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Overview

Butter that's good for you? These days, butter is a luxury item, which those health experts say we should consume in small amounts. A little of what you fancy does you good, so when you only enjoy butter as recommended, make it the best. That's how the lovely people at Cuinneog feel, and they make some of the best butter in the land. And they even make some that could do the digestive system a world of good.

Established in 1990 by Tom and Sheila Butler, in Shraheens, Balla, Castlebar, County Mayo, Cuinneog products were developed to satisfy consumer demand for fresh butter and buttermilk with a natural creamy country taste. Best quality cream is sourced from local suppliers. This flavoursome milk is made into rich wholesome cream - and that's the basis of all the Cuinneog range, produced on the family farm.

It takes four days to make a batch of Cuinneog butter. Pasteurised cream must first be ripened, which gives a well-developed traditional, mildly lactic flavour to the end product. The word Cuinneog means ''churn' in Irish, and the churning procedure is central to butter making. Anyone who has ever made butter by shaking cream in a jam jar will know how long the process takes, before suddenly, as if by magic, a ball of butter solids is formed. At Cuinneog, careful churning of batches of best quality cream eventually separates butter solids from buttermilk. The solids are then drained thoroughly to remove any excess liquid still present within. A small amount of salt - just 2%, which is reasonably low - is then added to enhance the taste and help preserve. Finished butter is shaped and hand wrapped in laminated foil wrappings embossed with the Cuinneog logo, and ready for sale. The laminated foil prevents light penetrating to the butter and thus prevents any oxidisation.

Cuinneog also make buttermilk, a by-product of the butter making process. Buttermilk is the liquid that separates from the solids during churning. Cuinneog Buttermilk is produced this way, and not with a skim milk base like most other buttermilks on the market. It's naturally low in fat, (less than half of 1%), and perfect for making Irish soda breads and scones, or for use in healthy breakfast smoothies with fruit like bananas and a little wheatgerm, some people even use it as a refreshing drink.

Tom and Sheila focussed on keeping their product as natural as possible. Since Tom passed away, butter production at Cuinneog is now in the safe hands of the couple's daughter Breda Butler, who is taking the buisness into the next phase, whilst retaining all the traditional methods her parents created.

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CUINNEOG IRISH FARMHOUSE COUNTRY BUTTER 227g FLAT BAR
CUINNEOG IRISH FARMHOUSE COUNTRY BUTTER 227g FLAT BAR

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