A look into Amish Food.
The Amish people are found in the United States in several rural areas, but primarily around Ohio and Pennsylvania, and also in smaller numbers in Ontario, Canada. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to about 16,000 Amish people and is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Traditional Amish food is very simple and something that we associate with them today.
The Amish people are known for their simple living and homes, their plain dress code and for a reluctance to adapt to modern conveniences. Anyone who has been through Pennsylvania Dutch country will have seen horses and buggies such as this one on the streets, since this is their normal mode of travel.
The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. While there have been some adaptations, in a small way, in areas of the Amish communities, they still live a very simple lifestyle. Please note: Old Order Amish, and most likely some New Order, too do not have their photos taken, so it is possible that the people in the picture might be Mennonites. (Thanks to reader Vee for this info.)Amish food is known for being simple is considered very much home style cooking. Many eating establishments in the Pennsylvania Dutch area serve “family style” with platters of food being shared by large tables of people who may have just met that evening.
Much of what the Amish use in their cooking is food that they have grown themselves, whether it is vegetable or animal. Much of their farm machinery is horse drawn. They often sell the food that they produce as well as using it for their own needs to supplement the earnings of their communities.
Many of the local stores serve pies, preserves, bread mixes and pickles as well as canned goods and desserts.
The Amish people spend a great deal of their time in manual labor, as they tend their crops and farms, and they use few modern conveniences to prepare their foods. For this reason, they are not as concerned about the amount of fat in their diet as modern Americans are. Many of their breads and cereals are prepared from whole grains.
Amish Food Choices
The Amish diet traditionally focuses on the following foods:
- Home grown fruits and vegetables
- Sauerkraut appears at many Amish meals
- Hearty meat dishes
- Eggs and Cheese
- Home made breads, cookies pies and cakes. A popular one is shoo fly pie!
- Coffee, tea, milk and lemonade are the beverages of choice.
If you would like to try Amish cooking, a trip to Pennsylvania is not necessary. I’ve put together a round up of Amish recipes that will delight the most ardent “home cooking” fan.
I remember Salisbury steak from the first TV dinners when I was a child. But this recipe for Amish Salisbury steak is anything by ordinary.
This is a delicious apple pie recipe comes from the New Order Amish settlement of Lyndonville, New York, a settlement that is rich in apple orchards. Get the recipe here.
I was first introduced to starters for breads when I taught at a preschool that my daughter attended. One of the other teachers had some and gave it to all of the other teachers. I made sour dough bread from this starter for year. Get the tutorial for Amish friendship bread here.
Nothing says home cooking quite like these Amish mashed potatoes. Cream cheese makes them extra rich and wholesome.
If you are interested in learning more about the Amish Cooking?(affiliate link) This Kindle book from Amazon gives lots of tips for learning how to bake and cook the Traditional Amish way.
More of my favorite Amish recipes:
Do you love Amish Cooking? Why not try this Amish Cookbook from Amazon?
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