Review – Straus Family Creamery
The past couple of weeks we have purchased Straus 2% Cream Top Milk. Straus bottles their milk and cream in glass bottles, which are then reused, this way there is even less recycling energy needed. Just return the bottle to where you purchased it and you will receive your refund.
The milk comes from pasture-raised cows in northern Marin County, right near the ocean. The first thing I noticed about this milk was the pleasant sweetness. It’s also overall just more flavorful than most of the other milk I’m use too. This could be from the grass the cows graze on, or the low pasteurization temperature (170F for a bit longer than the ultra-pasteurized temperature of 280F), or a combination of both.
I can’t wait to try the half and half in my coffee, as well as the cream the next time I need some for a dessert. Hopefully the butter as well.
I’ve also purchased the yogurt, both whole and low fat and they are both absolutely amazing. Rich, creamy, and tangy — absolutely full of flavor. The low fat is a bit thinner, since no thickening agents are used. I like the whole milk yogurt for special occasions, dessert, or to use in place of sour cream, since it has an amazing smooth thickness. Although, we have been using the low fat as a sour cream substitute the past couple weeks and it works pretty well too.
The Straus website has loads of information on organic farming; energy conservation (most of the energy they use comes from the cow manure!); history of cows; how milk, butter, and ice cream are made, as well as information of the other family farms that sell their organic milk to Straus Creamery. Also, spring through fall dairy farm tours are available. I’ll keep you posted if I do a farm tour.
1105 Industrial Avenue, Suite #200
Petaluma, CA 94952