Well, this was sort of a first for me. I was making a second stop in the Switzerland County, Indiana Amish settlement to visit an Amish woman whom I was acquainted with. She jovially agreed to open her home to us (meaning myself and our Plus subcribers) and show us around. And she did. But two days later I received a letter in the mail from her expressing some remorse for doing the tour. She just said it went against her beliefs and was worried others in her community would be upset if they found out. This is a very conservative Amish settlement, extremely insular. In my 25 years of exploring Plain settlements I've generally found a great willingness to share their lives. But I absolutely respect the wish to remain private, so I am not going to share the woman's name, location, or any of her background. And having all the material behind the paywall today and in the coming days will give her an extra layer of privacy. The last thing I want her to do is feel remorse or get in trouble. Here are some photos from her kitchen that I'll share and I will share some recipes. So you'll still get some great insights from her kitchen, just less about her. But this in itself is an interesting lesson to learn. I think what is most striking about the photos below is just how immaculate the kitchen is. Spotless. Not a pot out of place. There are a few oddities like the randomly placed birthday card and a honey jar, but otherwise, spotless. Very typical of the most conservative Amish kitchens.
I like the kitchen. Like the shelf where the pans sit look very handy.