What is Cultured Butter?
Quite simply it’s the best butter can be!
As part of our butter making process we have to use pasteurised cream. Not only does pasteurisation kill the bad bacteria but the beneficial ones as well. In making cultured butter we add the beneficial bacteria back to the cream using special bacterial cultures which feed on the lactose while it ripens, thereby reducing it and producing flavour profiles which make it distinctive from ordinary sweet cream butters.
Add to the fact that we use the finest, grass fed New Zealand cream, is it any wonder that customers who taste our butter are transported to memories of happy times “back in the day”
What is craft butter?
Craft butter is batch churned butter, produced in limited batches using traditional methods to make the finest quality product.
Is your butter lactose free?
Due to the nature of cultured butter, where most of the lactose has been consumed by the cultures, it is therefore naturally lower in lactose. Some of our customers who suffer from lactose intolerance have found that they are able to eat our butter without any adverse effects. For those with milk allergies our butters may not be suitable as they still have milk solids. As ever if you have any issues take care when trying for the first time.
Is your butter gluten free?
All of our butters and products do not contain gluten and are produced in a gluten free environment.
Do you used raw milk/cream?
No, due to legislative requirements we are not allowed to make our products using raw milk/cream. By adding the good bacteria when making our butters it is the nearest you can get to raw products under the current regulations.
Why is your butter so Yellow?
This isn’t down to us, this is down to the girls who feed on lush green pasture for most of the year to get their natural dose of beta carotene. We do not add any artificial colours / annatto to our butter.
Who makes your butter?
We do not contract our butter production to anyone else or use anyone else’s butter. To see who we are check out our page Who are we
Are your products suitable on a Keto diet?
All of our products, except our Bee Ghee, are keto friendly allowing you to add to your meals to increase their flavour to help you as part of this popular diet.
What is Buttermilk?
True buttermilk is hard to find as it is a by-product of the cultured butter making process. As we make our butter in the most traditional way possible and being full of live bacteria, it is a true buttermilk. Sweet cream butter produces skimmed milk which has to be soured afterwards to make a substitute version.
Where can I buy your products from?
How do I store your products?
Apart from ghee, all of our products should be kept in the fridge. For our butter, all you need to do is keep refrigerated in its wrapping, away from strong smells. If the butter is left out, the cultures in the butter get a bit more energetic at about 7 degrees C, which can alter the taste slightly. Don’t worry it is still edible and perfectly fine!
Handy hint - you can freeze your butter for up to 6 months, customers often apportion their flavoured butter rolls before freezing and take out as required.
Ghee can be kept on the shelf until opened, then best to keep in the fridge.
What is Clotted Cream?
Clotted Cream is a very thick cream familiar to those who have enjoyed traditional cream teas while on their OE or holidays. It is not whipped cream, but a thick almost sticky cream with a thick yellow crust and a small watery layer at the bottom, that you can use in your baking or coffee.
Is your crème fraiche suitable for vegetarians/halal?
There are no gelatines or artificial thickeners used in our product, it is merely “thickened by nature”. In some countries, it can’t carry the name crème fraiche unless it is just cream and cultures, and this is why our crème fraiche is truly what it says.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is the oil of butter, it has the second highest smoke point of all oils. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and is a great alternative for those who enjoy butter but can’t eat milk solids as most of the lactose and milk proteins are removed in the production process. If you are allergic to milk products however, you should take care when trying for the first time.
Where does your name come from?
Bellefield - pronounced Bell - field!
When looking to name our business, we wanted a name that connected us to where we are from as well as our home here in New Zealand.
The whole family are huge football (soccer) fans and the team we all support, from our home city of Liverpool, is Everton Football Club. Their original training ground was Bellefield (their current one is Finch Farm). Bellefield training ground was used by the Brazilian team during the world cup in 1966 and was so innovative that the Brazilian team based their new training ground on Bellefield.
While we lived in Liverpool we were lucky to take our young children to the training ground to watch our team train, as well as meet players such as Paul Gascoigne and have their photos taken with the players.
The name is very apt because Belle means beautiful in French (and we know how famous they are for making butter!) and we know the Waikato is full of beautiful ‘fields’.