10 Amish Cook­ing Se­crets

Country Woman - - LET’S EAT -

1. Share break­fast as a fam­ily. A typ­i­cal Amish fam­ily rises early, starts chores and sits down to eat to­gether in the peace be­fore the day be­gins.

2. Eat pie. Lots of it. Pies are prac­ti­cally syn­ony­mous with Amish cook­ing. It’s not un­usual for a cook to make eight to 12 pies a week.

3. En­joy the earth’s bounty. Since the Amish pro­duce much of their food on their own land, recipes in­cor­po­rate in­gre­di­ents from the gar­den, coop or or­chard.

4. If you can’t eat it now, can it for later. As a low-tech way to keep pro­duce, can­ning is a cen­tral prac­tice.

5. Waste not, want not. The Amish are taught not to waste food while cook­ing.

6. You can make some­thing out of (al­most) noth­ing.

Many Amish recipes call for only a hand­ful of in­gre­di­ents.

7. Cel­e­brate spe­cial oc­ca­sions with food. Barn rais­ings, wed­dings and fam­ily re­unions are big events, and there is al­ways plenty of food.

8. Cook­ing is good for the community. Af­ter Sun­day ser­vice, wor­ship­pers share in a light lunch, bring­ing them to­gether.

9. Pass cook­ing tra­di­tions through gen­er­a­tions. Amish cooks don’t keep a lot of writ­ten recipes. Mothers teach daugh­ters cook­ing through hands-on lessons.

10. When in doubt: Make ap­ple­sauce. You’ll find scratch­made ap­ple­sauce at ev­ery meal.

The Amish are part of a re­li­gious community and sep­a­rate them­selves from mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Though the life­style is re­served, they ex­press them­selves through food, and there’s a lot we can learn from them.

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