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Dietrich's Meats and Country Store: A Meat Mecca

10/06/2010 12:54 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I've been going to Dietrich's Meats for decades (it's been in business since the early 1970s). It's the best place to buy unusual meats, local specialties, and lard. I have written before about the somewhat surly Pennsylvania Dutch staff (which brings out the affection in me) and the store's lard (it's the only place I would ever buy it). Once when I was in Maine, I met an older gentleman who said he made a pilgrimage once a year to Dietrich's, and bought all his favorites in bulk. In the freezer section, you can find everything from frozen chicken feet to guinea hens. :-(

There are the expected jars of pickled beets, chow-chow, and sauerkraut, right next to the pickled pig snouts, lamb tongues, and...guinea hearts! Basically, at Dietrich's nothing goes unused. In the fresh meat case, they have all the baloneys and salamis and jerky, as well as smoked meats. In fact the whole place smells like smoked meats. It could be because of the smoked pig's head they have on the pet treat table....

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