It’s the best and butteriest time of the year! This year Diane St Clair and her cows at Animal Farm have been working overtime to churn out some extra butter just in time for Thanksgiving! This year we’re lucky enough to be getting TWO batches of butter – one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas (Christmas sale launches Tuesday 12/8) so grab some butter while the grabbin’s good!
Every holiday season Saxelby Cheesemongers has the privilege of bringing you butter from Animal Farm, a small dairy farm in Orwell Vermont. Diane St Clair produces this exceptional cultured butter from her herd of ten Jersey cows. Throughout the year Ms. St Clair ships all of her butter to acclaimed chef Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry and Per Se. But for a few butterfat-filled weeks each year, Diane sends her butter to Saxelby Cheesemongers!
What makes Animal Farm Butter better? Start with the fact that it is made from pure Jersey cream, which contains over 87% butterfat. Diane hand-skims the cream with a ladle instead of relying on a mechanical separator, which, in addition to building up her biceps, keeps the precious fat globules in pristine condition. After the cream has been separated, Ms St Clair cultures it for 24 hours using her own buttermilk as a starter, creating a tangy flavor profile that is totally unique to her proprietary blend of cultures.
Next the cream is churned until it is transformed into butter. Diane then drains off the buttermilk and puts the block of butter on a marble slab for kneading. She ‘washes’ the block of butter with water and kneads it until all the milk is out of it and the butter is perfect. We think you’ll agree that this butter is sublime! The flavor is sweet, grassy and complex with a gentle twang from the culturing process.
Each one pound package comes with four hand rolled balls of butter that will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, or can stay frozen for up to six months.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PACKAGES WILL BE SHIPPED ON MONDAY 11/23 VIA FEDEX OVERNIGHT DELIVERY SERVICE FOR DELIVERY ON TUESDAY 11/24. ORDERS PLACED FOR IN-STORE PICKUP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP ON WEDNESDAY 11/25**