Posts Tagged ‘goat kefir’
by David Bice
Redwood Hill Farm has been a family farm for over 45 years. It began in 1968 when our parents, Cynthia and Kenneth Bice (with then seven kids), moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma County and bought their very first goat named “Flopsy”. As a family and later under the leadership of oldest sister, Jennifer Bice, we have been making our cultured yogurt, kefir and artisan cheese for our goat milk loving customers since the early 1970’s. We invite you on a journey to follow our fresh goat milk as it travels from our Certified Humane® goat farm in Sebastopol, CA, to your neighborhood store.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Bucheret Goat Cheese and Plain Goat Milk Kefir Win at 2014 American Cheese Society Competition
We are honored to announce that our Bucheret Goat Milk Cheese and our Plain Goat Milk Kefir won second place at this year’s prestigious American Cheese Society’s Judging and Competition in Sacramento. Bucheret placed second in the Goat’s Milk Cheese Aged 31-60 Days category and the Plain Goat Milk Kefir placed second in the “All Milks” Kefir, Drinkable Yogurt, Buttermilk and Other Drinkable Cultured Products category, amid nearly 1,700 entries from 248 companies in the overall competition.
Goat kefir and lemon cookies? Find yourself a goat cookie cutter, and make up a whole herd! These lovely cookies are made with our Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir. They are fun to decorate, and have a delicious buttery-lemon flavor.
Where does this goat farmer get his energy?
Managing a goat dairy requires long days and stamina to keep everything running smoothly. This means getting up before dawn and working all day – and, during spring “kidding season,” into the night as well, welcoming new baby kids into the world. Where does Farm Manager Scott Bice get all his energy?
His secret weapon is his “No Kidding Around” Chore-Time Energy Smoothie.” This special concoction, featuring our wholesome goat milk kefir and Scott’s own custom nutrient-rich add-ins, will energize you in the morning and sustain you through work or play.
We worked with Food Writer Dina Cheney to provide information for her “Culture Club” yogurt category spotlight feature story which appears in the spring 2014 issue of SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE.
You’ll find quotes from Redwood Hill Farm owner and CEO, Jennifer Bice, featured on pages 80 (on whole milk and natural yogurt with the fewest ingredients) and 82 (on probiotics going mainstream), and mention of both Redwood Hill Farm and our lactose-free brand Green Valley Organics, on page 81.
This in-depth, state-of-the-industry report provides many insights from the specialty yogurt industry including, fellow Northern California yogurt manufacturer Liam Callahan of Bellwether Farms.
Read the digital Issue HERE
Note: this blog post ran for the first time last fall. The farm was so beautiful, and this pumpkin pie recipe is so special, I’m sharing again for this Thanksgiving. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving feast with you and yours.
Thanksgiving is upon us…
and right on cue are blustery days, intense fall colors, and a sprinkling of rain showers to green up the fields on the farm. Recently on an extraordinarily fine day, I spent the afternoon with Jennifer and we made pie. Jennifer and I share a passion for cooking, along with Scott, David, Shelley and a few other siblings! As a large family growing up together on Redwood Hill Farm, cooking with fresh goat milk and seasonal produce from the garden each year became a natural part of our life. Now, some 45 years later, we all have favorite recipes when it comes to gathering for holiday meals and this pie is very special.
This lovely cake was adapted from a favorite cookbook of mine, The Heritage of Southern Cooking by Camille Glenn. It is a family heirloom cake of hers and we think it will become a favorite with your family too! The original recipe calls for chopped, cooked, pitted prunes but the spices in it begs for trying pineapple or even cooked, chopped peaches as an alternative. The fruit may vary in the amount of moisture it gives to the batter, so if the batter looks a little loose after adding the fruit of your choice, add a tablespoon or so of flour.
I am showing the cake here with a delicious goat cheese Cream Cheese Frosting which is a perfect complement. This recipe, along with the original recipes suggested frosting, Caramel Kefir, are both in our dessert section. Remember: Redwood Hill Farm plain goat milk kefir is a perfect substitute for buttermilk in any recipe! The original recipe states that this cake is delicious served without frosting if desired.
From award-winning goats comes award-winning goat milk kefir!
California’s Sonoma County has a long tradition of dairying and cheese making. That proud tradition recently honored North Bay cheese producers including Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery who took home awards from the 2013 American Cheese Society’s annual Judging & Competition in early August, with Redwood Hill Farm brought home the top prize in their division for the Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Kefir! This is not the first award for Redwood Hill’s delicious goat milk kefir, click here for a listing of recent awards.
The competition took place in Madison, WI during the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the appreciation and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses in the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to Madison, WI, for hosting a great American Cheese Society Conference!
For more information about the American Cheese Society, go to cheesesociety.org
Has your get up and go, got up and gone? Juice up your day with goat milk kefir and nourishing greens, bursting with energy to spare. We added a kiss of apple and a handful of strawberries for sweetness and recommend including a frozen banana for an extra creamy texture. Our Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir packs a punch of protein and has Flourish® – a proprietary blend of 10 live active probiotic cultures. Make enough to share as family and friends will be green with envy of your renewed vim and vigor.
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Who says holiday dishes can’t be healthy? By adding kefir and fibrous parsnips to traditional mashed potatoes your guests will enjoy up to a whopping 10 grams of fiber per serving without missing a beat. A tummy-taming pour of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir adds creaminess, a delightful tang and beneficial bacteria to boot. For a lactose free option use our Green Valley Organics kefir. Try our tempting add-ons to take this showstopper over the top.
Switch It Up, Switch It Out
We whipped up our Parsnip-Tater Mash with goat’s milk kefir because we love its creamy texture and rich tanginess. But if you’re out of Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Kefir or have a hankerin’ for cow’s milk products, our Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Kefir, Yogurt or Sour Cream make fine alternatives. Each adds an exceptional creaminess and nutty flavor without any lactose. Substitute the kefir and yogurt 1:1 and the sour cream 3/4 cup per every one cup of kefir. Substitute Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt 1:1 too!