How do we get such a rich taste in our butters?
To create our specialty butters, we carefully hand select the finest, all natural, known sourced, ingredients that we blend with our grass fed, rBST free butter.
How much milk does it take to make 1 pound of butter?
It takes just over 21 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.
Can I freeze the butters?
Yes – Our butters can be frozen for a year.
How long are the butters good for after opening?
Our butters are best if used within 4 weeks of opening, but Gert is confident you will be finished long before then.
Is the cream pasteurized?
Yes – We strongly believe that using pasteurized milk is safest for our customers.
What is pasteurization?
Pasteurization is the process of heating food to a specific temperature for a specific length of time to kill harmful bacteria and microorganisms. Our grass fed cream is pasteurized by using the High Temperature Short Time (HTST) process, which has been in use since the 1930’s. The cream that we use is heated only to the lowest temperature proven to safely kill harmful bacteria without sacrificing flavor, freshness, and many of the cream’s natural nutrients.
What is rBST?
rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin) is a synthetic hormone that is injected into dairy cows to trick their metabolism into producing more milk. The safety of rBST has been questioned, but is approved by the FDA.
Why is our butter rBST Free?
In keeping with our all natural philosophy we stand firm on not using any milk that contains rBST. We share concerns that rBST may contribute to increased rates of obesity, early onset puberty, and some cancers. Many countries around the world have banned its use.
Why do we use grass fed butter rather than the more common grain fed butter?
Grass fed butter is higher in many nutrients than butter from cows that are fed processed grain-based feeds. A higher proportion of fresh grass in a cow’s diet increases the amount of healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).
What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)?
CLA is related to the Omega-6 fatty acids. One of the two types of essential fatty acids that help the body increase metabolic rates, boost the immune system, and keep cholesterol levels in check. CLA can not be produced by the human body.
Do we use preservatives?
We add NO preservatives in any of our Specialty Butters. We do at times add citric acid and sea salt, but only as flavorings.
Is our butter lactose free?
Not completely. Butter is low in lactose, so moderate amounts should be safe for most people with mild lactose intolerance.
Is our butter gluten free?
All Specialty Butters made by Slate Roof Creamery are 100% naturally gluten free.
Is our butter low sodium?
YES – “Low Sodium” defined by the FDA means each serving must be less than 140 mg per serving.
What does small batch process mean?
Many creameries produce continuously with no natural break in production. For us, small batch processing means that we make each variety in just that “a small batch.” Ingredients are pre-weighed and added by hand just at the right time to allow them to blend and meld with our grass fed, rBST free butter.
What does all natural mean?
All of our ingredients are free of preservatives, artificial flavorings or colorings.
What is so special about our butter?
We strongly believe that the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland produces the best dairy – for it has the great water of the Susquehanna River flowing through it. We find the philosophy of our farmers where family, community, a pledge to produce the finest dairy, and the ethical treatment of cows, is 100% in line with our values.
Of the 6,650 dairy farms in Pennsylvania, alone, the average herd size is around 80 cows. And, 99% of all dairy farms in the “Keystone State” are family owned. Pennsylvania has the second largest number of dairy farms in the nation.
How do we define locally-sourced?
We know where all our cream, herbs, spices, fruits, cheeses, and even our packaging comes from – all from privately owned and operated businesses. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint, by using sources geographically close to our production facility.
Who is Slate Roof Creamery?
We are a small business, owned by three close friends, who support the community. Our products are made in a cold room small batch process, to ensure the highest quality and standards for each and every batch produced. As we strive to be a local resource, we actively support local and regional companies.
How can I sell Slate Roof Creamy specialty butters in my store or distribute them?
Contact wholesale@SlateRoofCreamery.com and we will assist you with the best method to obtain our Specialty Butters. Or simply call us toll free at 800-433-3356, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday, Eastern Time.
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