favorite butter for spreading and taters and the like
not for omelets or pan greasing.
I like a French brand Celles sur Belle, unsalted 1/2lb.
I have a New Zealand butter now that is good and cheap ($3/lb) but not great.
Haven't tried Isigny or Lurpak yet.
I'm getting mine from a friend who distributes Syrian food products, and I'm paying $2.89 per 8oz. pack, so I was wrong when I originaly said per/lb. I know I'm getting a little deal.
If your close to Methuen, MA applehome, George's Bakery sells 8oz. packs of Lurpak unsalted for $3.29 is thats any help.
That explains something. A guy opened up a Lebanese place down the road from me and he sold Lurpak unsalted for $2.89/pk. Betcha his distributor was your pal. I asked him to look into salted but he couldn't get it from the same source. He carried Presidente salted until he went out of business a few months ago.
I use TJ's red wax paper unsalted Plugra for cooking - at around $4.00/lb, it's the cheapest high-fat euro-style butter around - even if it is from Texas. It's good enough for cooking but I really have to have salted for the tabletop.
I buy the salted Lurpak mostly at Butcher Boy in N. Andover - they're cheaper than Whole Paycheck. I'll buy it at WP if I happen to be there (which happens less and less).
Does your friend distribute other good stuff, like maybe some of the Kronos Taramasalata? Do you know if George's carries that, or anyone else local? I know that Sevan has great Taramasalata, but I don't drive into town that often any more.
We live in a small town in Mexico, and Lurpak is the only brand that I have found here that tastes like butter. Lurpak con sal.
Today it was 17.30 pesos for 200 grams.
Around here the commercial brand butters retail anywhere from $2.99 - 4.99 a pound and are good in flavor if purchased rather fresh. Vermont, Land O'Lakes, and Praire Farms are in order of my preferences. But if the budget is bent, I can settle for Walmart's - Great Value brand.
Butter specials do happen about once a month and seems to generally hit $2.00 to $2.50 in range, and one of the best prices was a 3 for $5 of the Vermont Butter over Christmas.
Now on baked potatoes I prefer (and don't laugh) a blend of Chive dip and unflavored sour cream. (It is to cut the over seasoned dip, which is mostly salt)