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Product Talk: Home-grown milk


When I say that Food Club milk, produced right in Brookshire’s hometown of Tyler, Texas, is some of the best you can buy, I’m not just bragging.

I’m talking about the awards it has won – most recently, at the dairy products championship at the World Dairy Expo, in Madison, Wisconsin, a kind of Super Bowl for milks, dips, yogurts and cheeses. There, we competed against some of the biggest producers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, and took third place for our 1 percent milk. (And we placed even higher with our blueberry yogurt, sour cream, and sour cream ranch dip, all starting with our great milk – but that’s a story for another day.)

And I’m also talking about the high standards we hold for every drop of milk that comes through our plant.

It starts with our suppliers. We work with a dairy cooperative that provides our plant with farm-produced milk, most of it from the dairy farming areas around Texas. Because of our relationship with these dairies, some of them small family operations, we receive only the highest-quality milk they produce.

We test all of our milk before it arrives in our plant, to weed out any that contains several different antibiotics or high microbial counts, which would indicate unhealthy cows or unsanitary procedures on the farm, among other things. We want our milk to be natural and healthy, so we don’t accept milk that shows traces of these substances.

Once it arrives at our plant, we process it using our state-of-the-art technology. Then we rush it on to our stores so you get it at the peak of freshness. And because we keep the whole process in-house, we are able to offer our Food Club milk at a value-conscious price.

But don’t just take my word for it – or even the word of those judges at the World Dairy Expo. Our Food Club milk comes in comes in fat-free, 1%, 2% and whole milk, as well as chocolate milk, buttermilk and Bulgarian buttermilk. (Those last two are terrific for baking.) Pick up the variety your family drinks and give it your own taste test.

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Product talk: Eggnog: A BGC tradition


Nobody’s really sure who invented eggnog. The holiday tradition is usually credited to the English, but some food historians seem to think it’s just a modernized version of a milk-based toddy that has been enjoyed in the winter since the Middle Ages.

What I do know is this: We make some pretty fine eggnog right here at Brookshire’s.

Our Food Club eggnog, made locally, is now in stores, carrying on a tradition that has now been going on for nearly 20 years.

The recipe for our rich, fragrant eggnog was developed in 1992 in our own BGC Dairy. It uses a secret blend of spices and vanilla, and fresh whole milk that comes to us from family dairy farmers in the nearby countryside.

And it’s part of an even bigger dairy tradition that dates back to 1927, when the first working dairy was founded on the site of the current BGC plant in Tyler, Texas.  The dairy changed hands several times before Brookshire’s purchased it in 1990 in order to bring its own fresh milk products to customers.

We’re proud of our dairy’s strong history of quality. In spring 2005 the dairy became the first dairy in Texas certified to process organic milk. And we’ve won the All Star Dairy Association’s “Best Fluid Plant” Award the last 5 out of 7 years.

At the dairy, we gear up to make eggnog just in the fall, in time for all those holiday parties. It’s available by the quart, perfect for enjoying yourself, or the half-gallon, enough for the whole family or special holiday parties. Dust it with ground cinnamon or nutmeg, top it with real whipped cream, or even spike it with a little brandy or rum, if you are so inclined.

Just make sure you enjoy it while you can; at the end of the holidays, it will disappear again from our stores, not to return until the 2012 winter holiday season.



Product Talk: Yogurt the Greek way


Greek-style yogurt has really exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, as more brands have hit the market and popular U.S. yogurt makers like Dannon and Yoplait have started making it, too. So what’s the big deal? It’s just yogurt, right? 

Well, yes and no. Like the standard American-style yogurt you probably already eat,  Greek yogurt is a fermented milk-based product. Both types are good sources of probiotics, healthy bacteria which is thought to help the digestive system. 

But Greek yogurt is thicker, creamier, and richer-tasting than most other forms of yogurt, and it can be healthier for you too. 

Greek yogurt is traditionally made by straining regular yogurt. This allows whey and liquid to filter out of the yogurt. So, Greek-style yogurt is not just creamier, it’s also more concentrated than traditional yogurts you may be used to eating. 

Partially because it’s more concentrated, Greek-style yogurts have about two times as much protein as regular yogurt. Some varieties have as much as 20 grams of protein per serving – that’s almost half the recommended daily allowance for an adult woman. It’s also lower in carbohydrates and lactose than other types of yogurt. So, if you’re diabetic, watching your weight, or lactose-sensitive, Greek yogurt may be a better choice for you. 

Many fans, however, like it just for the flavor. You can buy it sweetened with fruit or flavorings, or plain. Some varieties have fat; others don’t. But even if you buy low-fat or no-fat versions, Greek yogurt tastes as rich as sour cream. You can serve it the same way you use regular yogurt – plain or with fruit or granola, blended into a smoothie, or as a dressing for fruit salad. 

But this yogurt’s creaminess also makes it great for baking and cooking, because it doesn’t separate. (Just substitute it for buttermilk or sour cream in recipes.) Or, basically, you can substitute plain Greek-style yogurt for anything you might normally use sour cream for. Use it to top baked potatoes or try it in your favorite dip and salad recipes. Finally, you can even use it as a substitute for mayonnaise; try it instead of mayo in your favorite tuna, chicken or potato salad recipe. 

Look for Greek yogurt, by popular makers Dannon, Yoplait and Athenos, all in the dairy section of your neighborhood Brookshire’s, right next to the traditional yogurt.  



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