We’re very proud of our creamy and delicious Gold Top range but we know that many of you have questions about it. There are so many different types of milk out there these days (we have our standard, Organic and Gold Top ranges, for instance) that we know it can sometimes be confusing to know which one is right for you.
That’s why we’ve put together this blog to let Gold Top fans know a little bit more about your favourite creamy tipple, as well as to encourage more people to try it.
What is Gold Top milk?
Gold Top milk is produced by our herd of Jersey cattle – who you might have heard us lovingly refer to as our Golden Girls or our Jersey Girls. Of course, we do have to remember our manners around them and be on our best bowing and curtseying behaviour. That’s because our herd of Golden Girls was established in 1988 when Dr Graham purchased some Jersey cows that were once part of the Queen’s herd at Windsor, no less!
Milk from Jersey cows has long been well regarded for its taste and consistency, being richer and creamier than milk from other cattle.
Why does milk from Jersey cattle taste creamier?
Milk from Jersey cows didn’t just taste different from ‘standard’ milk, it really is different. Milk from Jersey cows is 18% higher in protein and 20% higher in calcium. The increased protein and calcium levels aren’t where the benefits end either. Milk contains zinc, iodine and vitamins A, B, D and E – and the levels of vitamins A & D are higher in milk from Jersey and Guernsey cattle than in standard milk.
The creamier taste of Gold Top comes from Jersey cows producing milk that has a higher fat level than regular milk. However, it’s still only 5% fat, a much lower level than you’d find in cream. Single cream has a fat level of 18%, for example.
How can you use Gold Top milk from Jersey cattle?
The richness of Gold Top milk makes it delicious on its own but it can also be used to create a particularly decadent hot chocolate. The perfect comforting drink for those long, cold, dark nights of autumn or winter.
Does Gold milk only come in one variety?
No! As well as Gold Top, we also produce Gold Smooth milk. What’s the difference? Well, Gold Top refers to the layer of cream floating on top of the milk. Some people prefer to have this creamy layer mixed through their milk though, so that’s what we do with our Gold Smooth milk. This process of mixing the cream through the milk is called homogenisation and you can find out more about it in this previous blog post.
In fact, our Gold range goes beyond milk
As well as Gold Top and Gold Smooth, we also produce Gold Top Unsalted Butter, Gold Top Slightly Salted Spreadable Butter and Gold Top Double Cream so there are plenty of ways to enjoy the goodness.
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