Now more than ever, I’ve been evaluating the food I purchase at our grocery stores each week. It’s crazy the stuff you’ll find in your food if you start reading all the labels, isn’t it?! Of course, it’s overwhelming if you start trying to change years of habits all at once, so I’ve been taking it a little bit at a time. For instance, I think I’ve finally eliminated all traces of high fructose corn syrup from our diets! Now I’m on to looking for and eliminating those nasty hormones – BLECH.
So when Erin contacted me about trying some butter from Minerva Dairy, I was intrigued. When she told me that the butter comes from pasture-raised cows, which means it is hormone and antibiotic-free, I was even MORE intrigued! And I mean…BUTTER. Who doesn’t want to try BUTTER?!
I hadn’t heard of Minerva Dairy before, so I headed over to their website to take a look. The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!
When the package arrived, I was astonished to find FOUR POUNDS OF BUTTER. Four pounds!
It was packaged so nicely for me in dry ice with an awesome cooler to boot!
And since I now had four pounds of butter…what could I do but make our favorite Gooey Butter Cookies?!
Gooey Butter Cookies
Yellow Cake Box Mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 8-oz. cream cheese bar, softened
Now, were they better than usual because of the butter, you ask? My hubby said they sure were! Well, let me tell you what I noticed…
Not only was the butter more creamy and easier to work with, but it made the cookie dough mixture fluffier, and I promise, they even baked more evenly!
The Gooey Butter Cookies weren’t the only thing that I experimented on with Minerva Dairy Butter. I’ve fried and scrambled eggs with it, I’ve seared steaks with it, I’ve blended it with fruit and a variety of spices to make a few spreads and I’ve done the simplest thing (like smearing a piece of toast) with it. And I won’t lie: I’ve frozen some of it to use in my holiday baking this year! Yes I did!
The best way I know how to describe it is that it’s like the difference between fresh eggs and eggs from the grocery refrigerated section. It just tastes better. It tastes fresher. It’s smoother. And I’m pretty sure that’s because it’s REAL and not full of all the extra junk that gets thrown into our foods these days!
If you have a Piggly Wiggly near you, you can run by and pick up your own Minerva Dairy products for yourself! No Piggly Wiggly near you? No problem! You can ORDER their products directly from their website! Ya gotta love it!
My question for you now is…what’s in YOUR butter?! If you go read your ingredients and find a bunch of JUNK, better head over to Minerva Dairy and order some of the good stuff!
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