Nothing Better than Butter for the Holidays

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Top Chefs and Dieticians Agree: Award-Winning Organic Valley Butter is Key Ingredient to Rich Recipes— Savory, Sweet and Wholesome

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, recently won awards for its European Style Cultured Butter and Pasture Butter, two delicious butter offerings from its family of farms. To celebrate the awards—and recent health findings that butter is in fact better—Organic Valley has developed several recipes and serving suggestions just in time for the holidays.

At the 2009 American Cheese Society Annual Judging & Competition, Organic Valley European Style Cultured Butter won first place in the Unsalted Butter Made from Cow’s Milk with or without Cultures category and Organic Valley Pasture Butter placed third in the Salted Butter Made from Cow’s Milk with or without Cultures category. At the 2009 World Dairy Expo, Organic Valley Pasture Butter placed third in the Championship Dairy Product Contest in the Salted Butter category.

Top chefs endorse European Style Cultured Butter and Pasture Butter as elegant, luscious and high-performing. Organic Valley butters have multiple uses and applications, from the fussiest of French sauces and classic pastries, to serving suggestions as simple as herbed butter over succulent vegetables or rich holiday cookies.

“Slow-churned butter made from the organic milk of cows who freely pasture tastes so much better and in fact is so much better for you and for the environment. I like Organic Valley’s Pasture Butter,” said Nora Pouillon, chef and owner of Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant. “It has a luscious texture, rich flavor, and is an elegant butter for use in a wide variety of applications or to simply slather a lot of it on dark organic country bread."

Organic Valley European Style Cultured Butter is a specialty butter made in the age-old tradition of fine European butters. Organic Valley starts with organic milk from cows allowed to pasture freely then adds a live culture to ripen the cream and bring out the sweetness of the butter. Upon reaching perfection in the culture tanks, the cream is churned in small batches. European Style Butter is churned longer than other butters, lowering the moisture content and increasing the butterfat to 84 percent, compared to regular butter at 80 percent. This time-honored style of butter-making enhances the inherent sweetness of the butter and yields a superior performance in cooking and baking.

Organic Valley’s Pasture Butter is a limited edition, rich and nutritious butter made from the milk of organic cows that enjoy grazing on the nutrient-rich, dense, green pastures at the height of the grazing season from May through September. Pasture Butter provides higher levels of antioxidants, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which, according to the Healing Foods Pyramid, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, can help reduce inflammation, and show promise in reducing our risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. While the European Style is unsalted, Pasture Butter is lightly salted. Both butters come in 8 oz foil packages—not sticks.

Organic Valley butter-centric serving suggestions and recipes include buttermilk biscuits with parmesan and sage, wild rice and mushroom soup, perfect hollandaise sauce, creamed spinach with shallots and sherry, sole meuniére (the traditional French dish said to first enamor Julia Child upon arriving in Paris), classic pastry crust, apricot lavender shortbread, and a trio of herbed butters—chile-cumin, lemon-tarragon, and roasted red pepper-Roquefort—to spice up your holiday meals. All recipes can be found at

Like all Organic Valley dairy products, Organic Valley's European Style Cultured Butter and Pasture Butter are produced by family farmers in harmony with nature without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or pesticides. Their animals are raised humanely and given certified organic feed—never any animal by-products—and their pastures are certified organic. Other Organic Valley butter offerings include whipped, cultured and salted.

Organic Valley’s European Style and Pasture Butter have been found to be delicious and safe carriers of critical fat-soluble nutrients, including vitamins A, D, E, and K. More and more of today’s national dieticians are underscoring the health benefits of organic butter, and the need for pleasure through real and delicious food in moderation vs. second-rate substitutes.

"I love Organic Valley butter because of the superb taste,” said Erin Berquest, R.D. “The American Heart Association doesn't specifically say not to eat butter; eating 1-2 teaspoons of organic butter is not a problem. The world should know that butter from pasture-raised cattle without use of antibiotics or growth hormones is a delicious dietary choice. I also recommend balancing butter with cold expeller pressed olive oil.”

“[Organic Valley’s Pasture Butter] is very tasty, plus it has higher levels of CLA and omega-3s,” commented Breea Johnson, R.D. “I'm not anti-saturated fat. I would rather have my clients eat butter than any sort of processed oil spread."

“Our butters are another example of using the highest-quality ingredients that nature provides,” says Theresa Marquez, chief marketing executive for Organic Valley. “From the organic pastures our cows graze on to the slow churning process, our butters are elegant, healthful and delicious. What could be better than that?”

Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and is one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,398 farmers in 33 states and one Canadian province, and achieved $527.8 million in 2008 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie Family of Farms label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit, and the cooperative’s farmer website, Organic Valley is also on Twitter @Organic_Valley, and Facebook

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