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Grass-fed Butter Makes Everything Better

I was just about to buy some butter from Azure Standard. We typically buy Rumiano butter. It grassfedis grass fed with no hormones. It is fantastic! I have never tasted a better butter out there. I think it’s better than Kerrygold and far cheaper.  Well last month I bought some for $2.15/lb which is amazing for grass-fed butter. I wish I would have bought 3 cases. Alas, I did not and now the price shot up to $4.00/lb.  I was having a little sticker shock over here so I started shopping for more types of butter that Azure carried. Willow Maid is one that several other bloggers use. I started to research if it was grass-fed. Which I haven’t found any info on it yet. I did a pretty in depth web search (which means I spent more that 30 min on it.) to no avail. So I called Rumiano cause I found some website that said they maid it.

Yeah I called the company. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like making phone calls to strangers.  Well I got to talk to the guy who makes the actual Rumiano butter! (Wish I would have thought ahead to chat with him last month when we actually visited the Rumiano cheese factory in Crescent City, CA while on vacation with my kids to see the Redwoods.)  He was very nice and very helpful. I thought I’d pass on the information that he shared.

He said Rumiano packages the Willow Maid but it doesn’t come from their milk that makes the Rumiano butter.  So still don’t know where the milk comes from for WIllow Maid.  Rumiano butter is actually 84% butter fat. Typical butter is 80% butter fat. They also process their butter European style. Which makes it creamier with a better texture. (Boy is it!!)  Their cream comes from Jersey cows that are local to California and eat mostly grass all year round. They also purchased new equipment that has helped them have a superior product.   I asked him about the price going up and he said there is butter shortage going on, he didn’t know why and that dairy prices in general have been crazy lately. Which I have to agree with. Usually in spring the dairy prices go down but butter at Costco was almost $2.50/lb the other day.  Really the best prices I saw on butter was last November to December. I stocked up on Land O Lakes butter at $1.44/lb one day.  I bought a 20 lb case and about 1/2 way through learned it is produced by a Monsanto company! Ack! Well we finished the box but we won’t be buying that kind of butter anymore.

The only place I’ve found where you can get this fabulous butter is Azure Standard.  Buy it by the case of 15 lbs to get a better price. It freezes marvelously even just in the original packaging. When you open it you will see it’s very very yellow. Now when I have to buy store bought butter (gasp!) it is almost white in comparison.

That very yellow color comes from the cows eating grass which then makes CLA or conjugated lineolic acid, which has strong anticancer properties and it encourages build up of muscle and prevents weight gain(Nourishing Traditions, p 17). But this precious nutrient disappears when cows are fed even a little grain.

So how do I balance paying such a steep price for butter?

#1 Try to but it when the price goes down and stock up.

#2 Rotate using other healthy fats such as coconut oil, palm oil, homemade lard (cheapest).

#3 Because of the high butterfat content you don’t need as much. I find when we put this butter on popcorn we taste it better and we use less. It’s like buying concentrated butter.Kind of.

#4 When we ate popcorn with store bought butter (I was out and my azure order is due today.) I felt a little sick afterward. I don’t feel that way after eating popcorn with Rumiano butter on it.

So I really get no kickback or free anything from this post. Wish I did. But I don’t. Don’t know how to go about doing that. So if some company namely Rumiano wants to send me some free butter for advertising for them, feel free! I’ll tell you if they do.

Spinach Soup

This time of year I love quick and easy meals but especially soup.  A friend brought me this soup after they had a church party and had way too much leftover. I was more than happy to take it off of her hands.

Spinach Soup

Garlic spinach

Spinach

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour or cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Half and Half (or real cream)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
    Directions
    1. In a medium saucepan, combine chicken broth and spinach. Bring to a boil, and cook until spinach is tender.
    2. In a small pan saute onions in 2 Tablespoons butter until tender, add minced garlic then add to cooked spinach.  Let it cool- then put it in a food processor or a blender and process until it is smooth. I used a stick blender. Less mess and accidents.
    3. Melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and half and half.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in spinach mixture.

Good Fats, yes there are good ones!

I’ve wanted to put up a post about good fats and bad fats but just haven’t had time. There are a few websites out there that have already done the work for me. So I decided to just put a link and let you go read their post. Keeper of the Home is a great blog that discusses lots of things besides traditional foods but right now she is focusing on those foods. SO if you want to know why I eat butter(lots of it) and coconut oil and even lard (but I render it myself) then read the link to Keeper of the Home.