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Got milk.

2011 January 6
by Justine

I’m not really a milk drinker, but I do include dairy in my cooking. Thus, having a good dairy source is essential. Luckily, I live in Washington State, one of the leading dairy producers in the country. According to the Dairy Farmers of Washington, Washington ranks 10th in total milk production among the 50 United States (2009). So, I have no excuse not to seek out a source with happy cows.

However, along with my idealistic dreams, the source must also be practical. Here’s who I’ve been giving my business lately: Twin Brook Creamery.

This farm of happy cows is located in Lynden, Washington, just a hop, skip, and jump from where I grew up. While not certified organic, there are no added hormones to this milk. Nor is it homogenized, which means the cream floats at the top. One of my favorite features though: old-fashioned glass bottles. No BPA, almost no waste, and only a small fully-refundable deposit. Oh, and did I mention, it’s sold in two grocery stores I shop at frequently: Ballard Market and Metropolitan market.

I do notice the expiration date is shorter on this milk. As far as I’m concerned though, that’s a good thing. I’d rather know my milk is fresh and preservative free, rather than having a Twinkie shelf-life.

How about a little video showing the farm and their production process? Well, thank you Youtube! Here they are making (the most delicious!) chocolate milk.

Twin Brook Creamery

The egg nog is to die for as well, so I look forward to November!

All this talk about milk has me craving some creamy rice pudding. That’s definitely going on the dessert menu for this evening. If you’d like to do the same, here is a delicious recipe I’ve been using, thanks to Elise Bauer:

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