Do you have a question about Amish cooking or culture? By all means, ask! Post in the comments your question and one will be selected to forward to Gloria. If Gloria doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find an Amish person who does! Reader Kathy recently asked Gloria a question:
I would like to ask Gloria what are some of the menus she uses for funeral dinners. My friend and I are head of funeral dinners at our church. We use the same menu every time and is like some new ideas. The family furnishes the fried chicken and it’s from a store near us. So we only need side dishes to go with the chicken.
The answer comes from Gloria’s Mom, Dorcas Raber:
The Amish meals for funerals vary some from community to community, but many Amish use the following menu:
Cold ham and cheese sandwiches (or any other practical meat)
Noodles. The noodles are made by the canner-ful. We make them in a 20 quart stockpot. We have a never fail recipe and I must recipe the noodles are good! Each canner made serves about 100 people.
Cupcakes or pieces of cake or pie
Mixed fruit, often a thickened sauce with mixed fruit or tapioca. Or, according to my mother in Ohio, she said sometimes instead of cake and fruit they serve a “delight pudding” which is a dish with crust, cream cheese filling with fruit topping then thickened fruit or sauce on top
My uncle of Ashland, Ohio (a conservative Amish community) died last week. Unfortunately, I was not able to make the funeral. The meal there was very, very simple: bread, mixed peanut butter spread, red beets, pickles, and coffee. It was interesting to me to find out that my uncle had 93 grandchildren and 161 great grandchildren.
Editor’s Note: I thought I would chime in here too. I’ve been to several Amish funerals and, as Dorcas Raber says, the traditions vary somewhat from place to place, although there are common threads that seem to be found everywhere like pickled beets and pie. In Pennsylvania especially raisin pie is a staple at most funeral gatherings. The meal is served after the funeral and provides comfort and sustenance to the bereaved Click here to read even more about raisin pie and get the recipe!