September 2008  

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What's New
Light Ice Cream

Hansens are proud to announce a new, light, soft serve ice cream. At only 42 calories per 1-ounce serving, this delicious vanilla ice cream is a treat for all to enjoy. Our regular vanilla is 70 calories per 1-ounce serving, and our no sugar added ice cream is 55 calories. Light vanilla will debut Thursday, September 4th, 2008, at the Wing Ding in Overman Park. It will be available at a later date at our Outlet in Cedar Falls only.

New Cheese
Emmentaler Swiss

Be sure to try our newest cheese. Emmentaler Swiss is made by Bruce Workman at the Edelweiss Creamery in Wisconsin. This cheese is touted as some of the best aged Swiss in the United States. It is 3 years old and is low in salt. What an excellent way to jazz up a rueben sandwich. Try it as table cheese, on salads, or even as fondue!

A Note About Cheddar

Our aged cheddar cheese from Chalet Cheese Co-op is now 7 years old. The older cheese is, the sharper it gets.

Pork Products
Available at Hansen's Moo Roo and the Outlet

If you're looking for quality pork, we have a wide variety of pork products available: bacon, ground pork patties, several varieties of hams, sirloin roasts, American chops, Iowa chops, whole tenderloins, ground pork, ground sausage, and sausage links. The pork comes from Iowa Farm Families based out of Marshalltown, Iowa. The pork is gluten free because it is cured without using gluten-laced additive injections, commonly used in other pork to artificially enhance color. In addition, no extra water is added. Pigs used for these pork products are on vegetarian diets and are pasture farrowed when weather permits. If a pig becomes ill and must receive antibiotics, they are removed from the program. No hormones or growth stimulants are used. Lastly, Duroc genetics are used, and the pigs are bred for a higher PH in the meat, which means the pork products are more moist and tender.

Corn Tortillas
Locally made in Decorah, Iowa

We are now selling 6'' diameter, homemade corn tortillas for $.79 a dozen. The maker is originally from Mexico. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

We have a new supply of Moo Roo and Hansen's Dairy t-shirts and sweatshirts available at the Moo Roo and the Outlet. Check them out!

Milk Storage
Keeping it Cool & Fresh

The best way to keep milk fresh is to keep it cool. As air temperature goes up, bacteria growth accelerates. This can be challenging in the heat of the summer. It is best to transport milk in a cooler as opposed to a hot car trunk. The temperature in the trunk of a car on a sunny day, can easily reach 140 degrees.

Leaving milk sit out on a counter is also detrimental to its shelf life. Milk temperature will rise 1 degree for every 5 minutes at a room temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. As air temperature goes up, temperature rise also increases. Lastly, the refrigerator door is said to be the warmest spot in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, keep milk in a refrigerator cooled to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cow of the Month

Dazzle is September's Cow of the Month. She was chosen because on our monthly test day she produced the most milk of anyone in the herd: 136 pounds! That equates to 17 gallons of milk in just one day. Dazzle is 7 years old and in her lifetime, she has given 150,000 pounds of milk. Dazzle is a rare cow in that in the five pregnancies she's had, she's given us five daughters. Their names are Delhi, Duke, Dana, Dayz and Dabble, all very nice looking cows. Dazzle is a wonderful mother, a sweetheart and very gentle, as you can see in the photo. If you ever come see her on a tour you would notice her beautiful mellow eyes and her crooked neck, meaning she will look at you with her head and neck turned. She also likes to snuggle up to people, hoping for a tail rub. Once you start that, she will be your friend forever.

Where in the US are Hansen's Products Enjoyed?
How far do our products travel?

Based on comments from our customers, our products are making quite a splash in many other states. People visiting the farm and stores are packing coolers full of products and sharing them with friends all over the country.

Our curds have been enjoyed in Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and all over Iowa. Our milk has been enjoyed in Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and also all over Iowa. Thanks for sharing our products with others!

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