In November we were invited to take a tour of my favorite creamery, Straus Family Creamery near Pedaluma. Although we didn’t get to see any actual cows, the pasture was too wet, we did get to observe a family-run business and try some of their tasty experimental ice cream flavors!
I was particularly excited as I have been using Straus cream in my truffles since I started my business. It really does make a difference in the taste and texture of the ganache. Most people I talk with know of the Creamery’s ethical reputation and rich history but I’m always willing to educate them if not.
I’m very fortunate to live in a place where I have easy access to such a quality product made by artisans.
Interestingly, I often get questions about the glass bottles. Certainly an unique feature, it also serves a practical function. Glass is inert and produces no off flavors, not to mention that it recyclable and reusable. I pay a $1.50 deposit on each bottle that is refunded when I return the bottles. I’m usually buying more cream at the same time so the deposit is in constant rotation.
Please take a look at some of my pictures of our creamery tour.
Vintage glass milk bottles lined the conference room where we were greeted by Rich Martin, VP of Sales and Marketing, AKA our tour guide.
We were provided with clean suits, which included baby-blue booties.
Wendy from Socola Chocolates adorning the fashion of the tour.
Bird’s eye view of the surprisingly small facility.
Many metal pipes crossing every which way above our heads. These two taking raw milk from pasture to bottle.
Line ‘em up and ship ‘em out!
Each bottle is inspected before leaving the building.
Pasteurized not homogenized so the cream floats to the top. Made the old-fashioned way in small batches.
We got to see plain, vanilla and maple flavored yogurt in the process of heating and cooling. So tempting to stick a finger in the cratered surface!
Only four yogurts across being filmed at one time.
Amazing to see the yogurt go from the vats to the containers.
Only one guy filling the ice cream containers.
Today it was the Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Flanking Albert Straus in front of the two-story high signature red Straus milk crates. We proudly display our canvas goodie-bags.