Hunterdon/Somerset/Mercer Source for cream that is not ultra pasteurized?
- flourgirl May 15, 2007 06:08 AM
Thanks to a lot of helpful posters, I found some local sources for quality chocolate. Now I need local sources for cream that is pasteurized, not ultra-pasteurized. I've tried Shop-Rite, Wegman's and a local health food store. Any suggestions?
The only options I can think of are one pay a dairy farmer to get a gallon straight from the bulk tank or possibly the Amish.
Having grown up in the heart of dairy country you will be hard pressed to find anyone that will openly advertise or dispense of unpastuerized milk. I believe the FDA makes it so that all creams have to be ultra-pasturized.
If I had a dime for every time I drank milk straight from the bulk tank as a kid I would be a millionaire. I swear at temp, (38 degrees) you can't find a better drink for kids on a hot humid day who just climbed out of a 140 degree haymow.
By the way if you find a farmer who will let you get milk out of his tank, one of those 5 quart plastic ice cream buckets will yield about a inch to a inch and a half of solid cream once it has sat in the refrigerator over night. Which comes pretty close to a good cup and a half of cream.
I don't know - does the FDA say that all cream has to be ULTRA-pasteurized or just pasteurized? I believe cream is only ultra-pasteurized to extend the shelf life - not for any other reason. I'm not looking for unpasteurized cream - just not ULTRA-pasteurized.
Now, that doesn't mean that I know for sure that pasteurized cream is available anywhere. I've never seen it - only read about it - kind of like Bigfoot, I guess. I think i'm gonna do me a little googlin' right now.
Flourgirl, you can see Bigfoot at Wegman's in Bridgewater.
I was just there and they have "fresh" cream which says it is pasterurized. Right next to it is the same stuff, but ultra-pasteurized. They also carry pasteurized and ultra-pasteurized half-and-half. As you would expect, there is a significant difference in expiration dates.
Welsh Farms is a pretty common brand around here (Essex Co.) and I distinctly remember their half-and-half and cream having a drastically shorter expiration date than most of the other brands. I don't believe it is ultra pasturized.