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What is pasteurization? What temperature is Snowville Creamery milk pasteurized to?

Pasteurization is the process of using heat to destroy pathogenic organisms in foods. Snowville chooses to pasteurize at a lower legal temperature at just under 170°F for 18 seconds. This is known as the High-Temperature Short Time (HTST) pasteurization which can be compared to the common commercial practices of Ultra High Temperature (UHT) pasteurization. In UHT, the milk is heated to 280°F for two seconds. This UHT method alters the natural whey proteins which then, in turn, affects the natural creaminess. To make up for this, many milk processors will add artificial congealing agents, such as carrageenan. UHT also gives milk a “cooked” flavor.  Using the HTST method of pasteurization allows our milk to retain its fresh and wonderful flavor and rich creaminess we all know and love. 

Homogenization for milk is the process of using heat and pressure to break up fat molecules (the cream) into smaller particles, causing them to remain evenly distributed throughout the milk. Snowville Creamery milk, half & half, and cream are not homogenized. We strive to provide a natural product...

In order to be certified organic, a dairy farmer must waive the right to treat a sick cow with antibiotics. A Snowville Creamery cow with an infection, such as mastitis, can be treated with antibiotics, but her milk is not used until it tests negative for any antibiotics. In addition, an organic feed can be...

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