Gluten-free Justice and a Trip to Amish Country

First, a quick update from the justice desk:

Remember that North Carolina man on trial for selling falsely labeled “gluten-free” bread?

He’s going to jail, according to The News and Observer. Good. I know some of you wanted to destroy his villi one by one, but…hey, a jail sentence isn’t a bad compromise, right?

The man claimed to get a lot of his products from the Amish, which got me thinking: what do the Amish eat? And how many of them have celiac disease?

Unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much information available online regarding the prevalence of celiac disease in Amish populations. Anecdotally, there was a study done that showed that yes, there are celiac patients within the community but the disease is likely quite under-diagnosed. This isn’t especially surprising, on either count.

To be gluten intolerant and Amish is, I imagine, a bit of a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you’re likely to be far more aware of where your food is coming from, since most of it isn’t coming from very far away.

On the other hand, it’s not like you can pop over to the grocery store and pick up a microwavable gluten-free frozen burrito when you’re feeling lazy.

There’s a lot of wheat in the Amish diet – noodles, pies, breads, dumplings, etc. – but there are also a handful of naturally gluten-free recipes that you can try at home if you’re curious:

Scrapple. I’ve never had it, at first because I thought it sounded gross and then because I thought that it would be difficult to find one that’s gluten-free in a restaurant. My friends love it, though, so maybe one day I can convince them to make it from scratch with cornflour and buckwheat, like this gluten-free scrapple recipe calls for.

Like many of us who grew up in the suburban wilds of New Jersey I find the thought of long camping trips strangely exotic and compelling. Next time I go, I’m going to make this vegetarian Campfire Stew, which cooks up inside a cabbage leaf!

I’m not sure if this Fruit Slush is really Amish – but it does sound tasty and refreshing for those of us who are without ice cream makers over the summer. To be perfectly honest, it would sound more tasty and refreshing if it were spiked with a little vodka….

Sauerkraut Soup sounds like something children should be afraid of, but if I were to rename it Herbed Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup, would you be intrigued? One thing to note: the recipe here calls for a quarter cup of flour, but I see no reason why you couldn’t use your favorite GF blend or even just omit it and have your soup a bit thinner. Do make sure you’ve sourced a gluten-free kielbasa though.

Have you got any experience with Amish food? What do you eat, and where do you get it?

9 thoughts on “Gluten-free Justice and a Trip to Amish Country”

  1. I testified against Paul Seelig. I’m very relieved that he was found guilty and was sentenced to no less than 9 years.

    He didn’t tell me about the Amish connection to his products, but I understand he did tell others this.

    I’m also very glad that it is now something I can put behind me.

    I hope this sends a message to others that they cannot do something like this. I also hope it shows how much stricter ingredient labeling laws need to be in place.

  2. My husband and I went to Shipshewanna Indiana for a couple days and I had no trouble finding foods. I didn’t eat any of their pies, breads and starchy foods obviously, but I didn’t go hungry and the food was delicious. I ate roasted or grilled meats, they have alot of vegetables and salads and I had homemade ice cream both nights. They make all of their foods from scratch and were very accomodating when I asked questions. They actually know whats in their food!! I brought some of my own bread and ate their apple butter. PS They put marshmallows in everything, isn’t that odd? They love them.

  3. Now! If the authorities could just get that “chef” in Colorado that was intentially giving regular pasta to people who ordered GF.

  4. I’m quite happy that he is going to get punished for what he did just to get in te restaurant book. He deserves not to run a business again.

  5. I live in Lancaster, PA which has a large population of Amish. Amish do have a significant population of diagnosed Celiac/gluten intolerant individuals. The Amish community is relatively small and since Celiac Disease is a hereditary, it becomes more common in the community. There are Amish owned natural food stores that offer gluten free cookbooks and foods (same brands that we can find in grocery stores) on the shelves.

  6. There is a bakery near Shipshewana called the Rise and Roll bakery. They sell gluten free breads, pies, chiffon cake and snack bars for sale. They are awesome. It is an Amish bakery

  7. There is an Amish bakery called the Rise and Roll near
    Shipshewana on 20. It is awesome as they have gluten free products for sale. You have to go early to get the products as they seem to go fast.
    Their pies are totally delicious and the pie crust actually looks like a wheat pie crust. Hope you can find it the next time you are there.

  8. I grew up in Lancaster County, PA and love many of the Amish specialties, such as Shoo Fly Pie, whoopie pies, schnitz and knepp (dried apple, ham and dumplings) and apple butter. Once my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac at the age of 2, I started to investigate all kinds of substitutions for my favorite recipes. I love the GF flour blend that I purchase online for all my baking – I use Jules Gluten Free flour – the best!

    I also love scrapple, but would be worried about fillers and flour since I do know that it is in many scrapple recipes – but you could probably still cut it with the cornmeal and even corn flour.

    And I don’t remember the Amish in general loving marshmallows. Must be a local Indiana thing?

  9. Like Karen said, Rise and Roll bakery near Shipshewana has wonderful pies (the best!), granola bars, bread and more that are gluten free. We have a home near there and visit this bakery often. In fact, the last time we were there, I ordered a wonderful sandwich on gluten free bread for lunch. It was delicious! Here’s their address: 1065N 1150W. Middlebury, Indiana 46540
    Be aware …. their facility also produces flour, milk and nut products so for those with high sensitivity, their goods may not be for you. They also carry g.f. donuts and crackers boxed, produced by other companies.

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