When something is as delicious as scrapple, it certainly deserves a whole day to be celebrated. That’s why November 9th is set aside as National Scrapple Day: a day we absolutely want to celebrate around here (although, we would be willing to argue that every day could be considered National Scrapple Day)! In honor of the special day, we want to highlight what scrapple is, how scrapple is made, how you can observe National Scrapple Day, where you can buy scrapple, and how to cook scrapple.
Read further to enjoy a FAQ on National Scrapple Day!
What is Scrapple and How Is it Made?
German colonists who settled near Philadelphia in the 18th century likely developed the first scrapple recipe. Scrapple remains a popular dish in the Mid-Atlantic states, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We know our scrapple has dedicated fans in Florida and Arizona.
Contrary to popular belief, scrapple is not necessarily just what the name implies. Stoltzfus Meats scrapple is not simply all the scraps from the pig that are thrown into a kettle and cooked. Rather, it is mixture of high-quality products including pork skins, pork livers, pork trimmings, cornmeal, buckwheat flour, and seasonings.
We grind the pork products and add cornmeal and buckwheat flour. We then add the spices and kettle cook the mixture to a certain temperature until it thickens. Once it reaches the perfect consistency, the scrapple is hand-scooped into pans that weigh approximately six pounds. It is then cooled, packed, and sent to local retailers.
For more information about how Stoltzfus Meats scrapple is made, be sure to check out this video:
How to Observe National Scrapple Day
Now that we’re all craving some delicious scrapple, the question is how do I observe National Scrapple Day? Well, that’s simple. Cook up some scrapple and enjoy it! If you make some scrapple on November 9th, please be sure to post a photo on social media and tag us. We would love to see how you celebrate National Scrapple Day!
Another good option to celebrate National Scrapple Day is to visit Amos’ Place Restaurant for breakfast and order something with scrapple! You can choose from a scrapple, egg, and cheese sandwich, an omelet with a side of scrapple, or an order of scrapple sticks. Reap the benefits of National Scrapple Day without even having to heat up your stove.
Where to Buy Scrapple
Lucky for you, we’ve made it even easier for you to buy scrapple to make on National Scrapple Day. You can purchase our scrapple at both of our retail locations in the New Castle Farmers Market or our store in Intercourse, PA. We also have scrapple available for purchase through the Stoltzfus Meats online store. Simply add it to your cart, check out, and we’ll ship Stoltzfus Meats scrapple right to your front door!
Who Created National Scrapple Day & When Was it Started?
While the exact origin of National Scrapple Day is still mostly unknown, we do know that scrapple has been a staple in the Pennsylvania Dutch community for about 200 years. Scrapple became a popular pork product for German immigrants who settled near Philadelphia so that they could use all the scraps and “leftovers” from a pig. It was an inexpensive, yet hardy food for hard-working rural families.
How to Cook Scrapple
Scrapple is way easier to cook than most of us think it is and can be cooked by deep frying, pan frying, or baking. Check out our post on how to cook scrapple without it falling apart for step-by-step instructions.