The Amish Ice House

The Amish Ice House by Tracy Fredrychowski

Photo by Jim Fisher

It continues to amaze me at how resourceful the Amish are. I don’t think twice about going to the refrigerator and pushing my glass under the ice dispenser to fill my glass with perfect little square cubes of ice. I don’t give it a thought on how it needs electricity to freeze it, a water line to feed it cold water, and for my hubby to pay the power bill to keep it running.

The Amish, on the other hand, look to nature to keep things cold. In the small Northwestern Amish Community, I spend a great deal of time in, my Amish friends are starting to cut ice to fill their ice houses. Without the use of electricity, many families still rely on their yearly supply of ice to keep their food from spoiling clear through summer. Traditionally ice houses were made of wood, but now we see old freezer trucks and small buildings lined in styrofoam up to two or three feet thick built to store winter ice.

You can read more about how the Amish from Pennsylvania cut ice to keep their icehouses cold here>>


Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.

Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.

Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country.  The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.

Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.

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