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    Question Handmade vs Homemade

    Hi!
    I wonder if it's right when saying handmade lemonade or homemade one. I think it's better to use homemade when talking about recipes and food. But if I'm at a restaurant, can I ask if the lemonade is handmade (made by hand)?
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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    Quote Originally Posted by kalex View Post
    Hi!
    I wonder if it's right when saying handmade lemonade or homemade one. I think it's better to use homemade when talking about recipes and food. But if I'm at a restaurant, can I ask if the lemonade is handmade (made by hand)?
    Thank you in advance
    Yes, you can.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    I wouldn't advise it in a British restaurant — you'll get some very puzzled looks. Your server would probably say 'It comes in cartons — I don't know how they make it.'

    As you surmise, 'homemade' means 'made at home' — such as jam, cakes and lemonade. 'Handmade' means 'made with the hands rather than by machines.'

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I wouldn't advise it in a British restaurant — you'll get some very puzzled looks. Your server would probably say 'It comes in cartons — I don't know how they make it.'

    As you surmise, 'homemade' means 'made at home' — such as jam, cakes and lemonade. 'Handmade' means 'made with the hands rather than by machines.'

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    I have to believe that in all of Britain, somebody makes lemonade by hand.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    We certainly do, and we call it 'homemade', not 'handmade'.

    We don't expect to get it in restaurants.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We certainly do, and we call it 'homemade', not 'handmade'.

    We don't expect to get it in restaurants.
    Interesting. We do.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    I think homemade would work in a restaurant in the UK for lemonade if they made their own.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    Yes, it would, and I also think they'd proudly feature it on their menu or specials board as 'homemade lemonade'; you wouldn't have to ask.

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    You frequently see things listed on restaurant menus as "home made" and I seriously doubt that they were prepared in any of the employees' homes.

    Lemonade would be called "fresh-squeezed."

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    Re: Handmade vs Homemade

    Along with line-caught fish that are pan fried.

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