Trends Foodies Need to Know … Now!

Whether you consider yourself to be a foodie, a master home chef or even a junk foodie (hey, no judgment here), the food world is moving at lightening speed … and you need to be in the know.

As you experiment in the kitchen and try a few new recipes, you’ll see that quality is so much better than quantity. Are we right? As an artisanal craft brand, we agree. Transparency is king!

The trend: Transparency

What it means: You want to know who makes your food, with what ingredients and how.

What to look for when shopping this trend:
1. People
We’re proud of the relationships we have with our family farms. When you spread our Amish Roll Butter over a slice of toast, you can rest assured that our team of farmers and butter artisans has worked to bring you their very best.

2. Ingredients
Butter is back! This prime ingredient is replacing cooking oil and artificial alternatives because it shouts ‘simplicity’. Make your recipes the way they were intended to be made – with real Amish Roll Butter.

3. Process 
Know where your dairy comes from. We take great pride in our humane treatment of animals. All of the family farms we rely on for our dairy employ these practices as well and share in our philosophy. Their cows are all pasture-raised and are given the opportunity to live and graze happily as cows. That’s what we call transparency!

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3 Reasons You’ll Want to Start Supporting Family Businesses

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Family Business Day is a holiday we hold near to our hearts, and it’s clear why. But what do you have to benefit from supporting a family business?

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This September 21st, take a closer look at local family businesses. We’re proud to be a 5th and 6th generation-owned dairy, and we’re even prouder to support local family farms. Here’s what you should know about family businesses before dropping our 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter into your basket at the grocery store:

1. We’re committed. Not only is Minerva Dairy a key piece of our family history, but it is also what shapes our family today … and what will continue to shape our family for generations to come. We’re here to make the cheese and butter artisans who have come before us proud, as well as establish a business our children are honored to be a part of.

2. We’re dedicated to quality. Generations of Minerva Dairy family members have worked to perfect each of our recipes, and why tinker with something as rich and flavorful as our signature Amish Roll Butter? Even our family farmers are committed to producing only the highest quality of pasture-raised It’s something we won’t compromise on!

3. We work to serve our community. We know that butter lines the shelves at your grocery store, but there’s only one company that does it right. (Excuse us while we toot our own horn!) When you pick up Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter, you’re getting the results of our labor of love.

We know that our butter will help to make your family recipes … and that makes us proud. It’s why we strive to make our butter better!

Make Family Dinner a Winner … Again!

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This September is Family Meals Month, and just in time because it’s also back-to-school!

If you thought the summer was busy – between the sleepovers, summer camps and spur-of-the-moment play dates – then the school year is bound to give the word “busy” a new meaning.

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When you feel like extra-curriculars are dominating your time, pour some love and attention into the family dinner. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be! Get your kiddos to the table and trust us, just 30 minutes to a sit-down meal with your family will help you to:

1. Slow down
2. Recharge
3. Live mindfully
4. Give you the energy to tackle the full week ahead

From Prosciutto & Fig Panini’s to Jerk Orange Roughy Flatbread to Grilled Boneless Pork Chops with Pears, we’re making the family dinner a winner again. Our recipes are created by family, for family. Meet you at the dinner table!

Cheddar Brats
Ingredients
4 ounces Minerva Dairy Smoked Butter
1 pack cheddar bratwurst
3 Vidalia onions (sliced)
2 poblano peppers (seeded and sliced)
3 cans of Yuengling Lager
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions
In an aluminum tray, place Minerva Dairy Smoked Butter, sliced onions and peppers and beer. Place on lower heat side of the grill and stir as needed.

Grill cheddar brats just until the casing becomes charred. Place in the aluminum tray on the other side of the grill to marinate. Cook for 20 minutes. Serve with plenty of the onions, peppers and your favorite mustard on a good sausage roll.

Playing with Our Food: Mastering the Croissant

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If homemade dough leaves you reeling. If lengthy prep times have you rolling your eyes. If classically French recipes scare you altogether, we’ve pulled together three all-star baking tips for croissants that are sure to impress your family.

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Tip #1: Never skimp on the butter. We recommend using … wait for it … 84 percent butterfat! This is our wheelhouse, so rely on our butter artisans’ craftsmanship and your croissants will be as flaky and tender as ever.

Tip #2: Try making your croissants on a cool day in a room hovering below 68° F. This will help your butter and dough to stay cold, which makes for flaky layers.

Tip #3: Breathe. Take it easy. Have fun! Your croissants may not be award worthy on your first attempt. Just enjoy the ride and relish the first batch out of the oven! You might even want to involve your kids for some quality kitchen time.

Classic Croissants
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated to warm (105°F–110°F)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. plus 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (from two 1/4-oz packages)
3 3/4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. kosher sal
1 1/2 cups cold Minerva Dairy Amish Quarter Stick Butter

Directions
Dough:

Stir together warm milk, brown sugar and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer and let stand for about 5 minutes until foamy. Add 3 3/4 cups flour and salt, and mix with dough hook at low speed for about 7 minutes until dough is smooth and very soft. Transfer dough to a work surface and knead by hand for 2 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, a little at a time, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough. Form dough into a roughly 1 1/2-inch-thick rectangle and chill, wrapped in plastic wrap for about 1 hour until cold.

Butter:
After dough has chilled, arrange sticks of butter horizontally, their sides touching, on a work surface. Pound butter with a rolling pin to soften slightly. It should be malleable but still cold. Scrape butter into a block and put on a kitchen towel, then cover with other towel. Pound and roll out on both sides until butter forms a uniform 8- by 5-inch rectangle. Chill, wrapped in towels, while rolling out dough.

Prepare dough:
Unwrap dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface, dusting with flour as necessary and lifting and stretching dough into a 16 by 10-inch rectangle. Arrange dough with a short side nearest you. Put butter in center of dough so that long sides of butter are parallel to short sides of dough. Fold into thirds. Brush off excess flour with pastry brush.

Roll out dough:
Turn dough so a short side is nearest you, then flatten dough slightly by pressing down horizontally with rolling pin across dough at regular intervals, making uniform impressions. Roll out dough into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle, rolling just to but not over ends. Brush off any excess flour. Fold in thirds like a letter, as above, stretching corners to square off dough, forming a 10 by 5-inch rectangle. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap for 1 hour. Repeat three additional times to make a total of four folds. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours but no more than 18.

Shape croissants:
Holding short side (side opposite tip) of 1 triangle in one hand, stretch dough, tugging and sliding with other hand toward tip to elongate by about 50 percent. Return to work surface with short side of triangle nearest you. Beginning with short side, roll up triangle toward tip. Croissant should overlap 3 times, with tip sticking out from underneath; you may need to stretch dough while rolling.) Put croissant tip side down on a parchment-lined large baking sheet. (Curve ends inward to make a crescent shape if desired.) Make more croissants with remaining 5 triangles, then with remaining rolled-out dough, arranging them 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Repeat rolling, cutting, and shaping procedures with chilled piece of dough.

Let croissants rise:
Slide each baking sheet into a garbage bag, propping up top of bag with inverted glasses to keep it from touching croissants, and tuck open end under baking sheet. Let croissants rise until slightly puffy and spongy to the touch, 2 to 2‚ hours.

Bake croissants:
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 425°F. Remove baking sheets from bags. Spritz inside oven generously with spray bottle and close door. Put croissants in oven, then spritz again before closing door. Reduce temperature to 400°F and bake 10 minutes without opening door. Switch position of sheets in oven and rotate sheets 180°, then reduce temperature to 375°F and bake until croissants are deep golden, about 10 minutes more.

What is Amish Roll Butter Anyway?

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Contrary to popular belief, the name of our Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter doesn’t derive from the people who do the churning. Curious? Here’s the scoop …

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The Minerva Dairy Family began making butter in 1894 using a small 100-gallon wooden churn, producing about 400 pounds of butter each batch. This method of small-batch, slow churn butter was sold in bulk pieces of miscellaneous sizes, but with World War II came the need to start rationing.

Why Hand Rolled?

To meet the nation’s rationing policy of two-pound butter allotments, we needed a more consistent method of measurement. By adopting the hand rolling technique used by a local Amish dairy farm, we were able to form rolls of butter with exacting measurements.

Get Real with Real Butter

And today, while our 84 percent butterfat butter doesn’t involve the Amish, we still make our butter using milk from pasture-raised cows raised on family farms. More than 70 years later, we’re proud to continue the tradition of small batch, slow churned, hand rolled butter.

Amish Butter is a category all its own just like Commodity Butter and European Butter. Today, you can look for it in the convenience of rolls and quarter sticks as well!

Fast Facts:

• Commodity Butter is made with 80% butterfat and is mass produced.

• European Butter is made with 82% butterfat and is mass produced in both Europe and the U.S.

• Amish Butter is made with 84% butterfat, is made using artisanal methods and is slow churned in small batches for superior texture and flavor.

Authenticity In All We Do

From our pasture-raised dairy to our slow churn process to our unique wax-paper packaging, you know you’re getting true Amish Roll Butter. The name Minerva Dairy is synonymous with authenticity, and if that doesn’t convince you to give it a try, here are four reasons to commit to higher butterfat.

Try one recipe using Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter and you’ll know there’s no better way to go! Shop it now.

For the love of butter!

One of the things we love the most about working with the media is hearing about how they’re using our products in their own kitchens and talking about our love of butter, overall. We thought we’d share a few of our recent favorites with you. Enjoy!

Celebrate butter during dairy month: Minerva Dairy

6/28/2016

Examiner.com“Celebrating butter is something that many chefs find joy in every day. Butter is a staple in their kitchens as well as many home cooks. The creamy texture from churning and the simple food product that it is makes many dishes taste incredible. This author, also known as the Jackson Cooking Examiner, has recently been introduced to a new butter called, “Amish Butter Roll” from the Minerva Dairy.”

Read the full review here


Butter innovations churning retail sales

6/14/2016

Food Business News“Butter is back as a growing number of consumers turn their backs to foods perceived as artificial, such as vegetable oil-based margarine. Fresh from the farm, and churned the same way for generations, butter’s comeback may be attributed to its simplicity and its deliciousness.”

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Butter making traditions span six generations at Minerva Dairy

6/08/2016

Farm and Dairy“By age 18, they say they won’t come back to work at the family business. But in every generation, that’s exactly what members of the Minerva Dairy family do. Phil Mueller, 4th generation, says he started at the bottom at age 12. He made his first vat of cheese at age 14. At 28, he was handed the reins when his father passed away. “Each generation is the caretaker to the next generation. So far it’s worked,” Phil said.”

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4 reasons to commit to higher butterfat

While there may be plenty of butter at your grocery store, with a new variety seeming to arrive every week, we’re here to tell you: the first label you need to check out is the butterfat!

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Your family recipes, culinary favorites and neighborhood potlucks deserve the best. Just like you, we value quality, which is why we won’t settle for anything less than 84% butterfat.

Why? There are 4 big reasons you should commit to butter with high butterfat content.

1. Flavor
Ideal for cooking and baking, there’s no denying it. Real butter enriches every dish it touches. Whether you’re spreading a slab of Amish Roll Butter across a slice of toast or including it in your recipe for the world’s best Chocolate Chip Cookies, taste matters! Doesn’t that “world’s best” recipe deserve it?

2. Texture 
By slow churning our butter in small batches, we can ensure that it gets delivered to you with a texture so creamy, you’ll be tempted to use it in every recipe. (Hey, we won’t blame you!) It’s smooth and thick because rather than rely on high-speed pumps that shear the fat and trap air, we use a careful, time-tested process. Our butter artisans do everything they can to create the Minerva Dairy 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter you know and love.

3. Color 
When the cows eat fresh, pasture grass, their milk contains more beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant. Beta-carotene is the same pigment that gives carrots and pumpkins their beautiful orange hues. Hence, the bright yellow color of our 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter.

4. Health 
Choosing between 84% butterfat and commodity butter, flavor and texture may be most apparent, but the bonus health benefits shouldn’t take a backseat!

Butter is better from Minerva Dairy

By relying on dairy from pasture raised cows not treated with rBST or hormones, our butter is a great way to boost your diet with healthy fats and oils. In some cases, grass-fed cows can still live their lives in confined spaces. We prefer to pasture raise ours, ensuring Minerva Dairy cows are humanely treated and fed a GMO free grain ration in addition to forages that completely nourish them.

This means even healthier dairy! Essential fatty acids can increase your longevity, help to balance hormones, increase heart health, sharpen vision and promote healthy skin. Look at those bonuses! Let’s get cooking!

3 Foolproof Tips for a Perfect Dinner Party

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Time and time again, it has proven to hold true: food brings people together! You can see it happen at family gatherings. It happens during Girls’ Night In. It happens at birthday parties and graduation celebrations.

Why not host a dinner party that brings together the people you love most under one roof? By following our three most important tips for hosting an incredible get-together, you can create an event your friends and family will be buzzing about all year (courtesy of Minerva Dairy)!

1. Give them something to talk about.
Remember when we said food brings people together? Well, throwing together a few handheld appetizers is the perfect way to make your guests comfortable, get them talking and ease them into the party before everyone has to sit down at the table.

Something like Mushroom Soup from Venae’s Kitchen served in shot-like glasses is small enough that everyone can mingle, mosey around the room and keep their appetites at bay before the entrèe.

2. Set the mood.
Don’t underestimate just how important it is to set the mood. As soon as guests walk into your home, they’re hoping to leave their cares outside for just a while. Help them to do so with a light and bright space and some carefree tunes. When choosing the perfect playlist, select tunes that are upbeat but not so energetic that they make everyone antsy.

Pro Tip: Take your playlist a step further and consider how you want the night to evolve. Think about gradually incorporating softer songs into the mix later into the night as guests begin to wind down and head home.

3. Go simple.
While hosting dinner for a group of people can seem daunting, it can actually be quite enjoyable! Don’t get wrapped up in the idea of the elusive “perfect dinner party.” Here’s a secret: It doesn’t exist! What makes a dinner party memorable is the company, conversation and laughter.

So, when choosing a menu, be sure to load it with recipes that you can prepare the night before or whip up quickly right before your party. This takes the pressure off of your mastery in the kitchen and lets you relax and chat the night away with your guests in between trips to the drink table to freshen up your cocktail!

Pro Tip: Dessert is one of the simplest parts of the meal to preprepare. Recipes like our Banana Split Pie are simple to make a day prior to your party and it’ll taste just as delicious when it gets plated!

Minerva Dairy Words from the Heart

Five generations deep into Minerva Dairy, it’s safe to say that this is a tight-knit family business. Not only have the details of our meticulous butter and cheese making process been passed down from artisan to artisan, but so too have the pieces of wisdom that can only be realized from decades in the business.

These bites of knowledge are not written in an all-inclusive butter and cheese handbook. Rather, they are ingrained in our memories in the best possible way, weaving their way into everything we do and becoming a part of the fabric of our day-to-day lives at the Dairy.

From us to you, here are a few pieces of wisdom that you can take to heart, whether you’re a butter and cheese artisan or not!

A cheerful heart is good medicine.
Everything done in business is worth being done with a smile and kind word. The first time this message was passed along to Venae, fifth generation family member, it was written on a sticky note and stuck to a picture of Jesus that was placed on the front drawer of her mother’s desk. Asking her why she kept the worn out picture and sticky note, Venae’s mother replied, “This is a reminder of how to live my life everyday. A kind word and a smile go a long way.”

Venae watched her mother negotiate with vendors, guide employees to do better and act as a fair, strong and kind mother figure. Now, on the days work feels like a challenge, Venae knows she can emulate the qualities she admired in her mother.

Fix the barn before you fix the house.
On a sunny spring day when Venae was in her early twenties, she and her mother took a walk, during which Venae expressed her hopes to make cosmetic improvements to the office, store and other areas of the business. After patiently listening to her aspirations, Venae’s mother looked at her and told her to fix the barn before she fixed the house.

Her reasoning was that the house can not survive without the barn, but the barn will survive without the house. Twenty years later, the office at Minerva Dairy still has the original wood paneling from when it was originally installed, but the equipment in the factory is innovative and the best equipment available in our industry. This ensures that we can keep the Minerva Dairy promise of quality and authenticity to our consumers.

At the end of the day, the cosmetic changes that could be done around the office come second to maintaining Minerva Dairy’s mission and values.

5th Generation Dairy Introduces Innovative Flavor Infused Amish Roll Butter

Minerva Dairy Expands Signature Line of Amish Roll Butter to Include Smoked and Seasonal Varieties

Minerva Dairy, America’s oldest family-owned cheese and butter dairy, is proud to announce the launch of a new line of flavor infused butters. The line will feature Minerva Dairy’s acclaimed Amish Roll Butter in such varieties as Maplewood Smoked, Garlic Herb, Pumpkin Spice and Maple Syrup Amish Roll Butter at an SRP of $6.99 for 8 oz. This innovative product will allow consumers to elevate their home cooking with the help of the expertly crafted butter for which Minerva Dairy is known. With 84% milk fat from local, pasture-raised cows, each hand-wrapped roll butter will be available nationwide May 2016.

Minerva Dairy’s newest line of flavor infused roll butter, including Maplewood Smoked, Garlic Herb, Pumpkin Spice and Maple Syrup, gives consumers the opportunity to experience Amish Roll Butter in an innovative way. The Maplewood Smoked variety provides home chefs with a simple way to infuse their favorite recipes with a culinary butter like none other. The new Garlic Herb roll butter carries the distinct flavor of garlic and fresh spices, the Pumpkin Spice roll butter contains the essence of autumnal spices and the Maple Syrup roll butter features deep notes of maple syrup just tapped from the sapling.

Honoring the time-tested process that gives Amish Roll Butter its rich flavor and supreme quality, each new butter variety will continue to hold the high standards that define Minerva Dairy’s current products. All new varieties will be small-batched churned, rBST free, antibiotic-free, vegetarian and gluten free with 84% butterfat.

“We’re proud to expand our Amish Roll Butter line to offer these new varieties. As a fifth generation-owned and run business, excellence marks all that we do, from our traditional products to the innovative,” shares Adam Mueller, CEO at Minerva Dairy and fifth generation family member. “The tradition of quality that has made Minerva Dairy a leader is evident in all we do, and our newest line of flavor infused Amish Roll Butter is no exception.”

Each product produced at Minerva Dairy is defined by attention to detail. From the ingredients to the production process and from the taste to the texture, supreme quality sets the fifth generation-run company apart. The Amish Roll Butter reflects the company’s passion for bringing consumers the very best dairy available from healthy, grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. Unlike the Maplewood Smoked roll butter, which is best utilized in recipes to add depth, the Garlic Herb, Pumpkin Spice and Maple Syrup roll butter can be enjoyed simply – such as atop a fresh roll or slice of toast. Now, consumers can take advantage of Minerva Dairy’s superior product in a way that inspires excellence in however they choose to enjoy it.

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