"Mom! Is that butter?!"
Was the call from my eight year old son this morning. I had just offered him a graham cracker that was covered with what we call "Nature's frosting": butter. Organic butter, that is...a good half inch high. Why did he question whether it was butter, you ask? Ah, the tale I will tell! Can anyone guess?
The COLOR. The color of the butter was very light yellow to almost white. The color my son is used to seeing is YELLOW. Is this significant? YES. The color of the butter will let you know that the cows ate GRASS. We KNOW that what cows eat is highly significant: to the cows, the Earth, and our bodies.
What is very interesting to me (and should be to you also) is that the butter was ORGANIC. This is significant also... It tells you that even though butter may be organic, it in no way means it comes from grass-fed or pastured cows. (It does currently guarantee that the grains the cows are fed are organic-- which will guard you from the GMO-laden feeds used in conventional dairies. ) Why should you care?
Folks all over the country are starting to wake up to preferring grass-fed or "pastured" dairy products including butter, milk, cream and cheese. Grass-fed or pastured dairy is nutritionally superior to dairy that comes from grain-fed operations. And not only that, but it also comes from cows that are raised on pasture, as Nature intended them to be... Not in the confinement feeding operations (CAFOs, confined animal feeding operations) that became so popular in this country in the eighties.
So in this case, "the eyes have it": rich, yellow butter IS better. And use it liberally, folks. Nature's frosting.