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favorite butter for spreading and taters and the like

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Fritz Jan 5, 2007 11:52 PM

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.

  1. Infomaniac Jan 6, 2007 12:02 AM

    I've been using Lurpak Slightly Salted lately. It's very good, and I think I'm paying $2.89/lb

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    1. re: Infomaniac
      applehome Jan 9, 2007 04:11 AM

      Wow! Where?

      Lurpak at Whole Foods is $3.49 for the 1/2 lb blocks, which is almost $7.00/lb.

      1. re: applehome
        Infomaniac Jan 9, 2007 04:25 PM

        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.

        1. re: Infomaniac
          applehome Jan 10, 2007 03:12 AM

          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.

          1. re: applehome
            Infomaniac Jan 11, 2007 04:59 PM

            Most of what my friend distributes are olives, cheeses, nuts, sweets and canned & jared items.
            I have not seen in George's any Kronos products, but I'll ask him if he knows any place north of Boston that might carry it.

    2. jfood Jan 6, 2007 02:39 AM

      Land o Lakes salted.

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        Pampatz Jan 6, 2007 02:42 AM

        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.

        1. RShea78 Jan 6, 2007 03:47 AM

          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)

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          1. charlie_b Jan 6, 2007 01:51 PM

            Lurapak unsalted for me. i could eat it like cheese.

            1. b
              budlit Jan 6, 2007 02:32 PM

              jana valley, unsalted and the butter from parma, italy

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                Fydeaux Jan 6, 2007 08:13 PM

                Kerry Gold when I can find it.

                1. macca Jan 6, 2007 08:25 PM

                  I bought a 1⁄2 pound of English butter today - I think the brand is Somerdale.. It was expensive at $3.79 for 1⁄2 pound. Really yellow and salty. I have some scalloped potatoes in the oven now, and I used this butter. Will also serve it with dinner tonight on a freshly baked loaf of french bread. Pricy, but delicious.

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                    nutrition Jan 6, 2007 08:30 PM

                    I use Organic Unprocessed Unfiltered Unheated Coconut oil. At 72 degrees room temperature it is like a spread. A medium chain fat with excellent taste. Great for cooking and improves the taste without being greasy, also.

                    The advantage is the body can metabolize it, and utilize it for energy! And NO, it is not bad for you like all the longer chain vegetable oils, that are stored on the hips and subcutaneous skin deposits. Coconut got a bad rap from the corn and safflower oil marketers to gain market share. Plus a lot of island sources were lost during WWII, so vegetable oil were substituted.
                    Coconut oil improves every meat dish, especially chicken and fish. Nice on toast or bread. Or right off the spoon to get your daily requirements.

                    There is NO need for rancid butter in this house!

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                      duckduck Jan 6, 2007 08:31 PM

                      Definately Kerry Gold for potatoes.

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                        jennyfur Jan 6, 2007 08:46 PM

                        Still ilke the Land O Lakes. 'Could be a Midwestern thing, but I really do like it on Orville R's popcorn! Home-popped, of course.
                        -jennyfur

                      2. Candy Jan 8, 2007 10:37 PM

                        Isigny St. Mere demi-sel. Wonderful stuff.

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                          andlulu Jan 8, 2007 10:42 PM

                          Earth Balance -

                          100% Vegan
                          Non Hydrogenated
                          No Trans Fatty Acids
                          Patented Blend to help improve HDL/LDL Cholesterol Ratio*
                          Zero Carbs
                          Non-Dairy
                          Gluten Free
                          Organic Certified
                          Expeller-Pressed, Non-GMO Oils
                          Whipped for easier spreading
                          Excellent for cooking & baking

                          and it tastes so...so good. =)

                          1. phofiend Jan 9, 2007 02:18 AM

                            Kate's when I can find it, otherwise Land O Lakes extra creamy. Unsalted, of course.

                            1. emily Jan 9, 2007 07:19 PM

                              Double Devon Cream Butter (salted) from TJ's. I've read that the cream comes from the herds of several farms in Devon, England. At any rate, it's delicious!

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                              1. re: emily
                                Emme Jan 10, 2007 06:00 AM

                                Second that... having grown up with a British nanny and her Irish mother, I have a deep fondness for Kerrygold as well.

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                                FAL Jan 9, 2007 07:28 PM

                                Karl Ehmers hand churned unsalted butter.

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                                  swsidejim Jan 11, 2007 05:01 PM

                                  Land o Lakes salted for the table,

                                  Land o' Lakes Unsalted for cooking.

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                                    Jennie Jan 12, 2007 02:21 AM

                                    Plugra!

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