Minnesota butter gains national recognition
This month’s issue of Saveur magazine features the ingredient that adds the underappreciated magic touch to most recipes: butter. A section of the magazine profiles ’30 Great Butters’. PastureLand Summer Gold Salted Butter, which hails from Minnesota, made the list. The magazine describes it as having a ‘herbaceous flavor’ that goes well with seafood. A quick look at their Web site will show it is no ordinary butter. PastureLand butter is made from the milk of cows that have been raised completely on grass. Their Web site details that the butter’s color comes from the beta-carotene in the grass that the cows eat. The butter has won 5 awards from the American Cheese Society in the past 4 years and is available online or at selected co-op food stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The company is composed of 6 different farm families that decided to create a brand because their butter provided more nutrients, compared to that of conventionally raised cattle. These farmers are also dedicated to sustainability by being mindful of the farms’ effects on other parts of the state. They say everything on the Mississippi River watershed living downstream from their farms isn’t harmed because of their enhanced water quality, wildlife habitat, and decreased agricultural run-off.