When I was in elementary school we used to always have a day where we would use old-country methods to create essential goods. There was typically a station for making candles and other practical crafts, such as whittling. One of my favorite activities was churning ice cream or using rudimentary methods for creating other tasty treats.
Thankfully, today we have advanced equipment to make these tasks easier for professionals and homemakers alike. For example, making cheese used to a time-consuming and painstaking task, but now we have industrial cheese making equipment that has streamlined the process.