Butter Making with Banner Butter

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We never abandoned butter. We instinctually knew that something so natural, and so traditional, would be good for you. Years after the rise of fast food, research is bearing out this instinct.

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"I love butter so much that I once wrote an ode to it. Banner Butter lives up to my ode."

— Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene

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    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

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    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

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    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

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    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

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    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

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    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

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    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

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    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Paste Magazine

    March 3, 2015
    Healing in the Land of Butter

    Prior to working at Banner Butter, I didn’t know the first thing about butter, aside from it being a love and delight in my Southerner’s…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Charm Etiquette – The Southern Coterie

    February 26, 2015
    Getting Back to the Art of Butter

    "Banner Butter, a Charm partner, is elevating our thinking about one of the most traditional foods. Butter in its purest form has one ingredient: cream.…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Taste of the South Magazine

    December 28, 2014
    Taste the difference their patience makes

    "Using pure cream from hormone-free, pasture-roaming cows, the folks at Atlanta-based Banner Butter practice their craft the old-fashioned way.  Their butters take up to 20…
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    The Local Palate

    December 8, 2014
    So Good It is Poetic

    "I love butter so much that I wrote an ode to it.  Banner Butter lives up to my ode." - Chef Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
    READ MORE

  • your alt text

    Sweet Peach Blog

    July 2, 2014
    Getting Back to Basics: Crafting Small Batch, Cultured Butter

    [Banner Butter] is creating quite the buzz by getting back to basics and crafting small batch, cultured butter. They are just one of a few retail…
    READ MORE

About

  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Banner Butter strives to create butters that taste great by doing it the right way. Doing it right means starting with cream from humanely-treated, hormone-free cows that graze in green pastures. It also means patiently culturing and churning cream into butter without adding flavoring or speeding the process at the expense of taste. So take what you already know and make it a little more special. Your food - and your spirit - will thank you.

  • What Makes Us Different?

    What Makes Us Different?

    Who are we? We're not them. While industrial scale butters are made with unripened cream and added "natural" flavoring, Banner Butter, a small-batch butter, is made with patiently-cultured cream from hormone-free, grass-fed cows with no added flavoring. We go big, but only in taste. Everything else is small, simple and slow.

About

What Makes Us Different?

Who are we? We're not them. While industrial scale butters are made with unripened cream from hormone laden, grain-fed cows and added "natural" flavoring, BannerButter, a small-batch cultured butter, is made with flavorful cream from hormone-free, grass-fed cows with no added flavoring. We go big, but only in taste. Everything else is small, simple and slow.

Our Mission

Banner Butter strives to create butters that taste great by doing it the right way. Doing it right means starting with cream from humanely-treated, hormone-free cows that graze in green pastures. It also means patiently culturing and churning cream into butter without adding flavoring or speeding the process at the expense of taste. So take what you already know and make it a little more special. Your food - and your spirit - will thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Banner Butter?

Banner Butter began churning in 2014. Banner was started by a couple in Atlanta that wanted to bring the art back to butter making. Since then, this couple has been joined by a lovable band of scrappy individuals, all dedicated to the local food movement.

How is Banner Butter different?

We’re different in several ways. First, the cream. It’s fresh. Like, really fresh. That’s because it comes from Georgia cows, local to us. Second, the butterfat. We use cream that is at least 40% butterfat, which is 5-10% higher butterfat than the cream used in most other butters. Third, the method. Before churning, we let the cream ripen for many, many hours. This ripening process allows good bacteria to form. It is this good bacteria that gives butter its complex buttery undertones. Next, after the cream ripens, we slowly churn it in small batches. This process results in a better tasting product because we are able to make small adjustments throughout churning, depending on the season, the consistency, and the taste of the cream. Finally, our butter is handcut and lovingly packaged. That’s why no two packages look exactly the same. In the end, it takes us 20 times longer to make our butter than industrial scale butters. So if you want something special, give us a try!

What is cultured butter anyway?

The vast majority of butter sold in America is sweet cream butter. That means that, after the cream is pasteurized, it is immediately churned. That also means that it has very little taste. So, to give it flavor, many butter manufacturers add “natural flavoring,” or “lactic acid.” Butter churned from sweet cream lacks the flavors that can only come from a long-ripening process where a special mixture of bacteria is added to the cream and held at precisely the right temperature, for precisely the right amount of time. This good bacteria is one of the things that makes our butter taste so good. If you’ve ever eaten butter from small creameries in France, Italy, or Denmark, then you’ve had cultured butter. And if your great grandma made her own butter on the farm, then you’ve eaten cultured butter too. Let’s reclaim the way butter should be, shall we?

How is Banner Butter different from other cultured butter makers?

We're going to answer this question by posing some questions right back at ya: (1) what does their label say; (2) how long did it take their butter to get to the shelf and how did it get there; and (3) what is their best by date anyway? First, some category of butter makers call themselves “European Style,” which is code for “cultured.” But check the label. If you see the words “natural flavoring” as an added ingredient, it probably means that the butter maker added flavoring after the churning process to make the butter taste like the cream was naturally cultured before churning started. We use no flavoring. We don't need to. Second, where did your butter come from? Banner Butter is local to the Southeastern United States. That means that when the cream arrives at our door, it is fresh. We churn it immediately, so that when you buy it, it is still fresh. That also means that we don't put our butters on airplanes, adding carbon footprints that come with that mode of transportation. And by buying our cream from Georgia dairy farmers, we're supporting our friends who live right down the street. Third, the best-by date. Our butters have a short shelf life. Given that it's natural, that shouldn't be surprising. So please ask yourself this: why is it that some butter makers can transport their butter across many miles and have it stay good for a long time before it gets to your door? Rhetorical, we know. Truly y'all, if you care about the environment, about your local farmers, and about good, clean eating, then please put your money where your mouth is, and give us a go! We can change things; we really can.

Can you tell me about how the cows are treated?

We use cream from local cows that graze in green pastures on small family farms. Our dairy farms also never dose their cows with hormones to increase milk production; a practice that can cause health problems in cows and humans alike.

Are your butters organic?

No, they are not. Some of our small dairy farmers choose not to seek organic certification for cost or resource reasons. But they have pledged to avoid unsustainable farming practices and unnecessary use of pesticides.

Why should I care that Banner Butter is made from grass-fed cows’ cream?

A healthy share of grass in the cows’ diet not only pleases their taste buds, it increases conjugated linoleic acids, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids in the milk they produce, thereby benefitting the oh-so-lucky consumer.

How should I store my butter?

You can freeze your butter for up to 4 months. Once you’ve put it in the refrigerator, you should eat it within 6 weeks. Not sure you can eat it all that quickly? Try putting half in the freezer, and the other half in the refrigerator.

Sorry, I’m lactose intolerant, so I can’t eat butter.

Not so fast, you. Banner Butter has active cultures, and these cultures eat 99% of the lactose. In other words, some people with lactose intolerance can eat our butter without any issues. What a life changer!

What are compound butters?

We start with our small-batch cultured butter as a base, and then we add different ingredients to it to make cooking easier and mix things up a bit. Examples of some compound butters we sell are a Roasted Garlic, Basil, Parsley butter; a Cinnamon Cardamom Ginger butter; and a Balsamic Fig and Caramelized Onion butter. We also love to make seasonal compound butters that highlight what’s in season at that particular moment. Want a Strawberry Mint butter in the Georgia Spring? We’ve got you covered. How about a nice Peach butter in the Summer? Yep, we’ve got it. Or a Pumpkin Spice butter for Halloween? We’ve done that too. In the end, compounds take your butter – and consequently your whole meal -- up a notch, to something you just don’t want to miss. How do I use compound butters? One of the great things about compound butters is that they make your meal preparation easier. The seasoning has already been done for you; it’s all in the butter. So keep it simple. Saute your eggs with the Roasted Garlic, Basil, Parsley butter. Grill your steak, and after you take it off the grill, add a pat of the Balsamic Fig and Caramelized Onion butter on top. Walk away, and let it melt. Add the Cinnamon Cardamom Ginger butter to your morning waffle. You won’t believe the difference it makes. Also, click on this recipe blog link, http://bannerbutter.tumblr.com/, to get recipe ideas. And if you sign up for Banner’s e-newsletter at http://bannerbutter.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=246fec6d4153621f8f043e656&id=7c6eb1df40, you’ll receive a recipe of the week. And once you’ve started cooking with our compound butters, please share what you’ve made with us. We just might feature you on our blog and newsletter!

I’m trying to be healthy. And everyone knows that butter is bad for you.

What do Time Magazine, Mark Bittman, and The Wall Street Journal all have in common? They’ve each recently recognized that we’ve been duped. Duped into thinking that fat – and butter – are the enemy. And being duped hurts. In so many ways. Check out what they say – http://time.com/2863227/ending-the-war-on-fat/ and http://www.wsj.com/articles/butter-makes-comeback-as-margarine-loses-favor-1403745263 -- so that we can set the record straight.

Does Banner give back to the community?

We’re committed to it. Please contact us if you’d like to partner in some way.

So I was shopping in my favorite grocery store today, and they don’t carry you. But what can I do about it?

You can do a lot actually. And thank you for asking! Please let the store manager know about us, and provide our contact information: info@bannerbutter.com. You can drop us a line too and tell us your store prospect. We can take it from there. Thanks for looking out for us!!

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404 401 3735

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3731 Northcrest Road
Atlanta, GA 30340