It’s a simple fact: Milk tastes better in glass bottles. I don’t know if that’s because it stays colder or if it’s a psychological thing because it looks so cool, but man! I will always choose glass. Plus, I like the eco-friendly nature of reusing bottles, creating less plastic waste. We used Straus glass-bottled cream in California, but after moving to Winslow, couldn’t find a similar product… until we discovered:
Danzeisen is a family owned Phoenix dairy who bottles in glass. Cool packaging aside, the primary reason we fell in love with Danzeisen cream is the purity. No additives. Just CREAM. Exactly how we like it.
Next time you’re in a market, read the label on other brand cream cartons and you’ll find stabilizers like carrageenan and guar gum. Not so with Danzeisen. It is by far the finest cream I’ve ever had. Thick, rich, and natural. Plus, it comes in a glass bottle. Win win.
Upside, we found a good cream. Downside, we couldn’t buy Danzeisen products in Winslow, so anytime we ran out of cream (which was often because I love it in my coffee) we had to drive to either Flagstaff or the Bashas in Taylor. Until now…
Danzeisen Coming to Winslow!
Just before Christmas, I emailed the dairy about becoming a retailer so Winslow residents could more easily buy these products. Considering the size of our business and the much lower volume we’d do than a big chain grocery, we figured we wouldn’t hear back, but Jeff Memmelaar responded. Not only did he answer my questions, he also invited us to tour the creamery.
We, of course, jumped at the opportunity.
And jumped into their 1949 Divco Milk truck! There’s a reason our place is called the Motor Palace. We’re easily distracted by things that go Vroom. Anyway… Back to the milk. After seeing how Danzeisen produces their dairy, we were even more impressed.
Going old-school with Glass Bottles
In 2013, Kevin Danzeisen—grandson of the founders—had an idea. The Danzeisen family had been in the Phoenix dairy business for 50 years selling their milk to co-ops, but didn’t have a branded product. They didn’t like not knowing where the milk from their beloved cows went, so in 2014, they broke away to become a single source dairy. Not just any dairy, though. Kevin wanted to do something special. He wanted to bottle their product in glass.
“The freshest milk is always kept in our signature glass bottles as the perfect insulator to keep our milk ice-cold. We’re a family farm that has been operating only 10 miles from downtown Phoenix, Arizona for over 50 years and we’re proud to be local. We always take top notch care of our cows, and truly care about the premium quality of our milk – one taste and you’ll be able to tell.”
November 1, 2014, this family-run operation began bottling their own milk.
Touring the Creamery
Our tour began in the bottling room which was small and spotlessly clean. We were particularly impressed by the equipment used in the process—all from a time when quality was key. Their 1930s separator actually produces more nutrient-dense milk because it doesn’t separate out every element as modern equipment does.
The tanks date to the forties and fifties…
The bottle sanitizer also dates from the 50s. When the Danzeisen’s decided to go with glass bottles, they had to search the country to find a sanitizer since they are no longer made. They found this beast in a Pennsylvania field, bought it from the farmer, hauled it back to Arizona, and restored it to perfect operating condition.
All of the machinery is USA manufactured, which fits with our model at the Mercantile.
I’m not kidding when I say these are truly superior milk products. They use no growth hormones and if the animal needs to be treated with an antibiotic, they are taken out of the milking rotation until their milk tests clean of any trace. Their cows are bred, born, and raised within their dairy.
They graze on alfalfa and even wear bracelets to calculate their steps so the Danzeisen’s can monitor their health and make sure they are happy, healthy cows.
“We take care of the cows, the cows take care of us.”Danzeisen Dairy
The milk is brought to the creamery each morning and is ready for consumers within 24 hours, poured into these beautiful glass bottles which are manufactured in Canada.
In addition to the cream we love, Danzeisen offers regular and skim milk, half and half, and a variety of flavored milk like Chocolate, Strawberry, and different seasonal flavors like Banana, Root Beer Milk, Arizona Milk, and Eggnog. The flavored milks are sweetened with pure cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup) and colored with natural ingredients like beet powder for the Strawberry Milk. And that banana milk… oh man. Talk about rich and tasty.
They also have Orange Juice, Lemonades, and Cold Brew Coffee, all made with Sedona Spring Water.
The Motor Palace Mercantile Offerings
Last Wednesday, we got our first shipment of Danzeisen products—cream, of course, to make our new line of house-made truffles (coming in the next few days in time for Valentines—more on that soon!), but also strawberry, chocolate, banana, half and half, whole milk, and orange juice. Plus cold brew coffee and strawberry lemonade—a small shipment while we gauge interest and get our store-front cooler set up.
For now, here’s what we’re going to do:
Today–Sunday, February 9th—we will have a product sampling! Come in and give the Danzeisen products a try. If you fall in love, you can place a pre-order and it will be delivered to the Mercantile. Simple as that. No more driving an hour to get yours. I will have a couple of bottles for sale today, first come, first serve. If we get enough orders today, they will arrive on Wednesday.
If you’re not familiar with glass-bottled milk, there is a two-dollar deposit you get back on return, just like the old days.
I have no doubt you will love Danzeisen products as much as we do.
Until next time…