Sunday, June 23, 2013

What's a German gal to do when Gluten is VERBOTEN?

Wheat, barley, and oats are off the menu!
Nein!!!  That was my silent scream when my sister pointed out a few years ago that I might be allergic to gluten because of how I reacted every time I bit into any with a hint of wheat as an ingredient.

A wake-up call! As president at GermanDeli.com I was soon involved in working with our Purchasing folks to add more imported Gluten-free options to our product mix.
Schweinshaxe is G-F

Sausages and Meats...

Most of the meat products we carry are already gluten free because - with few notable exceptions - they are produced without fillers.

Candies and Chocolates
Many of our candies and chocolates are also gluten-free.  The obvious exception are those that include wafers, pieces of cookies, or wheat to bind ingredients.

Many (not all) Kinder items are GF
Most gummi candy is GF










Please visit our Gluten Free page, where you can find everything from gluten-free pasta, to soup broth, protein bars, and apple syrup. And also take a look at our catalog at GermanDeli.com where we have many more gluten-free items.

If you need to consult with us about what ingredients are in our products, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-877-GERMANY (437-6269) or email us at Support@GermanDeli.com.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Germans in Sunny Florida still crave German food

Some informal online research I just conducted claims that Germans get, on average, 167 days of  rain, sleet, snow, or hail annually.  I'm no math whiz, but I believe that's roughly 47% of the year!  In other words, Germans have to contend with more than their fair share of gloomy weather.  Couple that with an average annual temperature of 48°F and you quickly understand why Germans like to head to Florida.
Fact: Germans love sun and sand

It's no surprise that the prospect of "Fun in the Sun" is just too tempting for Germans to resist.  Many will head to Italy or Spain, but those with the means to do so will pack their bags and try to spend as many weeks as possible as in the legendary "sunshine state" of Florida.  It is not unheard of for some Germans to buy or rent a home or condo and spend every bit of six months as temporary Floridians, heading back to Germany only when their tourist visas reach their expiration dates.  By then it is usually summer in Germany, at last.

The thing about Germans is, they want it ALL.  Fun, sun, and...German food.  Huh?  Did I just say "German food"?  READ AN ARTICLE about Germans in Florida Sun Magazine.

That's right; when the thrill of American fast food is gone and super-expensive American steak or seafood restaurants have lost their luster, Germans find themselves craving real German Jacobs, Tchibo, Eduscho, or Dallmayr Kaffee.  Their teeth want to bite into a firm piece of Roggenkruste or a crunchy-crusted Brötchen with real German Butter or Käse.  Their palates demand Kartoffelpuffer or Spätzle.

Fact: Germans love to entertain
Not to mention that a German in Florida may want to show off their culinary skills to their American neighbors or their newly-found Yankee friends.  For that they may need real imported HoWe Bratwurst from Nürnberg, real imported Löwensenf, real imported Knorr Fix, real imported Hela Curry Ketchup, real imported Abraham Schinken, and more of the foods and brands they begin to miss from back home in Germany.

That's where it gets tricky.  Where does a German in America get German groceries?  Occasionally they'll find the odd German product in the gourmet or "ethnic" section of a local supermarket.  If they find a decent local German-themed restaurant, they might locate a shelf or two of German food items, but generally it's a meager selection, at best.

The good news is GermanDeli.com has been around for the last 14 years serving those lusting for goodies from the Heimatland.  FULL DISCLOSURE:  I'm one of the owners.  And I am such a proud owner.  Why?  Well,  because we really do have the best selection of German, Austrian, and Swiss food in the USA.  We have on average 3,500 products in stock in the summer and almost 5,000 products October - December.  And we really do know how to ship chocolate and meat in the middle of a hot summer from hot Texas to hot Florida or anywhere there is a heatwave. And our customer service is top notch!

Oh, and we have the best slogan in the business:  "It's not about the food; It's about the memories."  Just ask any German who has been away from Germany for more than a week or two and I bet they will agree.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rumtopf (The famous German "rum pot")


www.GermanDeli.com sells Rumtopfs in 3 & 5-liter sizes

Mention the word "Rumtopf" around a German and you will likely get a big smile and a story.  The story will most likely include a few "characters" like a German mother, grandmother, or other relative who was the designated rumtopf-maker of the family.

Memories of of growing and hand-picking their own fruits and/or visiting a German Farmer's Market for ripe, juicy, fresh fruits and berries is a whole chapter in the Rumtopf story.  The tale will continue with poetic words describing how, as the growing season progressed, more and more layers of fresh fruits  "at their peak" were added to the classic ceramic crock.  Each fruit layer is then covered with copious amounts of sugar and a rich, dark or medium-dark rum (see RECIPE below).  The whole magical concoction was then covered tightly and hidden away in a cool place, like a cellar or the back of a refrigerator.

The story-teller will laugh with memories of how at least one family-member would be too impatient to wait as the fruit marinated for months.  After all, the idea is for the rumtopf to be enjoyed during the winter months when fresh fruit is scarce.  Patience is called for.  However, most family stories include at least one scamp who would dip into the crock well before the rumtopf was fully-ready to be presented (typically with great fanfare) around the Holidays in December.

Languishing in a marinade of rich, dark (or medium) rum, the tipsy fruit (often a melange of cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, pears, etc.) is served as a warm or cold compote with or without whipped cream or crème fraîche.  It is also marvelous warmed-up and served over vanilla ice cream or alongside a piece of simple pound cake. In other words, this story has a happy ending.

Gift idea:  A pretty glass jar with a tight seal, filled to the brim with your home-made Rumtopf concoction makes a wonderful holiday gift for a special someone.


The beginning of the story really should include a chapter on how the ceramic crock is hand-made in Germany.  The family rumtopf is often handed down from generation to generation, so it is only fitting that the maker of the rumtopf be part of a solid German family business.  Keramik Seifert produces food-safe, dishwasher safe ceramics for many household purposes.  The Rumtopf holds a special place within their high-quality ceramics.  Each one is also lovingly hand-painted.  Their production facility (Töpferei Seifert) is a popular tourist attraction in the charming little village of Königsgau, Germany, and tourists to Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be delighted to find a well-stocked Keramik Seifert Shop.  This video (in German) gives you a little peek into the Seifert family operation.

Where to buy your RUMTOPFhttp://www.germandeli.com/rumtopf.html

The RECIPE for Rumtopf: is simple.

1.) Into a clean dry rumtopf add the first layer of fruit.  The best fruits are firm-fleshed fruits like: cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, pears, etc.  Select only fruits that are at their peak of flavor and texture.  Slice or cube fruit into pieces that will fit onto a fork or spoon.  It is not necessary to remove the skin of most fruits.  However, be sure to discard pits, seeds, and stems.  Leave any berries (like strawberries) whole.  Avoid fruits that are or will become mushy.  Bananas and melons are not a good option because they are too soft.  Blueberries can discolor the liquid.  Citrus fruits are not good choices for a rumtopf, but unpeeled grapes (without stems) are perfect.

2.) Generously sprinkle fine-grained sugar over the fruit layer.  Then pour a good-quality (unflavored) rum (dark or medium) over the fruit and sugar until the liquid just covers all the fruit in the crock.  Don't use a spiced rum because the flavors of the fruit won't shine through enough.

3.) Place the lid onto the rumtopf to minimize evaporation.  The GermanDeli team even likes to cover the lid and opening in extra plastic.  Store the Rumtopf in a cool location.  Personally, I like to place the rumtopf in the refrigerator because the intoxicating smell of sugar, fruit, and brandy can be a real magnet to fruit flies.

4.) As you progress through the summer, add more and more layers of fruit, sugar, and rum.  It doesn't harm anything to stir the fruits, but do so gently because you want the pieces of fruit to keep their shape as much as possible.  As you remove fruit for the rumtopf for serving, try and replace it with more fruit. Enjoy the fruits of the season in all their glory.

GermanDeli.com has been around for the last 14 years serving those lusting for goodies from the Heimatland.  FULL DISCLOSURE:  I'm one of the owners.  And I am such a proud owner.  Why? Well,  because we really do have the best selection of German, Austrian, and Swiss food in the USA.  We have on average 3,500 products in stock in the summer and almost 5,000 products October - December.  And we really do know how to ship chocolate and meat in the middle of a hot summer from hot Texas to hot Florida or anywhere there is a heatwave. And our customer service is top notch!

Oh, and we have the best slogan in the business:  "It's not about the food; It's about the memories."  Just ask any German who has been away from Germany for more than a week or two and I bet they will agree.