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Has anyone had any problems freezing Organic Valley's pastured butter? I have an opportunity to get a good deal on some and I'm trying to decide whether to get it. I'd need to buy a bunch of it and freeze it.

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I've frozen all kinds of butter, and it's always been fine.
Can't tell the difference once it's thawed!

I just got OV Pasture Butter for the first time recently, and I was disappointed to see that it's no more yellow than any other butter I've bought. Don't know if that's the only marker to figure whether it's really better than average organic butter...

Makes me all the more thankful that my local farmer is milking again and I can go back to making my own raw, bright-yellow butter!

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Julie, are you talking about the stuff from Azure? We got it last time and froze it. Of course, we didn't need to as we have gone through over half of it in just over a week Anyhow, it freezes great. I will agree that it's a bit of a bummer that it isn't super yellow, but I expect as the season progresses the butter will become more yellow. The taste is amazing though, for sure!
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I freeze it constantly, its great. nak
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Does anyone know if OVs cows are mostly pastured or completely pastured? Are they given any grain supplements? I'd love to get some of this butter if it's 100% grass-fed.

Does anyone know of 100% grass-fed brands of butter?

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Since OV sells a pastured butter as opposed to their regular butter, I don't think all their cows are pastured. Their regular milk products are probably not 100% pastured.

Kerrygold is supposed to be 100% grass fed. You can read about it on their site. It is highly recommended in the WAPF buying guide.

Natural by Nature, made in PA, is also supposed to be grass fed. It's not as readily available in stores as Kerrygold, but I like it since it's more local.

I don't know of any other brands of grass fed dairy. I get most of my dairy raw from local farm sources.
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From what I know of OV farmers their practices run the gamut. Pretty much all you can be sure of with them is that they are USDA Organic - much more a letter of the law thing as a whole than the spirit of the law. That's not to say that individual farmers might be different, but you just can assume that for the bunch. Just like any other farmer putting out any other large scale product I guess.
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Julie, are you talking about the stuff from Azure? We got it last time and froze it. Of course, we didn't need to as we have gone through over half of it in just over a week Anyhow, it freezes great. I will agree that it's a bit of a bummer that it isn't super yellow, but I expect as the season progresses the butter will become more yellow. The taste is amazing though, for sure!
Yeah, they have a decent deal and I was thinking about getting a case. Honestly I'm trying decide whether it's worth the cost.

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I've frozen all kinds of butter w/ no problems. I put the original package into ziplock bags.

I buy Pastureland butter at our local store. http://www.pastureland.coop/ It's very yellow. They only make butter in the spring & summer when the grass is green.

Even if the cows are 100% pastured, the butter will be less yellow in fall & winter. Many Organic Valley farms are here in WI and they get fermented grass in winter, so the butter is less yellow even though it's still 100% grass-fed. Most Organic Valley farmers try to maximize the pasture time for the animals and only use feed as a last-resort. They've selected their 100% pasture farms for their new grass-fed butter.
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I used to buy OV Cultured butter because I though the cultured aspect was redeeming, but now I get Kerrygold because it is 100% pastured AND cultured. It's also a little cheaper (I pay $2.69 for 8oz at TJ), and the flavor is better. I would try the OV pastured butter...but since it sounds like it costs more than Kerrygold I don't know if it would be worth it.

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