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Feb 27, 2012 11:00 AM

Any leads on non-ultra-pasteurized heavy cream in Phx metro?

A lot of dessert recipes I run across specify heavy cream that has *not* been *ultra*pasteurized and/or hasn't had stabilizers like carrageenan added to it.

I've looked around, but I know I haven't exhausted all of the potential outlets. I thought that I would check in here to see if anyone had any leads before I spend more time driving around the valley in search of this stuff.

Please let me know of any actual or suspected sightings of this elusive beast. Thanks!

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  1. I am almost positive that the heavy cream at Trader Joe's is not ultra pasteurized or full of stabilizers. It comes in a small white plastic bottle w/ a pink cap. Good stuff.

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    1. re: HeyImBack

      I got the same tip from another person. The irony is that we buy pretty much all of our dairy staples (milk, 1/2 & 1/2, butter, sour cream, & yogurt) there. It sounds like what I was looking for was lurking right under my nose the whole time.


      1. re: hohokam

        I am 100% sure that there is no carrageenan in the trader joe's organic heavy cream because i used it for a reciepe

        Question: Is that the way to tell if it is ultra pasteurized or not? The addition of Carrageenan?

        1. re: Dapuma

          In my experience, the packaging for liquid dairy products sold in stores has a place where it states whether the product is pasteurized or ultrapasteurized.*

          I've also seen ultrapasteurized products described as "UHT" ("Ultra-high temperature" pasteurized/processed).

          *I'm assuming any raw milk liquid dairy products sold in stores would be labeled as "Raw milk".

    2. Have you tried asking Farmer Casey at Supersition ? They have a call or text line at 602 432 6865. They may know who you could source from if they can't supply. Or ask Chrysa Robertson at Rancho Pinot, she has to have a source, or she knows who at Slow Food could get some.

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      1. re: themis

        I get Clover Farms cream and other dairy products at New Frontiers in Sedona. I checked their website and it looks like at least a couple of WF locations in the Valley carry their products.

        1. re: janeh

          Huh. Clover Stornetta is pretty much ubiquitous in the Bay Area, but I never thought to look for their stuff around Phoenix. Next time I'm up at the Tatum/Shea Whole Foods, I'll try to get a fix on which of their products are carried there. Thanks!

        2. re: themis

          I would imagine that Superstition Farms has it, but I'm rarely in their neck of the woods; and, I'm not sure if they are still making trips over to the Downtown Phx market, as I haven't seen them there in a while.

          It did occur to me that if I totally struck out on the retail front that I could probably get information or a hook-up through someone like Tracy Dempsey or the ladies at Sweet Republic, but yeah, I would expect Chrysa to have a source too, seeing as how she's into making her own mozzarella and such.