Wednesday
Apr042012

Collecting the Ingredients

We live in New Jersey, known as the Garden State (also known infamously for our taxes, diners, traffic circles and turnpike as well). In our area, we are fortunate to have numerous Farmer's Markets available to us get fresh produce, meats and other goods. One of my favorites is the Dutch Wagon Market on Route 70 in Medford. The market is open Friday and Saturday and is a local institution. There are numerous vendors on the site who sell a variety of goods. Two of my personal favorites sell fresh chickens, ducks, turkeys and other meats. The other sells cheese, pork products, lunch meat and my favorite item...rolled butter. What a find for a cooking enthusiast! The butter is just wonderful. Although it is salted, the quality of the butter makes up for the added salt. I just adjust my recipes for it. It is great for baking, cooking and eating. Once you try this old fashioned butter, you may never want to go back to the supermarket brands. I purchase it in 2+ pound rolls. The per pound price is $3.75 which makes it slightly less expensive than brand name butter. I like to slice it in thick slices and freeze it using my FoodSaver, vacuum sealing system. The babka I am making on Friday uses 1/2 cup of butter for each loaf. I promised to make one for my mom as well so that's one cup out of my stash.

The butter comes from Minerva Dairy in Minerva, Ohio which uses about 400,000 pounds of milk daily to maintain its products of 40,000 pounds of cheese and 7,000 pounds of butter per week. They rely on 70 small dairy farms in the area to keep the operation running. The Amish Roll Butter they produce is made by the batch in a churn with naturally cultured cream According to the website, "the slow churning process gives the butter an authentic thick texture". It is mixed with additive-free Sea Salt before it is is hand packed.

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