December 2012

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Moo Roo 
3015 Kimball Ave. 
Waterloo, IA  
(319) 234-3309
Hansen's Dairy Outlet 
127 E. 18th St. 
Cedar Falls, IA 
(319) 266-3044
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The Real Deal  
Click here for the December coupon:
20% off all pork in December! Includes Beeler's, Wayne Watts, Niman Ranch, Edgewood Locker and Marks Locker brands.

Customer of
the Month

franmilne Our December Customer of the Month is Frances Milne of Waterloo.  

Favorite Hansen's product:
"Milk - drinking it reminds me of my youth on the farm. I use the milk on my cereal and for smoothies, cooking, baking, puddings, shakes and homemade ice cream."

Why do you shop at Hansen's?
"I like your dairy products because they are very healthy. I also like the eggs, cheeses, butter, cream, meat, homebaked goodies, and oh yes, the ice cream. Yum yum delicious! I bought an ice cream cake when my family was home for my grandchild's and daughter's birthdays. They all love Moo Roo - my son-in-law is hooked on the banana splits!"

Thanks, Fran!

Customers of the Month get a $5 gift certificate and a vehicle decal for being featured in our newsletter.

Cash Cow

We had one big CA$H COW winner in November! Congrats to Kelly Church of Waterloo who won $100 by finding a lucky jug.


In December, we will mark 7 jugs with $100 each (look inside the jug at your label when it's empty). Since we mark them at the beginning of the month, your best chance to find a large prize is in the next few days!   


Remember, there are still 10 jugs EVERY WEEK marked with a $5.00 prize. View details here on our website.   


There were several $5 winners this month: Sarah Hess; Mike Shelton of Hudson; Melanie Sealman; a Droll of Hudson; and Angela Hamilton of Cedar Falls.  

Cow of the Month
Dancer December's Cow of the Month is Dancer. She was born on Christmas Day 2008 and was named after one of Santa's reindeer!

Dancer is one of the friendliest cows in the herd. She has some distinct coloring because she has a Black/Red recessive gene. She was born Red & White but later turned Black & White with red ears and a red strip down her back.

She has had two heifer calves (Dawson and Dewey) and has produced 43,028 pounds of milk in her lifetime. She is currently the highest producing cow at 130 pounds of milk a day.

You've met the Hansens,
now meet the rest of the crew!


This month, say hello to Michael Stewart, second-in-command at the on-farm creamery.  


Birthday and Age: March 1,1987 (25) 


Family and life: Michael has a degree from Cal Poly in Dairy Science Husbandry and Processing. He lives outside of Hudson. He enjoys participating in sports and physical activities, watching Iowa State Athletics, watching movies and spending time with family. Go State! 


Favorite ice cream flavor:  Peanut Butter Cup in chocolate milk 


Role at Hansen's Dairy: The muscle behind the creamery operations, tasked with assisting Brad with every day operations - processing fluid milk, cheese curds, butter and ice cream (making, freezing, tasting and moving).  


What is a typical day like? Getting up really early and heading over to hang with the Hansens. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are spent processing fluid milk, cheese curds, and butter. Tuesdays and Thursdays are days to make the delicious and very tempting frozen novelties, ice cream!  


Milk shortage  


Some of our customers may have noticed that our milk is in short supply at grocery stores around the area. We are experiencing a shortage right now as we wait for a number of cows to calve in. The cows in production right now are also milking fewer pounds due to the drought (lower quality feed means diminished milk production). It is our top priority to keep milk stocked at our own three stores - Moo Roo in Waterloo, Hansen's Outlet in Cedar Falls and the tour center store on the farm.

The perfect way to drink Hansen's milk and egg nog    


drinking glasses Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy will soon be selling drinking glasses! They are 13 oz. clear glasses with a wide base. Buy separately for $5 each or a set of four different colors (red, black, brown and dark green) for $16. These make a unique, local gift for the Hansen's milk drinker on your list. Look for them at our stores after Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Holiday hours at the stores


Holiday hours will be the same at both the Waterloo Moo Roo and Cedar Falls Outlet.


Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): Close at 4 p.m.  


Christmas Day (Dec. 25): Closed all day 


New Year's Eve (Dec. 31): Regular hours 


New Year's Day (Jan. 1): Closed all day   

Cheese baskets make great holiday gifts!


Congrats to our Small Business Saturday giveaway winners! Betsy Zan of Cedar Falls and Troy Krug of Vinton each won a $50 cheese basket for shopping small on Nov. 24 at Moo Roo and Hansen's Outlet.  


Cheese baskets make great holiday gifts, and we are currently taking orders. They will be ready for pickup after Dec. 7. You pick the goodies, we do the work! Print out the form here or pick up a form Cheese baskets at Moo Roo or the Outlet. There also will be pre-made baskets available for purchase at either store.


Baskets will be assembled at the Hansen's Tour Center. You can pick them up there, at either store or have them shipped.

New local pork supplier

We are happy to be carrying pork from Wayne Watts of Clarion, Iowa. Cuts from his Berkshire hogs include unseasoned ground pork, unseasoned ground patties, pork chops and pork roasts. Check out this month's coupon to save 20% on all pork in our stores.


Cooking with Hansen's

This is a recipe for a classic Swedish Christmas cookie - a MUST every December in every Swedish home and bakery. They keep well, make excellent gifts, and make a fun family project because kids can help cut out the cookie dough with fun cookie cutter shapes. Note: For the best cookies, make the dough a day ahead and let it rest overnight in the fridge. Roll it out and bake on day 2.

Gingerbread Cookies

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup Hansen's butter (salted)

1 large egg

2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground bitter orange peel (optional)

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 



Put the brown sugar and butter in a large glass bowl. Slowly heat the syrup to boiling and pour over the butter and sugar. Stir gently to combine, and keep stirring occasionally until it's at room temperature. Add the egg and spices.  


In a small bowl, stir the soda into a 1 tsp cold water and add to the mixture. Stir in 3 cups of the flour. Divide the dough into 3 balls, flatten them into discs, and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Put the discs into the fridge to rest overnight.


When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees (350 if you have a convection oven). Take a dough disc out of the fridge and roll it into a very thin sheet on a floured work surface. To do this, sprinkle flour on your counter or table, sprinkle some flour on the dough, and start rolling. After it starts to flatten, flip it over, put a bit more flour on to prevent sticking, and keep rolling. Repeat the flip, roll, flip, roll, until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and bake on parchment-lined cookie sheets for about 8 minutes.  


Use your favorite icing to decorate the cookies, and enjoy!


Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy / 8617 Lincoln Rd / Hudson, Iowa 50643
Tours: (319) 939-2187 / Creamery: (319) 988-9828