Black & Bolyard
WHAT IS BROWN BUTTER?
Brown Butter is a more complex, deeply toasted version of whole butter. Black & Bolyard precisely cooks and caramelizes Grassfed, non-GMO butter from upstate New York. The milk solids naturally present in the whole butter are browned in the butterfat before being infused, seasoned, and whipped. Brown Butter can replace whole butter anywhere that it is typically used, while its intense depth of flavor should be enjoyed in savory or sweet applications.
Black & Bolyard Inc. was founded by Andrew Black and Eric Bolyard and is based in Brooklyn, New York.
WHAT THEY DO
Inspired by the nostalgic act of butter slowly toasting on the stoves of professional kitchens, Black & Bolyard strives to bring these captivating flavors and scents to the home. They cook and infuse Grassfed, Non-GMO butter sourced from a single farm in upstate New York. Their process transforms whole butter into a more complex and rich browned butter - a deeply toasted version of its original form. Black & Bolyard takes pride in utilizing outstanding ingredients to craft their delicious, versatile, and unique products.
WHO THEY ARE
In 2011, Andrew Black and Eric Bolyard met while cooking side-by-side at the famed Eleven Madison Park in New York City. The two cooks quickly discovered a common ground in both sophisticated flavors and unwavering standards. Their Brooklyn-based supper club, Tasting Society, was created as an outlet to showcase their own style, often serving rustic bread with whipped brown butter as a shared course. Their guests’ enthusiastic response and requests for more left them with no other option than to launch Black & Bolyard Brown Butter.
Andrew grew up in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert where all of those tall cacti flourish just like they do in the cartoons. Out West, he was raised on a natural diet by his hippie parents, but it wasn’t until he received a scholarship to Le Cordon Bleu for baking a chocolate lava cake that really defined his destiny in the food world. Yes, a cake with a molten center.
He worked his way through the ranks, becoming a sous chef at what many consider one of the finest restaurants in the world. With a desire to learn a new craft, Andrew began making chocolate from scratch for two bearded brothers, but opted only for the three-day scruff himself. These days he often impresses his friends with a rare skill of being able to fall asleep at any time, on any surface. He’s not narcoleptic, he just works really hard.
Loves: sticky rice, street art, eating too much.
Hates: shoes with laces.
Eric grew up more of the athletic-type conquering the most extreme sports like golf, table tennis, and badminton in middle school. He was nicknamed “Cookie Face”, which stuck for five years until he stopped responding to that delicious, but demeaning name.
How did he end up cooking, you might ask…by skipping culinary school and ditching his brilliant university education to slave away in hot kitchens, including some of the best in Spain, London, and Italy, of course. However, NYC remains his home and hipster or not, he is a very proud Brooklynite.
When not parlaying with chef friends, you might find Eric either riding his Vespa or drinking overly-spicy Micheladas.
Loves: squid Ink, the word juxtaposition, photo booths.
Hates: unstylish living spaces.
How do I use it?
We encourage you to use Black & Bolyard Brown Butter in the same places you already use whole butter. It has been lightly seasoned with Sea Salt making it perfect for savory and sweet cooking. Schmear it on bread, Melt it on meat & vegetables, Sauce it on pasta, and Bake it into cookies.
- Original Unfiltered: Toasted & Complex – Caramelized and Whipped with Sea Salt
Melt it on pancakes, Brush it on grilled meats, Bake it into cookie dough
- Bay Leaf: Floral & Herbaceous – Steeped with Fresh Bay Leaves
Schmear it on grilled bread, Melt it on vegetables, Sauce it on Pasta
- Red Chili: Warm & Piquant – Infused with Dried Red Chili
Sautee it with eggs, Melt it on popcorn, Sauce it on seafood
How long does it last?
Black & Bolyard Brown Butter is best if used within 1 Year after opening. Through a unique caramelization process, all of the water naturally present in the whole butter is cooked out before deeply toasting the butterfat at high temperatures. This process dramatically increases shelf-life and surpasses that of normal butter.
Can I leave it at room temperature like normal butter?
Yes, please do! At home, leave your jars of Brown Butter at room temperature so that they are ready to schmear on your morning toast. You’ll find “Keep Refrigerated” on our label, but that is only because Black & Bolyard should to be sold next to the other butters at the store.
What are the Ingredients in your Brown Butter?
The ingredients in all Brown Butters are Grassfed, Non-GMO Butter and Sea Salt, along with Fresh Bay Leaves or Dried Red Chili in those varieties. Black & Bolyard sources the best natural ingredients available and uses butter made in Upstate New York. Brown Butter contains only a few simple ingredients yet has complex layers of flavor. Black & Bolyard does not add sugar or sweeteners of any type to their Brown Butters. Through the caramelization process, the milk solids toast and become naturally sweet, rich, and nutty. The brown speckles you see suspended in your jars are those delicious toasted milk solids which provide a lot of flavor in the Brown Butter.
How does it compare to Ghee?
Black & Bolyard Brown Butter is very different than Ghee. They deeply toast high quality butter and whip the browned milk solids back into the butterfat. Their unique process creates an incredibly rich and complex Brown Butter, layered with flavor, unlike Ghee. Black & Bolyard's product is suitable for sweet and savory preparations and can act as a direct replacement for whole butter.
Why does it taste so good?
Black & Bolyard Brown Butter tastes great because it is has been deeply toasted to extract the most flavor possible from the milk solids naturally present in the butter. They keep these delicious milk solids in the final product because they have and incredible flavor that would be a shame to filter out. Throughout the long, aromatic toasting process, the Brown Butter becomes rich, complex, and nutty. The Brown Butter is then lightly seasoned with Sea Salt before being jarred so that it is ready to use, just as you would use whole butter in your kitchen at home.
Why isn’t my Brown Butter spreadable like how I tasted it in the store?
Brown Butter behaves just like normal butter, therefore, when it is below room temperature, it will be firm and a bit difficult to spread. Simply leave your jar of Brown Butter on the counter for an hour or two and it will soften up. Black & Bolyard lightly whips all of their Brown Butters by hand to create that smooth, creamy texture like you tasted in the store, straight out of the jar.
What are the nutritional benefits of Brown Butter?
Since Black & Bolyard butter is Grassfed, it is naturally high in heart-healthy Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Also, our high-quality, Non-GMO butter is rich in Beta Carotene which converts to Vitamin A in our bodies.
What is Grassfed Butter?
Grassfed Butter is often regarded as the healthiest type of butter you should consume due to the high concentration of healthy fats and fatty acids found in it. Grassfed Butter is made from the milk of cows that are left on the pasture for the majority of the year to eat primarily a grass-based diet. This affects the flavor and color of the butter produced from their milk, usually yielding a more rich and yellow butterfat. Black & Bolyard always uses Grassfed butter.
What does non-GMO mean?
Non-GMO means that no GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) were used in growing and making the product. GMOs are organisms whose genetic makeup has been altered through mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. The butter that Black & Bolyard uses is always non-GMO.
Is it Gluten Free?
Black & Bolyard Brown Butter is naturally gluten free, soy free, nut free, and vegetarian.
How do you say Black & Bolyard?
It’s simple—“Black and Bowl-yard”. The logo mark represents the first bowl they used to whip their Brown Butter for Tasting Society, their Brooklyn-based Supper Club and also happens to be a nice way to help sound out their last names (black bowl = Black & Bolyard).