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    Has anyone else noticed that Organic Valley is now putting "Pastured-Raised" quite prominently on its cream and half & half pints and half-pints?

    Anyone know if anything has actually changed in their dairy production? I like Heavy Whip for my coffee and tea, but getting it at the farmer's market, especially in winter, is just difficult! Hoping that this is a pretty good alternative. Thanks!

  • #2
    Yes I have...just a few days ago. I got mine from Sprouts and it was next to the regular OV heavy whipping cream. Not sure about changes in dairy production though.

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    • #3
      Regardless of whether it is "pasture-raised" or not, the only Organic Valley whipping cream I can find at the store is Ultra-Pasturized. You used to be able to buy regularly pasturized OV cream but I have not seen it for a long time. I would not buy any Ultra-Pasturized dairy product. Such processing alters proteins and oxidizes fats.
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      • #4
        I used to have a cow-share to get raw milk through an organic 100% grass-fed dairy here. OV bought leftover milk from them, but stopped after the owners wouldn't stop selling raw milk through cow shares. So I know that, at least in the past, they've tried to buy grass-fed milk from farmers. But I'm not sure about now. And that was really crappy of them to basically tell them they wouldn't take their milk if they were going to have cow shares. Still, they're one of the better guys out there if I had to guess.

        I think the OV cream around here comes in both ultra-pasteurized and standard pasteurized. Yep, on their website, they have both listed. Maybe you can find the standard pasteurized somewhere??

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        • #5
          It has become virtually impossible to find heavy cream in regular grocery stores that isn't ultra-pasteurized. One store carried products from a local dairy that doesn't ultra-pasteurize, but it must've not sold well, because they have discontinued it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sunflower View Post
            Regardless of whether it is "pasture-raised" or not, the only Organic Valley whipping cream I can find at the store is Ultra-Pasturized. You used to be able to buy regularly pasturized OV cream but I have not seen it for a long time. I would not buy any Ultra-Pasturized dairy product. Such processing alters proteins and oxidizes fats.
            +1

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            • #7
              I stopped buying all NV products to send a message (not that it will be heard) that pseudo healthfoods do not belong in a real healthfood store. Their sour cream is a masquerade. Their cream is ultra-pasturized. Their stuff might start with decent ingredients but the end product is the same processed crap you can get at Vons.
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              • #8
                organic valley has always scored high on cornucopia's dairy scorecard. it's a shame that it's UHT, but as others have pointed out, that's pretty ubiquitous. when it's available, i buy kalona products (formerly Farmer's Natural), which are vat pasteurized. i was also bummed by finding corn starch and skim milk in OV's regular sour cream.
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                • #9
                  Trader Joes has no added crap and is not ultra pasteurized. They have two varieties, organic and regular. I complained to Horizon about their crappy low fat milk about 10 years ago since it had added milk solids and was told individual states set laws and limits. I used to buy OV but now it has been reformulated for Calif. Complain to your elected officials and keep in mind, in California, the average of our elected congressmen and senators is about 67. Not that you cannot have a brain at that age ... But these folks are dyed in the wool career politicians who exist only to keep the dairy, meat, and grain lobbyists happy.

                  Vote with your money but don't forget the voting booth also.

                  I usually avoid making nutrition political on this site but politicians have determined what we eat going all the way back to that crackpot McGovern.

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                  • #10
                    It was hard to find, but I get this, located in Fresno and sold in a couple of outlets in my city:
                    ORGANIC PASTURES FRESH RAW DAIRY
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      They also deliver. I buy their stuff at Lunardis or Sprouts or Draegers. If you join nor cal Weston price local chapter you get updates and info on who to contact in state govt.

                      Sorry typoific on phone ATM.

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                      • #12
                        I can see why dairies ultrapasteurize their cream. Heavy cream sours FAST, within a week of when I get it home (maybe 10 days from the cow). People don't chug the stuff because it's "high in fat," so it takes a few weeks to use it up. There are just not enough primal snob customers to make it worth the farmer's effort to package cream in smaller amounts, or deliver twice as often.

                        (And yes, WE ARE SNOBS as much as any foodie snob or wine snob.)

                        That said, in the MD/PA area there is Trickling Springs Creamery, for folks who want to look it up.
                        Localharvest.org is pretty good too.
                        Organic Valley's website has a feature where they list which farmers provide milk for which area, but I'm not sure how accurate that is.
                        On a side note, heavy cream does freeze. You really have to shake it or mix it when it thaws, but it tastes fine.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by oxide View Post
                          I can see why dairies ultrapasteurize their cream. Heavy cream sours FAST, within a week of when I get it home (maybe 10 days from the cow). People don't chug the stuff because it's "high in fat," so it takes a few weeks to use it up. There are just not enough primal snob customers to make it worth the farmer's effort to package cream in smaller amounts, or deliver twice as often.

                          (And yes, WE ARE SNOBS as much as any foodie snob or wine snob.)

                          That said, in the MD/PA area there is Trickling Springs Creamery, for folks who want to look it up.
                          Localharvest.org is pretty good too.
                          Organic Valley's website has a feature where they list which farmers provide milk for which area, but I'm not sure how accurate that is.
                          On a side note, heavy cream does freeze. You really have to shake it or mix it when it thaws, but it tastes fine.
                          I buy Trickling Springs milk and cream from a farm store in Elkton - their cheeses are really good too. Occasionally I would run out of cream and I'd go to Food Lion who carried milk from Lewes Dairy(Lewes, DE), who doesn't ultra-pasteurize, unfortunately FL stopped carrying their products. We don't have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's close enough to shop at. The Farmer's Market in Middletown DE also carries Trickling Springs.

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                          • #14
                            There's a brand (can't recall the name) that I've bought at Whole Foods that is pasteurized at 155 degrees (if I recall the label correctly). It was very good, but unfortunately comes in nothing smaller than a quart. I don't use cream often enough to use up that much before it would go sour.

                            Edit: actually, here's the brand.
                            LastBottleWines

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                            • #15
                              The Organic Valley Heavy Whip I am buying at TJ's and Whole Foods has no added ingredients and appears NOT to be ultra-pasteurized, which I think wasn't the case before, at least not at Trader Joe's. Maybe OV is trying to claim the market out there for the less tinkered with stuff. It's seeming to last long for me, but I also use it up fairly quickly... I do love heavy cream... yum.

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