While grocery stores, convenience stores, vending machines, and fast food have all somewhat encroached on the traditional Amish diet, home-canning remains a staple. As gas freezers catch on in Amish settlements, freezing food is becoming a population method of preservation also. But a freezer only has so much space. A cellar, or in this case, even a small pantry, can keep enough food to last quite awhile. This is the canning pantry of an elderly Amish couple in St. Ignatius, Montana. These two don't eat a ton between them, so this will last quite awhile. The random placement of some items (like empty Pepsi bottles) is somewhat interesting. Some of that stuff - like the home canned peaches - just looks wonderful. Since it is St. Ignatius, Montana I can guarantee you some of what you are seeing is homemade huckleberry jam and juice. Yum!
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.