SEA: Local source for cream or Artisanal butter?
- dave_c Jul 3, 2007 02:05 PM
I was reading Michael Ruhlman's blog about making butter at home: http://blog.ruhlman.com/ which has me wanting to make my own butter (at least once).
If I'm going to try this, I don't want to use supermarket cream.
Where can I find a local source for cream? Any particular farmer's market?
Also, are there any sources of locally made artisanal butter?
Unfortunately, Beecher's (in the Pike Place Market) just stopped making their butter.
I too was wondering about cream for butter after reading the article in the NYT Magazine on Sunday. I was going to ask at Pike Place Creamery though the Sea Breeze suggestion sounds like a good one. I've also always liked the Faith Dairy cream you can get at PCC. It comes in plastic pint containers and is the only product I've ever seen by Faith Dairy.
do you know why they stopped making butter?
We discovered them last week. The mac n' cheese smelled yummy though we didn't try any. We did buy a bit of the smoked cheese and their basic cheese--had to get both because the pups couldn't agree as to which they liked better. Both were/are quite tasty and we look forward to going back.
I don't know, but they've stopped making quite a few things that I loved (the blank slate cheese in different flavors, for example). It was neat to have a local butter but honestly, I didn't actually like it better than some of the artisanal butters you can buy here (though they aren't locally made) like Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. butter.
I was reading Michael Hebberoy's 7/07 article for F&W Magazine on Seattle "Outsider Chefs" and "Anti-Stars." He mentions Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island. From the article:
"Kurtwood Farms ... is one of the few legal producers of raw Jersey milk in the country. This remarkable milk is delivered to a handful of local restaurants—Lark, Sitka & Spruce—and Minglement, a local grocery store. The milk, freshly churned butter, ricotta and yogurt could win over the most jaded of eaters."
One of the few raw Jersey milk producers in the country, Kurt Timmermeister delivers bottles to local restaurants as well as Vashon Island’s Minglement, a grocery store near his 13-acre farm. Details Minglement, 19529 Vashon Hwy. SW; 206-463-9800.
PS Have you tried the Pike Place Market Creamery? They carry a fairly good range of dairy products.
nancy at pike place creamery takes pride in carrying unpastuerized dairy products including the best cream i have ever tasted and from which i was finally able to make real clotted cream. she also carries a large line of butters and has an annual tasting. btw, beecher's butter was always salted; they never offered unsalted
I second the Creamery at the Pike Place Market. Also, at places like Whole Foods, PCC and even some QFC's you'll find locally produced organic cream. The bakery I worked for for many years used commercial whipping/heavy cream to make butter for baking. Look for the highest possible fat content, not all heavy cream is the same.
The best butter in Seattle is in the Delaurantis cheese case the the Pike Place Market, it's not made here, but a slice off that giant wheel of French Butter w/ Sea Salt will have you slicing chunks of butter and popping it right into your mouth like a slice of fine cheese.
The Quality Cheese Company in the market also carries some locally made butter selections, but you have to ask for it at the counter because it's not kept in the main case you see right at the pedestrian isle. Viva la burre!
Depending on your purpose, you might consider Organic Valley European-Style Cultured Butter. Organic Valley is a relatively small coop of organic farmers, although only a few are in the Pacific Northwest. This particular butter has a delicious, French-like flavor. It also has a low-moisture, high butterfat content that is perfect for French pastry making. I find it at Whole Foods and, occasionally, PCC.