At Ethos we make our own butter, a simple process although it involves a little bit of time and know-how. Butter is traditionally made by hand in a wooden churn and we try to replicate this process with the technology at hand. We choose to make our own butter to ensure a quality and ethical product….. and it just tastes better.
One of the most important consideration is the quality of the cream you use, best quality and (of course) local are a must! Essentially, it is a process of churning/whisking the cream in order to agitate the fat polymers into splitting. This will result in two products, butter and buttermilk (see below).
The butter gets its golden colour from carotene found in grass (it is the substance that makes carrots orange), which is not digested in cows stomachs. In a nutshell, the healthier the grass, the healthier the cow and the healthier the milk, the more golden and delicious your butter will be!
Both products are used readily in the Ethos kitchen, primarily though, to serve the best way we know how, with some freshly baked sourdough (stay tuned for our next instalment featuring the ethos sourdough ands its 6year old starter!)