been skeptical when one-pot pasta recipes started flooding social media a few years ago. Cooking noodles right in the sauce without draining? How is that even possible? But these types of recipes have persisted - which means...

Try This Now: The Most Decadent Thing to Do With Bacon

Try This Now: The Most Decadent Thing to Do With Bacon

Bacon. Fonduta. Fries. Just the thought of eating these sinful creations with crispy, magical Hempler’s bacon makes us feel all wicked and delightful inside. While they sound crazy complicated, they’re actually pretty simple, if you break it down into the four steps...

Make Father’s Day Magical with This Spicy Candied Bacon Recipe

Make Father’s Day Magical with This Spicy Candied Bacon Recipe

  There are few delights as thrilling as fancy, crunchy, candied bacon. Spice it up with some cayenne, and there’s no end to how wonderful the joy can be of eating such a treat. Our friend Ed Sargent experimented with a gazillion versions of spicy candied bacon...

Three Delicious Things to Do With Bacon This June

Eating bacon is a way of life, and Hempler’s bacon is a delight that keeps on delighting. But we get it: sometimes you get to the point where you’re leaning over the pan, eating crispy, crunchy, sweet, smoky bacon straight out of the pan and wondering what else is out...

Hempler’s Summer Grill Hero Giveaway

  Be the most unstoppable burger flipper, the belle of the BBQ, the sausage master, this summer when you enter Hempler's Summer Grill Hero Giveaway. We're giving away a state of the art grill, the best tools of the trade, and so much delicious Hempler's sausage...

3 Delicious Things to Do With Bacon Right Now: May Edition

3 Delicious Things to Do With Bacon Right Now: May Edition

Bacon. Just saying the word brings a smile to your face, right? Thinking about the smoky, sweet smell wafting through your kitchen or favorite diner is about as delicious as it gets. Until you take that first bite, of course. And then your tastebuds are consumed with...

What to Do With Your Easter Ham Leftovers

Easter has come and gone, and you’ve probably had your fill of that crackly-skinned ham at your family holiday event, or passed around a big bone-in ham roast at a friend’s house. Hopefully, that was a Hempler’s ham you were enjoying, but regardless of the origin, we...

Guest Blog: Pea Salad with Hempler’s Bacon and Charred Onions

  Guest blogger Corie Cameron cooks beautiful food at home. She’s letting us in her kitchen for great posts using Hempler’s products. Check out more from her on her site, Good Life Everyday. Spring is here, and then summer, and that means BBQs and picnics galore!...

Corie Cameron’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Guest blogger Corie Cameron cooks beautiful food at home. She’s letting us in her kitchen for great posts using Hempler's products. Check out more from her on her site, Good Life Everyday.   The rain and dreariness in Tacoma have been unrelenting lately! All I've...

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Cooking bacon is an art form, with so many ways to turn slabs of perfectly made meat into crispy masterpieces. And the method you choose is up to you: In a skillet, oven, or even cooked over the campfire, like one of our favorite Instagrammers showed off recently....

Corie Cameron Chocolate Bacon Salted Caramel Cupcakes

  Guest blogger Corie Cameron cooks beautiful food at home. She’s letting us in her kitchen for great posts using Isernio’s products. Check out more from her on her site, Good Life Everyday.   Valentine's Day is coming RIIIIIGHT up, and I have such a fun,...

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Roll-Ups for the Home Game

Cheesy, bacony, spicy goodness is in the playbook for game day, with our new recipe for Bacon Jalapeño Popper Roll-Ups on the menu for the home game. Just roll em out, roll em up, and roll your way into a culinary victory that will keep them cheering til the last...