I have been a fan of Kerrygold products for what feels like officially forever.
I’ve held that secret close to my heart like a royal flush, only letting it spill on occasion.
Over the last two years or so, being a food blogger, I’ve received care packages from the lovely folks at Kerrygold. Though part of the territory of being a food blogger — after a recent evening at a local blogger event hosted by them — I felt I just had to show my hand about this fabulous brand once and for all.
Great things, after all, deserve to be shared.
Actually a brand of the Irish Dairy Board, they are a co-op of dairy farmers.
And though they also make extraordinary cheeses, I’ll start with what I think is a hands-down, must-have staple in every cook’s fridge:
Kerrygold Pure Unsalted Butter.
Not an advertisement for Kerrygold (nor have I ever been paid a red cent to say this), just a little in-the-know “psst” from me to lovely you.
A cultured butter full of silky, clean-tasting creaminess, it is like light gold. It spreads like a dream and goes down way too easy. Simply put, it’s the best butter on the market, hands down.
And let’s just say that if Kerrygold Pure Unsalted Butter didn’t melt, I’d take daily naps on the couch snuggling up with the stuff.
It’s that good.
Containing some of the highest butter-fat content on the market (82%), it makes for the best biscuits on the planet. Use it in anything that calls for plain unsalted butter and you’ll be needing to rewrite the recipe to include a “Best” in front of its title.
What makes all the difference is where the milk they use to make this butter comes from:
Cows raised in small herds that graze outdoors on this rich, natural grass day in and day out for up to 312 days a year, longer than almost every country in the world.
And on the other days of the year when winter comes and the grasses stop growing? They munch mostly on dried grass that’s been cut fresh and saved up for them during the year.
Just as it should be, growth hormones and BST are completely banned in the Emerald Isle. And just as sweet, all of Kerrygold’s products are also free of genetically modified ingredients, antibiotics and pesticides.
Why should all this matter? Because happy, healthy, grass-fed cows make great milk. Not only great tasting, and exceptional to cook with but so much better for you too.
In Kerrygold’s own words:
“In Ireland, our farming practices strike a happy balance between ensuring our cows live happy contented lives while enabling our farmers to enjoy a lifestyle and livelihood which is in harmony with the land and nature.”
Now that’s something worth mooing about.
To learn more about Kerrygold and the Irish Dairy Board, go to http://kerrygoldusa.com.
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