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Written by Adam Gerard | September 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM | 12 Comments

Vegan Scrapple is Most Definitely a Thing That Exists

"Vegan scrapple?! You've gotta be kidding me!" I know, my scrapple-loving friends, I know. 

I had a similar reaction when fellow scrapple lover, Steven Messick, posted a link about vegan scrapple to our Scrapple Facebook page.

As reported by West Chester Dish, vegan scrapple has recently become available at the Artisan Exchange Market in West Chester, PA.

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Topics: scrapple creations, scrapple makers, scrapple news

Written by Adam Gerard | April 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM | 1 Comment

A Native Pennsylvanian Pines for Scrapple in 1872 - Some Things Never Change

Scrapple Made Out of a Pig's Head in 1872A few years ago, the NY Times pulled together a chain of editorial letters about scrapple from 1872. Like most discussions on scrapple, it starts off with a passionate supporter going on and on about how awesome this little-known breakfast meat is. And also similar to today, the detractors voice their disgust, unable to get over how and what scrapple is made of and insist it's terrible. Same story, different century.

But what I find most fascinating is how much the initial scrapple lover sounds exactly like scrapple lovers of present day.

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Topics: scrapple recipes, scrapple makers, missing scrapple

Written by Adam Gerard | April 18, 2012 at 6:29 AM | 16 Comments

Hughes Delaware Maid Scrapple Could Be Back in Business By May (updated)

Update (04/18/2012): Dolly Womack — co-owner of Hughes Delaware Maid Scrapple — left some good news in the comments of this post:

May looks good for us opening. We are down to the small stuff now and equipment is ordered and coming in.

All of you who have been obstaining from scrapple because it's Hughes or it's nothing, will hopefully be able to get your scrapple on within the month!
 

Update (03/11/2012): Delware Online has a super-detailed article on Hughes' successes and struggles since Dirty Jobs, the fire, and beyond.

Some excerpts:

On production and why they didn't start making it at another plant:
Normal production from the staff of seven is 8,000 pounds a week. Abruptly, it was down to zero. The workers -- all family members, many of them with homes adjacent to the plant -- had to go on unemployment. Briefly, Quillen considered having his scrapple made at another manufacturer's plant -- before he realized that would mean sharing the recipe. "I ain't giving my trade secrets away," he said.

The mounting expenses of getting back in business:
Yet getting back on track hasn't been simple, or cheap. An $18,000 hood fan. $6,500 meat grinders. A $27,000 panner for pouring the mix out so it can be cut into blocks. "That's just three items," Womack said. "Then we have everything else that has to be brought in here."

Dolly on when they'll be producing scrapple again:
"Every time we say, something happens," she said. "I'm hoping by the end of April. At first I was hoping everybody would have it on their table for Easter breakfast, but I don't see that happening."

Check out the full story here. Lots and lots of great stuff on Hughes Delware Maid Scrapple. I highly recommend reading it if you're a fan.


Original Post (03/01/2012):

Back in August 2011, the Hughes Delaware Maid Scrapple building caught on fire and was destroyed (which makes me feel guilty for thinking about how mouth watering all that scrapple cooking up at once would be). The Hughes family quickly put a plan into place to rebuild and get back to scrapple-making.

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Topics: scrapple makers, hughes delaware maid scrapple, scrapple news

Written by Adam Gerard | March 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM | 1 Comment

Getting Your Hands On Gluten-Free Scrapple

Why isn't scrapple naturally gluten-free? Let's look at the typical scrapple ingredients:

  • Pork
  • Pork Skins
  • Pork Livers
  • Pork Fat
  • Pork Hearts

Mmm, sounds delicious, and completely gluten free! Come one, come all, my celiac friends, and dig in to some scrapple!

Wait, not so fast! That's not everything! 

Oh right. Scrapple isn't just pork scraps.

Let's have a quick rundown on the basics of how scrapple is made:

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Topics: scrapple makers, scrapple ingredients, gluten-free scrapple

Written by Adam Gerard | February 21, 2012 at 6:34 AM | 4 Comments

West Coast Scrapple Does It Offal-Free

West Coast Scrapple is Offal-freeA scrapple company 3,000 miles from Philadelphia? That makes their scrapple without the scraps? How the heck did that happen?

Well, like most of us, Michael Susak grew up eating scrapple. The only difference is, he was raised in eastern Oregon where no one else was eating it.

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Topics: scrapple stories, west coast scrapple, scrapple makers