questionshave you tried amish butter?

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I had a lot more interest in and appreciation for Amish products before I learned they run some of the puppy mills in the United States. Of course you can't paint an entire people with a single brush, there are doubtless many Amish communities just as wholesome and good-hearted as I'd imagined. But the horror stories about these puppy mills really changed my romanticized perception of the Amish.

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Yes, and it's awesome. My Mom used to go to the farmers markets and buy it for me when I was younger because I loved it so much. Lancaster, PA is only about an hour from where I live so I can pretty much get it anytime I want, but I haven't had it in years. Now I want some! :)

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There is an Amish run restaurant in another city nearby, and when I eat there, I always avail myelf of the peatnut butter. As I recall, they serve regular butter in the usual foil wrapped packs. The peanut butter is to die for (well, almost-I use the term rather carefully these days).

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@moondrake: I did not know that the Amish people ran puppy mills. Wow, that is awful. Of course, as you mentioned, it might be a few people who were arrested and not something that you can generalize as a traditional thing.

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@klozitshoper: Unfortunately, people running puppy mills are almost never arrested, and are rarely investigated because the responsibility for enforcement of the law is left to non-profits that don't have the right to inspect for violations. I understand that Pennsylvania is the worst for this, that a pretty large percentage of the puppy mill puppies come from Amish farms in Pennsylvania. Some of them are clean and well kept, although still not well-suited for the production of puppies which need socialization with humans in order to become well-adjusted pets. But some are really just awful.

Making your own butter is pretty easy and takes only a few minutes. I used to make it to give as gifts when I was a teenager, usually mixed with honey and strawberries. But my gradmother taught me I had to let it "clabber" (spoil) first.

Butter without "clabbering" (new one on me):
http://www.webexhibits.org/butter/doityourself.html
http://www.organicgardening.com/cook/homemade-butter

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@budrose: Amish Butter rocks

@moondrake: Do you always paint all similar branches of communities with the same brush?

I guess painting things with a broad brush would make it easier to believe things.

Example.. It would make it easier to think that ALL catholics are misogynistic pedophiles, which would explain why they have so many catholic schools or churches near school yards. They also have a city to flee to when the authorities are on their heels.

There are so many generalization examples I could use.. but I have to get back to work.

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@iraparkerjr: If you'd read my post you would have seen that I said "Of course you can't paint an entire people with a single brush, there are doubtless many Amish communities just as wholesome and good-hearted as I'd imagined." So, no, I do not "always paint all similar branches of communities with the same brush". I do not believe that all Amish folk are guilty of animal abuse, nor did I suggest any such thing. In truth, I have stopped painting them all with the "kind and gentle" brush and started seeing them for what they are: people, good and bad. Amish products have lost their "magic" for me, they are just another handicraft to be weighed on its merits alone. I used to buy my dog collars and leashes from Amish vendors because I wanted to support that way of life, but I don't feel that way any longer, and I won't be paying extra for the Amish label.

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@moondrake: If I were not trying to keep tabs on cholesterol and fats, I would certainly mix up a batch. I actually stopped eating butter and have learned to like just plain bread and rolls. However, the morning English Muffin, if I have one, screams for strawberry jam.

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@klozitshoper: Butter and sour cream are my big weaknesses, especially butter. I don't keep it in the house because I will just gobble it up. I placate myself with a closet full of unusual homemade jams I buy at craft fairs. I am currently well stocked n Honey Mesquite Ginger Jelly, Lemon Marmalade, Grapefruit Marmalade, and Green Chili Jam. But reading these recipes makes me think it might be fun this Christmas to give home-made butter as gifts, if I can find a reasonable price on cream someplace. I could also look for baking recipes using buttermilk, and make a loaf of some kind of country style bread to give alongside the butter. Should make for a nice gift.