Plugra Butter

Plugra Butter

Everybody loves butter. Now imagine you’re a pastry chef and all of pastries are not turning out like you want. Insert Plugra, back in the day French pastry chefs realized that American butter does not have the same percentage of fat as European butter does. Specifically, American butter is 80% butterfat but European butter is 82% butterfat.

The Plugra folks were at the ChefConnect in Baltimore and I got a chance to meet with them and learn about butter. So yeah, butter rules. So I was really excited to talk to them. This type of butter is ideal for bakers, its lower moisture allows for richer and flakier pastries. The flavor in this butter is way more apparent than your standard run of the mill butter.

Fun fact about Plugra is that it’s not made in Europe at all. In fact it’s run by the Dairy Farmers of America. Another fun fact is that Plugra translates to more fat in French and really it translates to more fun in my chubby little heart.

You can find their awesome product in Whole Foods & other great grocery stores.

Jones Dairy Farm

Jones Dairy Farm

These were the first vendors I met at ChefConnect in Baltimore. They could not have been nicer and were more than willing to share some fun facts about their company. Jones Dairy Farm started in 1889, with Milo Jones selling sausage using his mother’s recipe.

Now the company has transformed into a global provider of delicious pork products. They produce sausage, bacon, and ham. Aware of growing concerns about nitrates and nitrites, they are one of the few companies that provide nitrate and nitrite free options.

One of Jones’ top selling commercial products is their pre-cooked breakfast sausage which you’ve probably consumed at some point in any large hotel. Fun fact, they do not use liquid smoke when curing their bacon. Their bacon is dry aged and they use cherry wood to give it a delicious flavor.

They have so many different kinds of different pork products and even produce a favorite in Pennsylvania, scrapple.

You can find their product in grocery stores all over the Northeast and Midwest.