I’ve always thought that the Amish population were concentrated in the Northeastern region of the US. We’ve come across an Amish settlement in Pennsylvania and heard from friends that there are other Amish settlements in Ohio.
So imagine the surprise we had when we started seeing billboards promoting “The Amish Cheese House” driving along the Interstate 69 from Texas to Kansas City.
Amish in Oklahoma? For real?
Unfortunately, the first time we passed by The Amish Cheese House, it was already closed. And so we drove past it. Driving further past The Amish Cheese House, an Amish buggy, horse drawn carriage passed us. The Amish in Oklahoma is indeed for real.
So we decided to make sure that en route back to Texas, we’d stopover to satisfy our Amish curiosity. I was already giddy with excitement wondering if they’d also be selling shoo fly pie. But even more excited at the idea of Amish made cheeses.
I was almost blinded by the brightness of the fluorescent lights reflecting on the shiny, well waxed concrete floors. The The Amish Cheese House counters are manned by Amish girls, pale as the moon with blotches of red, perhaps from being under the sun, in their plain traditional Amish garb: a white bonnet sitting atop the crown of their heads, a loosely fitted long sleeved blue or gray dress and a white apron tied at the waist.
The Amish grocery aisles are bursting with goodies. Note that I do just say plain goodies. The usual supermarket stuff, except that there are more Amish made stuff like cheese (Of course!), butter, assorted cured meats – hams, sausages, bolognas and the like – jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butters, nut butters, dried fruits & vegetables, egg noodles (flat fettucine like egg noodles used for chicken noodle soup), candies, cheese ball mixes (apparently, cream cheese formed into balls dressed with different vegetables, fruits, nuts and chocolate is all that rage over here), sodas, iced teas, cookies & crackers and even kitchen tools like chopping blocks, knives and cookie cutters.
Honestly, I am not sure if everything is indeed homemade , the old fashioned way with all-natural ingredients. I read the list of ingredients of their house brand ice cream and found unpronounceable, difficult to spell ingredients, which are obviously not natural. More like derived from something else. I also took a peek into their kitchens to see if there were indeed people working on making these supermarket goodies. Their sparkling clean kitchen was not filled with any hustle and bustle.
And maybe just too clean to have anything made in there. Or its just me.
I still bought a couple of goodies – jam, molasses, fruit butter, cider and an assortment of cheeses – for home despite the question on the authenticity of being homemade. I just made sure to read the list of ingredients of everything I bought.
Apart from the grocery, The Amish Cheese House also has a small cafe at the back that sells sandwiches, ice cream and related iced treats. It also has a bakery at the other end of the property, where they bake and sell bread, pies, cookies and cakes.
Worth to note in their bakery selection is their German chocolate cake, which is the best German chocolate cake I have ever had. It is even so much better than that of the uber popular Magnolia Bakery in New York City, plus it costs a fraction of their price. And I do not even like anything with dried coconut flakes (Sorry, I was spoiled having access to fresh coconut growing up in a tropical country.). The cake stayed ultra moist even if it was stored for weeks in the refrigerator.
Gosh, I salivate at the thought of The Amish Cheese House’s German chocolate cake.
Maybe a 4-hour drive up north to satisfy the craving?
Amish Cheese House
101 S Chouteau Ave
Chouteau, OK 74337
Open Monday to Friday 9AM-6PM