Monday, August 14, 2006

Dairy Question

My Ralphs butter lists the ingredients thusly:

CREAM, SALT, COLOR
ADDED SEASONALLY
What does that mean?

1. The butter's natural color varies from season to season, so they color it for consistency,
2. The butter's natural color is steady, but they color it due to consumer demand for yellower butter at different times of the year,
3. The color is added to "season" the butter, or
4. Something else entirely?

Follow-up question: Why?

4 Comments:

At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 9:57:00 AM PDT, Anonymous doafy said...

I would guess #1, I can't imagine thinking, "Hm, it's winter now, time for really yellow butter!"

 
At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 11:46:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

I figure it's gotta be #1, too, but I've never known milk to come in different colors in different seasons. You'd think pasteurization would take care of that.

 
At Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 4:38:00 PM PDT, Anonymous clynne said...

Butter is a different color in the wintertime -- paler, I think.

I learned this reading Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her mom would color the butter with carrot juice.

 
At Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 1:41:00 AM PDT, Anonymous arifa said...

it makes sense for milk to be different colors at different times of the year when cows are not on feedlots and are out at pasture. i'm not sure why there would be a difference on industrial farms where they eat the same thing every day. i do agree that it's probably still #1.

 

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