Hudson Cream Flour has been filling grocery store shelves for 100 years. While the packing of products surrounding it has changed, the yellow dairy cow decorating Hudson Cream’s packing has remained a constant.
But what do cows have to do with flour? Many have asked themselves- or others- this question, and recently Hudson Cream Flour answered.
Having the image of a cow on a bag of flour seems a bit unconventional. But we promise, there is good reason for it! If you are new to our page, here is the story behind the cow:
In the early 1900s, when our mill was built, many people owned their own cows for milking. It was commonly believed that the Jersey cow produced the best milk and cream. (And according to the National Dairy Council in the present day, they are indeed known for the high butterfat content in their milk!)
The Hudson Cream Flour founder chose the Jersey cow and the word “cream” to symbolize the white richness, smooth texture, and high quality of the flour. Now you know why we have a cow on our bag!
Located in a Kansas city with a population of 125, Hudson Cream, now one of the last independent flour mills, has long prided itself on its white and soft flour. The product is made using a “short patent” milling process, a method that was much more common a century ago than today.
Hudson Cream explains that the difference in the short patent milling is that the wheat is ground more times and sifted with finer-meshed sieves than in standard milling. Additionally, the short patent process sifts away more by-product, leaving only the heart of the wheat kernel to make Hudson Cream flour.
The result is a flour that is smoother in texture and produces baked goods that are consistently light and fluffy!
So, the next time you are in the store and stumble across a shopper scratching his head in confusion as to why a flour bag sports a dairy cow on its façade, you can share your knowledge!