Based in Aberystwyth, West Wales, Rachel’s Organic dairy
is the fastest growing and first ever certified organic dairy in Britain. Throughout its 25 year history, the dairy has produced award-winning yoghurts, mousse, desserts, cream, milk and creme frâiche.
Using only the finest organic ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, the dairy is committed to, “letting nature shine through.” Naturally high in calcium and vital vitamins, Rachel’s yoghurts contain bio-live cultures for digestive health.
Focusing on organic produce is just one way in which the dairy has committed to a green approach. Having already cut their C02 emission by 10% by running their boiler on LPG, plans are now in place to run the factory on wind, water or waste wood. What’s more, any leftover yoghurt is donated to a local farmer to help feed his animals – now that’s green for you.
Last year, Rachel’s won a gold award in the True Taste Food and Drink Awards in ‘Milk, Yoghurt, Butter and Cream category for Large Producers’ for the high standard of their Wholemilk Gooseberry Yoghurt.
The mouthwatering range of yoghurts include low-fat, wholemilk, greek style, limited edition, natural, children’s, and ‘forbidden fruits’, with an extra dash of cream for that added naughtiness.
Tried and tested
After hearing about the success of Rachel’s Organic dairy, I was more than happy to sample some of their produce.
Arriving home from work one day, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a box full of yoghurts and desserts. The contents included low fat St Clement’s and vanilla, limited edition tropical and apple and elderflower, greek style coconut and traditional rice pudding.
|Divine Rice, indeed.
My favourite product, by far, was the rice pudding, which was very deserving of its name, ‘Divine Rice’. Deliciously creamy with just the right balance of sweetness, it was just like the type my mum makes on the stove, and only 5% fat! The toffee version was even better, although a whole lot cheekier, calorie-wise.
I’m not a big lover of yoghurt unless it’s added to a recipe, but I could easily be converted by these ones. Made using milk and fruit from local farms, each one really captures the essence of the flavour it was intended to represent.
Take the greek style coconut, for example. It tasted milky and fresh, with whole chunks of coconut to add texture. Similarly, the limited edition apple and elderflower contained several morsels of tangy apple, offset by the delicate taste of elderflower that followed.
|Zesty St Clement’s.
Whilst the limited edition, low fat St Clement’s didn’t actually contain any orange pieces, it had a very pure and almost bitter taste, just like that of pure orange juice. It certainly didn’t taste like most other low-fat yoghurts I’ve tried and I would really recommend giving it a go, along with all the other yoghurts I tested.
The full of range of Rachel’s products can be found in leading supermarkets and independent organic food outlets throughout the UK.
These samples were provided to me complimentary by Rachel’s Organic Dairy, but I was not required to write a positive review.
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