Dairy Delivers Sustainable Nutrition
June is National Dairy Month! My Facebook memories are showing me pictures of many visits to dairy farms across New York State, where I learned about the ways dairy farmers are innovating in animal care, land and water management. The dairy industry has sustainability built into its DNA – farmers are diligent about managing their family farms from generation to generation. They’re always looking for smarter ways to do work, such as using technology, like cow exercise trackers to monitor health, and milk tank temperature systems that text the farmer if the temperature changes. The result of this good stewardship and passionate care is a nutritionally amazing product that delivers sustainable nutrition. This definition is really about the ongoing science-based pursuit of providing affordable, accessible, nutrient rich foods that can nourish the world’s growing population, while also protecting environmental resources now and for future generations.
The foundation of dairy sustainability is the biology of cows themselves. Dairy cows have 4 stomachs, which means they can eat a wide range of foods/plants other animals cannot eat and produce a nutrient rich product. They also produce manure, which is regulated and managed in multiple ways – for example, many farms have digesters that extract liquid and gas from manure, turning that into fertilizer for farm fields and energy for the farm and community. The fertilizer supports grass and cover crops that protect topsoil. Cows are also up cyclers of food waste – citrus pulp, almond hulls, leftover pumpkins and fruits and vegetables are all on the menu, reducing food waste and bringing nutrition benefit back to the food system.
Water is a valuable resource on dairy farms. It is recycled several times as drinking water for cows, to cool them when it’s hot, wash farm equipment and clean the barn floor. After cleaning barns, nutrient rich water can be collected and used to fertilize fields. Data tells the sustainability story best – research shows the amount of water needed to produce a gallon of milk declined 30% over a 10-year period. Overall, the dairy community has reduced the carbon footprint of milk by 63% over a recent 10-year period due to improvements in animal health, cow comfort and farm management practice. Looking ahead, they have committed to an ambitious net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Climate change mitigation is evident in how they produce the same amount of food using fewer resources but still providing great nutrients and great flavor – the 13- nutrient package that is milk and all the things we can make from it is a fantastic result of a constantly improved process. America’s dairy farmers have set aggressive new environmental sustainability goals to achieve greenhouse gas neutral neutrality, optimize water uses and improve water quality.
Dairy farm families have a long-term investment in environmental care. That torch is passed from generation to generation. I have met many of these families and could only be impressed by the dedication to their work. Cows are the center of the dairy farm and caring for them is a passion and a priority, 365 days a year. You and your family are part of the sustainable nutrition cycle and benefit as well – one of the best ways to add nutrition value to any meal or snack is to enjoy a glass of milk or add fun to any afternoon with a bowl of ice cream! Take a virtual tour of a dairy farm and learn more about where delicious dairy comes from!
Different Methods to Dye Easter Eggs
Easter is coming up and that means it’s time to break out the egg dye! However, this year, we are getting more creative with our process. We’re experimenting with different food and natural ways to dye Easter eggs. Check out these 9 unique examples.
Whipped Cream: Lay out a bad of whipped cream and use food coloring to create a design. Roll your hard-boiled eggs over the bed of cream and watch the colors transfer to the eggs. Let the eggs dry then clean off any leftover cream.
Fruits or Veggies: Beets, blueberries, spinach, and more work great for this method. Simmer fruits or veggies in a cup of water with a drizzle of vinegar to create the colors. Soak eggs overnight in dye in the refrigerator for the most rich color. For lighter coloring results, soak for just a few minutes.
Baking Soda: Use baking soda for a fun, unique design on your dyed eggs. Food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar is all you need.
Rice: Start by dying plain rice with food coloring. Once the dye is evenly distributed stick a hard-boiled egg in the rice and shake. It’s best to use a cup or plastic bag. You’ll end up with a cool speckled dyed egg. You can even mix colors of dyed rice for a more fun result.
Instant Pot: With an Intant Pot you don’t even need to hard boil the eggs beforehand, simply cook them in the dye. Use glass pint canning jars inside your Instant Pot to avoid stainning, fill each with dye, egg, and water. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and at least 10 drops of food coloring to each jar. Top off the jars with enough water to cover the eggs. Put a rack on the bottom of your Instant Pot, place your jars on the rack and cook for 6 minutes. Dunk each egg in ice water to cool and let dry.
Ground Tumeric or Cumin: Ground tumeric or cumin are fun natural ingredients to use to dye your eggs. They create a bright yellow, very appropriate for the colors of spring and Easter.
Juice: Depending on the color you’re looking for, grape juice and other fruit juices can be used to dye eggs. Grape juice gives you a lovely dark blue.
Coffee: Brewed coffee is another natural ingredient that’s great for Easter eggs. Shades and colors vary depending on the type of coffee you use.
Get creative with your Easter eggs this year. There are so many fun ways to experiment with the whole family involved. Check out some of these great examples or use a fun idea of your own. Either way visit your local store for many natural dye options or visit us online.
Celebrate Shopping Local with Northeast Made Products!
At Price Chopper & Market 32, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with fresh, close to home ingredients. To ensure that when you’re shopping our aisles, you’re choosing from the highest quality selection of locally made products. It’s what’s best for you and your family!
Milk: Our PICS milk is bottled in New York with the help of over 500 Northeast dairy farmers: When you take home a jug of our milk, you’re taking home the product of hard-working local farmers (and cows) from our region. Located in Hudson Falls, NY, Ideal Dairy Farms is a great local dairy farm. These folks are just a few miles down the road from our Fort Edward store. Ideal Dairy first began selling milk to local residents around 1908. These days they produce over 16,000 gallons of milk per day! Despite operating for over 100 years, the vision of Ideal Dairy has remained unchanged: they’re committed to the production of quality milk for their community.
Granola: Every batch of PICS granola is hand made in Schenectady, New York. Made with the finest ingredients using artisanal baking techniques, this granola will soon be your go-to granola. Snack on it plain, add milk, top your ice cream with it – no matter how you use it, you will enjoy every bite!
Maple Syrup: We live in one of the only regions in the world with the ideal climate for maple agriculture, and we’re proud to partner with a wide variety of local maple farmers and producers here in the Northeast, who are currently preparing for this year’s maple sugaring season.
These are just a few of the wide variety of local products available in our stores. You can find many more homegrown PICS items on our shelves. Featured in our ad this week are PICS cottage cheese and eggs, two of our go-to locally made items.
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Holiday Family Breakfast Ideas
One of the best parts of the holidays is taking time off to sit back, relax, and enjoy time with the family. Of course, this includes cooking, baking, and sharing delicious meals. Though much of the holiday food conversation focuses on dinner and cookies, we also want to give holiday breakfast it’s proper shine. Check out these awesome breakfast ideas for a full house this holiday season.
Breakfast Panini: Paninis are perfect for any time of day, but we’re partial to these breakfast versions.
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sliders: Sausage, egg & cheese sliders are the perfect breakfast holiday option. Bet you can’t eat just one.
Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwiches: They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, so we concocted this Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
Spiced-Maple Bacon: Bacon is a breakfast staple, and maple is a must-have holiday flavor. Sounds like the perfect combination.
Buttermilk-Bacon Pancakes with Bourbon-Maple Syrup: Speaking of maple, check out these mouthwatering Buttermilk-Bacon Pancakes with Bourbon-Maple Syrup.
Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy: Chorizo is one of our favorite breakfast options, and this Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy recipe is an awesome choice.
PB & J Stuffed French Toast: Stuffed French toast is another tasty, cozy breakfast meal. Our recipe for PB & J Stuffed French Toast is a great take on the classic.
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Whether you’re trying out one of these recipes or cheffin up your own morning masterpiece for the holidays. Price Chopper & Market 32 is your stop shop for all things holiday breakfast. Visit your local store or check us out online!
For more breakfast recipe inspiration check out our recipe page.
Different Ways to Deviled Egg
Deviled Eggs are one of the best summertime appetizers and side dishes. Served cold, they are made to satisfy in the warm weather. The best part about these wonderful snacks is that you can get creative and prepare them almost any way you desire. Check out some of our favorite deviled egg recipes!
Start with a dozen hard-cooked large egg yolks. Mash them together in a bowl and add ½ cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, ½ teaspoon ground mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. To create different variants, divide the yolk mixture into smaller bowls. Each bowl for a different flavor combination.
Italiano: Stir in pesto, add sundried tomato, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and parsley.
BLT: Stir in bacon, add lettuce, tomato, and sprinkle some more bacon crumbles on top.
Cubano: Stir in ham and Swiss cheese, add pickle, stone ground mustard, and banana pepper. Sprinkle some ham crumbles on top.
Lucky Irish: Stir in corned beef and Swiss cheese, add Russian dressing and scallions. Sprinkle some corned beef crumbles on top.
Curried: Stir in curry powder, add some toasted pecans and chives. Sprinkle some curry powder on top.
Crabby: Stir in lump crab meat, add cocktail sauce, fresh jalapeño, and lemon zest. Sprinkle some lump crab meat on top.
Taco: Stir in guacamole, add pickled jalapeño, taco sauce, cilantro, and lime zest.
Asian: Stir in chili garlic sauce, add snap peas, sauteed shiitakes, and sesame seeds.
If you are a fan of deviled eggs, we highly recommend checking out all of these awesome varieties. Stop by your local store or shop with us online for everything you need!
Take advantage of Eggland’s Best Large White Eggs on sale for $2.99 this week!