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Horizon Organic Dairy?

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Created February 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I am searching for butter to make my homemade ghee. I know Kerrygold unstalted butter is the top choice (given Irish cows are mostly grass fed), but it's a little hard to get around my area. so I saw this Unsalted butter from Horizon http://www.horizondairy.com/ at my local market and wonder if their cows are grass fed.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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on February 25, 2011
at 04:48 PM

@Jack Kronk: Yup that was me who posted that macadamia nuts in EVIL oil..:) thanks for visiting my blog! I'm going to get more KG unsalted butter so I'd cook it a bit longer to get that rich flavor ghee!

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 25, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Homestead is the brand I was thinking of.

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on February 25, 2011
at 07:36 AM

I don't know if Horizon is grassfed (I doubt it, though), but if you can find Woodstock Farms organic, that is grassfed, at least partially. It's not labeled as such on the box, but a company rep told me that it is. It's dark enough and flavorful enough that I believe her, though Kerrygold, Trickling Springs, and local raw butter are still better.

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on February 24, 2011
at 09:44 PM

As far as I know, Organic Valley only offers a cultured pasture butter, meaning that they do not offer an uncultured pasture butter. Kerrygold is cultured as well.

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on February 24, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I just visited yor website too Jos! Cool stuff. Hey funny you must be the one who posted that one thing about the macadamia nuts in cottonseed oil. lol. Also, with your first ghee, it sounds like you just ended up with clarified butter, which is good, but if you let it simmer a wee bit longer on low, the ghee will become very rich with flavor. The first 3 times I made 'ghee', I think I made clarified butter. on the 4th try, I cooked it for about 10 extra minutes and it is much more delicious :)

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 24, 2011
at 08:10 PM

There are Albertsons, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Fresh and Easy, Vons but I don't shop there at all..mostly I shop either at local Asian market or Mediterranean market. I'd stock up KG butter, and would love to get a wholesale on it if it's cheaper (my Costco only carries the salted ones)

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on February 24, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Thanks for visiting! :)

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on February 24, 2011
at 07:31 PM

AFAIK butter keeps well in the freezer, so you don't need to go to TJ too often. If you find Kerrygold or Organic Valley Pastured (not Cultured), buy a whole bunch!

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on February 24, 2011
at 07:06 PM

*Humboldt ;) I can attest to the grass-fed nature of their cows; I drive past them on my way to school every day. Their butter is very good, too. :)

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Kent, I'll check the brand when I get home. It's more expensive, but most of the milks sold in glass bottles have a deposit of at least a dollar, which you get back when you return the bottle. So ultimately, the milk itself isn't that much more expensive.

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:38 PM

My nearest TJs is an hour and a half away :( I try to get up there every couple of months; I stock up on the unsalted Kerrygold and freeze it. BTW, I really like your blog! Love the colorful pics.

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Thanks..I checked OV and some asian market also carries it..there's no WF around where I live unfortunately.

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I don't usually buy milk...the only store that carries Kerrygold butter around my area is TJ (reasonable price) but I don't go there too often either

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on February 24, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Oberweiss? Delicious milk, expensive, never looked into whether or not it's grass fed. Their distribution may also not be that wide...

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Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

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on February 24, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Horizon is not good milk, not grass fed. You might want to see if you can find Straus Dairy where you're at. What local stores do you have? Alberstons, Safeway? Little health-food stores? Most places will order things for you if their distributor chain carries them.

http://www.pastureland.coop/

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 24, 2011
at 08:10 PM

There are Albertsons, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Fresh and Easy, Vons but I don't shop there at all..mostly I shop either at local Asian market or Mediterranean market. I'd stock up KG butter, and would love to get a wholesale on it if it's cheaper (my Costco only carries the salted ones)

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on February 25, 2011
at 03:00 AM

Horizon is a brand of Dean Foods. You decide if you trust that.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Humbolt Creamery and Organic Valley makes a pasture butter. OV is very popular and available at Whole Foods all over the place.

http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/butter/pasture/

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Thanks..I checked OV and some asian market also carries it..there's no WF around where I live unfortunately.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 24, 2011
at 07:06 PM

*Humboldt ;) I can attest to the grass-fed nature of their cows; I drive past them on my way to school every day. Their butter is very good, too. :)

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on February 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

I agree that Horizon is not a good choice at all. I keep nagging my local stores to stop carrying the brand entirely but it's unfortunately a big seller. Keep looking (or buy a bigger freezer so you can REALLY stock up on the KG!)

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 24, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Their cows have "access" to pasture, but that's not the same as pasture-raised. Plus, Horizons sources their milk from a number of company and non-company owned farms, so it's highly doubtful that all the cows (even if some) are entirely grass-fed.

Where are you buying the milk at? We've had luck in buying milk in glass containers - the bottle doesn't say it, but the brand we buy (can't think of it at the moment) supposedly sources milk from grass-fed cows.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Kent, I'll check the brand when I get home. It's more expensive, but most of the milks sold in glass bottles have a deposit of at least a dollar, which you get back when you return the bottle. So ultimately, the milk itself isn't that much more expensive.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on February 24, 2011
at 07:31 PM

AFAIK butter keeps well in the freezer, so you don't need to go to TJ too often. If you find Kerrygold or Organic Valley Pastured (not Cultured), buy a whole bunch!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 24, 2011
at 09:44 PM

As far as I know, Organic Valley only offers a cultured pasture butter, meaning that they do not offer an uncultured pasture butter. Kerrygold is cultured as well.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 24, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Oberweiss? Delicious milk, expensive, never looked into whether or not it's grass fed. Their distribution may also not be that wide...

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 25, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Homestead is the brand I was thinking of.

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

(478)

on February 24, 2011
at 06:17 PM

I don't usually buy milk...the only store that carries Kerrygold butter around my area is TJ (reasonable price) but I don't go there too often either

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on February 24, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I saw a bad review here: http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/FarmID_134.html

They also have ratings for a lot of other dairy: http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html

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