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Welcome Farmer-Owned Organic Valley

lilred-right-categories-creamWe are delighted to have Organic Valley Coop as a new advertiser on Cookus Interruptus. Organic Valley has been a pioneer in the organic food movement for over 20 years. This unique company’s philosophy dovetails beautifully with ours because they base their decisions on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth.  Not only is Organic Valley dedicated to providing healthful organic products, they are local.  That’s right.  Although their stellar products are available nationally and headquarters are in Wisconsin, their products come from the 1652 farm families who own the company.  The Organic Valley milk you buy at the store was produced and processed by local farmers near you.  Pretty cool!

One very impressive aspect of Organic Valley is their utter (should that be udder?) transparency.  For example, they are happy to have you know that the average Organic Valley dairy herd size is 76, and staff visits all of the farms on a regular basis.  Read their Pasture Policy.    They are one of the few companies offering a totally pastured butter that is seasonally produced in small batches at the height of pasture season.  Delectable.

We feel strongly that it is important to avoid antibiotics and hormones in our food which is why Cookus Interruptus supports organic food.  You will notice us using Organic Valley products in some of our videos.  The cultured unsalted  butter is perfect for baking (think pie crust).  Organic heavy cream is what makes Chicken Tikka Masala so sensual.  Their raw sharp cheddar sliced thin on a rye cracker with sweet pepper relish on top will wow your guests. Please join us in welcoming them (I’ll forward your comments to Carrie Ann @ OV).

Buttering You Up

homemade_butterI’ve gotten a couple of comments lately expressing some skepticism about whether it’s okay to eat butter or not. In the nutrition department at Bastyr University, where I teach, we believe that the best fats come from traditional source. In other words, we’re less impressed with the large selection of refined polyunsaturated oils that are so widely used and more impressed with the fats that have come from natural whole foods sources: like butter, ghee and (dare I say it) lard. Yes these products contain saturated fats. And I’m proud to stand up and say I eat them. There.

Did you know saturated fats and cholesterol make the membranes of the cells firm? Without them the cells would become flabby and fluid. If we humans didn’t have cholesterol and saturated fats in the membranes of our cells, we would look like giant worms or slugs. And we are not talking about a few molecules of cholesterol here and there. In many cells, almost half of the cell membrane is made from cholesterol. Foods with cholesterol in them have been a natural part of the human diet for …well forever. Recent studies are actually linking cardiovascular disease more strongly with refined grains, lack of exercise and stress. Not to eating too much butter.

Butter is 66% saturated fat and 30% monounsaturated fats. It is stable, has fewer rancidity problems and maintains its integrity when cooked. Butter contains lauric acid, lecithin and vitamins A & D. If the butter comes from cows allowed access to pasture, the possible presence of omega 3 fatty acids increases. This is great stuff. Plus the temperature at which butter sizzles but doesn’t brown happens to be perfect for cooking eggs. Let’s hear it for auditory cooking signals! When you add fats to certain vegetables it increases the bioavailability of certain nutrients, particularly the fat-soluble vitamins. Nice. Sauté kale in butter and garlic. Live long and prosper.

Within reason (what does that mean? – like a couple of tablespoons a day) butter in the diet is preferable to seed oils and certainly preferable to imitation butters. If you’re still nervous check out THINCS (The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics) – a group of international physicians and scientists that don’t believe that eating foods that contain cholesterol is linked to heart disease. Who knows, maybe they’ll even find out the eating butter helps you make more brown fat (the nutrition buzz word in today’s news). Let’s make scones! Weigh in kids. Do you eat butter? Give me support.