June is National Dairy Month and that is the reason Iron Chef Challenge features Milk this month. Milk contains 9 essential nutrients that are lacking in most American Diets. One of which is calcium and 73% of Calcium in the food supply comes from milk and milk based products. And regadless what flavorings you put in milk (chocolate/strawberry) those 9 essential nutrients remain.
This months sponsor of the Iron Chef Challenge is Dean Foods and Kelsay Farms. Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment is the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, creamer, and cultured dairy products. These offerings are marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands, as well as through private labels. Deans products are processed with the help of our 25,000 dedicated employees working in approximately 100 plants across the U.S. and Europe.
Kelsay Farms is a 6th generation Dairy Farm in central Indiana but you may better know them by two of their Farmwives who are authors of the 2 Maids a Milking Blog. The milk from Kelsay Farms goes straight to Dean Foods and the Maids do a great job explaining this process here. They also go into detail explaining about how they care for their cows in a post here.
And for some great recipes containing milk as an ingredient, be sure to check out this month's Iron Chef Challenge Linky Party, or better yet, link up a recipe of your own and you could win a Dean Foods Prize Pack along with a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart to purchase Milk with.