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Apr 29, 2002 05:28 PM


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When the price of butter shot up to 5 a pound I began to make my own. It has been on sale a couple of times lately and I stocked up on it so havn't made any lately.

I always notice the many different types and brands that are available. Who buys something other than the standard supermarket brand and what do you like about them.

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  1. Maybe this is the food snob in me but I favor real Normandy butter. The cows that give the milk naturally graze in the fields and eat only grass. Just bought some new stuff yesterday. Will try it and report.

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    1. re: Hunter

      Do you know where I can buy Normany butter in the St. Louis, MO area? Or as a home cook can I make i myself?

      1. re: Chris Craig

        I just made some butter:
        Put heavy cream (non-ultra pasteurized if you can get it) in your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium until the butter forms, which may take 10 minutes. Don't worry, it will start loudly splashing when it is done. Put in a strainer lined with a white paper towel, and press to remove as much liquid as possible. Squeeze, and add kosher salt ground to a powder in a mortar and pestle if you want it salted. Place in a pretty dish and refrigerate.

        This won't keep more than a week, so freeze the excess any excess immediately.

    2. I but Cabot brand sticks because it's cheaper ($3.09) than the store brand ($3.99) and my husband is a butter pig.

      1. w
        wow i'm a dog

        I buy butter at Costco. It seems like I get more for my money, but I don't have specifics on the price differences.

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        1. re: wow i'm a dog

          Yes! I forgot that i sometimes buy butter at Costco. It's 3 lbs for 5 or 6 dollars.

          1. re: LB

            doesn't costco only sell salted butter??? please correct me if I'm wrong!

            1. re: Kit Williams
              wow i'm a dog

              Yes, I think you are correct.

              1. re: wow i'm a dog

                But if you're buying butter in that big of quantities, it's better to have salted butter, no? Doesn't it keep from getting rancid longer?

                1. re: JessicaSophia

                  I've bought unsalted butter at Costco, 3 lbs. for about $5.50.

        2. Speaking of butter, here's something I've always wondered about: My brother claims that sweet (i.e., unsalted) butter is rarely found outside NYC, and that it started as "a Jewish thing, and then it caught on with the rest of New York." I've never heard this from anyone else. What say you, 'hounds?

          -- Paul

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          1. re: Paul Lukas

            Uh, unsalted butter is found all over the country and probably the world. I only buy unsalted butter out here on the West Coast.

            1. re: Sonia

              Adding salt to butter does help it keep longer and it also helps keep you from tasting that it's gone off, too.

              I buy only unsalted, but keep it well wrapped and in the freezer except for the piece I'm actually using.

              1. re: Saucyknave

                It was always my understanding the salted butter was for at the table and that unsalted butter for cooking, almost always. I know most pastry recipes call for unsalted butter. I've never had a problem finding it in NY or Chicago.

            2. re: Paul Lukas

              I've bought unsalted butter in multiple states. Use it for baking, among other things. Your brother be wrong.

            3. I don't know where you are located but if there's a Trader Joe's around, they have Plugra butter for $2.69 or so per pound and their own TJ brand for a little less. There was a long butter thread a few months ago but I can't seem to find it. I thought it was on the General board.