Golden Kitchen Bricks
Look, deny it all you want but we all love butter. So many tasty things (cookies, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, etc.) all involve butter.
With the large variety of reasons we use butter, the gold bricks of the kitchen as I like to call them, we thought it imperative to provide grass-fed butter that is better for you and your family. Jonathan Lambright of Homestead Organic Farms shares our vision to bring you food that raises your confidence in your food choices.
Homestead Organic Farms in Shipshewana, Indiana provides us with the grass-fed butter, free of chemicals. As Jonathan points out they are “not pushing for milk production, [they] are pushing for healthy milk”. This mirrors our desire to produce food we are happy not just feeding your family with but also our own. Claiming the same “healthy soil for healthy animals” so that you can be assured that you have the best food that you can.
So how is all of the delicious golden goodness created? Let us break it down in 7 steps:
1.Milk the Cows
I know you are thinking (well, duh). But Jonathan and the folks over at Homestead still use the old fashioned bucket milkers that have a gentler hands-on approach to the process.
No, not like a military tank, sorry to disappoint any 5-year-old dreams. But the milk is taken from the buckets and added to a cooled tank through strainers. It is then immediately cooled to a brisk 35 degrees.
3.Cream or Skim?
Here they separate the cream from the skim milk and drop the cream into the 35-gallon pasteurizer.
4.Why do today what you can do tomorrow?
Just kidding, that may be the procrastinator’s motto but here we actually have to let the milk pasteurize before we can continue. At this point though the 30 gallons of cream are added to the churn and the stirring begins.
5.Keep an eye out
At this point, there is a bit of waiting and watching. Once it reaches the texture of whipped cream (anybody else thinking of pumpkin pie?) you know you are getting close. In about 5 minutes you will see nuggets of gold! Ok well, butter but that's like the gold of the kitchen.
The golden chunks are separated from the sea of buttermilk surrounding them by draining out the buttermilk and rinsing away the excess with cold water until only butter is left.
This leaves us with 30 to 50 pounds of golden, melty goodness. Why is the leftover butter so much more yellow than conventional, store-bought butter? Simple-- grass-fed and chemical-free! You can literally see the difference! For us that is beyond exciting and our ultimate goal. We want you to have the same confidence in our products that we do.
Why explain and show all of this to you? Why should you care?
We want you to have the information available to study your food for yourself and your family. There is power in knowing what you are consuming and how that food came to be. All of the steps of production show up in the final product. There are health issues, as Jonathan points out, that you can heal with food. Bottom line: Healthy food = healthy people.
“In Bible times, they talked about a shepherd and so that’s what a farmer is. A shepherd is not just an owner of livestock -- he is a caretaker. A true farmer will sacrifice.” --Jonathan Lambright