It's fun to peruse Amazon for Amish-related things. It's double fun because I get a small commission when you buy something featured here from Amazon. I get no such commission when you buy from Etsy but, wow, the Amish-themed things on Etsy are really, really, really fun to peruse.
You just see a vintage mix of stuff.
MENNONITE-MADE PIES: Okay, what I like about this is it does tell where they are from an inspected, certified and Mennonite-owned bakery in Cato, New York called "Countryside Bakery." I could find no references online to this bakery (other than the Etsy entry) but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. It could be a wholesale bakery or just one that is under the radar. They do use clear-gel in their pies, which is a distinctly Amish and Mennonite trait that really thickens up a fruit-filled pie. The problem with the pie, really, is cost. If you add shipping to my part of Ohio the pie costs $37.84, that is a LOT of money for a pie. Still, if you are after an authentic cultural experience and $37 won't kill your budget, take a look at these pies!
FROSTED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES: Mmmmmm, I bet these are amazing. Peanut butter cookies are not something that usually come with frosting,but these come with a sweet/salty frosting. I wasn't sold until I saw the photo. Wow! These do not follow an Amish recipe, I found this online cookie baker because she does sell an "Amish sugar cookie", but the peanut butter ones caught my eyes and they just look amazing. Click here for more information.
SHIPWRECK: This is a recipe that you can download for $1.50 Not sure how I feel about that. I mean, you can get so, so, so many recipes online for free...so pay $1.50 for ONE recipe. But, you know, a good recipe, a truly authentic recipe probably IS worth $1.50. Here is the recipe description:
This is a vintage recipe from 1940's Amish cooking. It's a fabulous, easy, fast, very inexpensive meal.
It's a layered casserole dish using hamburger for the meat along with some surprisingly good other additions!
So, if you want the Shipwreck recipe, click here.
AMISH BUTTERPRINT PYREX: Funny, because my parents - and probably everyone in their age group - has these bowls, but the prints are in BLUE. I had no idea that a version of these bowls existed in a pumpkin color. How interesting. They'd be a real conversation piece and I think the blue tends to sort of fade into the background, this pumpkin color really pops. Click here to see.
GLASS MILK BOTTLE: Mmmm, so many cold beverages taste best in glass and milk is no exception....this online vendor is selling the bottles...here is the description:
We have been buying our milk from Yoders farm for about 30 years, because drinking milk that has been stored in the fridge in a glass bottle, tastes ALOT better, the milk gets colder and none of the carp in the plastic milk containers leaches into the milk.
This is one of the many we have around from years of forgetting to turn them back in when we go for more.
I have given these to lots of relatives and they wash them out with their bottle brushes, and refill when they bring a half gallon home from the grocery store.
Seems like a lot of hassle, but if you want the bottle just for decor or any other reason, click here.
AMISH REDWORK LINEN TABLECLOTH: This one intrigues me. It's from the 1930s...but the entry lacks much in the way of description about where the tablecloth came from, etc. I just can't recall, in all my years, seeing tablecloths in Amish homes, especially not ones with red embroidery. I'm not in any way doubting this piece's authenticity, just saying that it would be a different cultural custom than what I am used to. Take a look here.
Thanks for writing about my pies. Here is a coupon code to be used by your readers that is good starting July 4th and going for two weeks. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThriftyVintageShoppe?coupon=25OFFPIE.
Here is an explanation on the price: The higher price on Etsy is due to a few reasons: There is extra work in baking a pie and getting it ready to mail. You need icepacks to keep it cold in transport and I never came across free ones.
The shipping is actual charge. Till you put icepacks in , it takes more room and puts in more weight. You are paying for the convenience of it coming to your door. I do not know where you where located but I offer free pick up. .
These pies are made completely from scratch. The pie filling gets made fresh for each batch of pies. There is no bought canned pie filling. The crust also gets made from scratch. Some bakeries buy the pie crusts in. So I feel this pie is superior in taste to most bakery pies.
There is also many cookies and bars that are made. If you want a certain item, say , peanut butter cookie, chocolate whoopie pies, etc just ask and I will see if we an come to an agreement. The shipping in items like that will be much lower do to less packaging needed.
Thank You and have a wonderful day.
Hi, Susan, thanks for posting, I somehow missed your comment here...thanks for explanation of the cost...the cost is high...that said, though, I don't think the cost is unreasonable, as you stated there is a lot that goes into mailing a pie. I'll pass along the coupon to my readers in another post soon!