On this eve of Thanksgiving we have been pondering a failed attempt to find real cream at the local supermarket. Well--- Foodie held a small carton of something labeled whipping cream but when she scanned the list of ingredients "cream" was not high among them. The "food gum," carrageenan, a seaweedish item once only from Ireland but evidently now more likely to come from the Philippines or Chile, was on the list--along with gelatin and diclycerides and so on. Stabilizers and emulsifiers rule in mass produced cream and other milk products. Foodie showed the carton listing to the guy refilling the dairy case, asking if there were any organic creams available. ( No.) He shook his head as he read the ingredients--"Nothing's simple anymore, is it?"
The California company Straus Family Creamery sells its sublime yogurt in a few places in New Mexico, but not its cream--their website describes their whipping cream this way: " Close in flavor to the cream bottled by small dairies in Europe, our cream is pure and simple with NO EMULSIFIERS OR STABILIZERS and NOT ULTRAPASTEURIZED and that's a difference you can taste. 35% Butterfat. "
Of course the yogurt ships well, the milk and cream does not. Buying cream locally makes sense--no emulsifiers needed! But from whom? Bread, apples, goat's cheese and other cheeses, eggs and many veggies ( in season,) are available locally. Foodie vows to look harder for a cream source.
We wish you all a pure and simple Thanksgiving.