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favorite butter for spreading and taters and the like

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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.

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  1. 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

      Wow! Where?

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

      1. re: applehome

        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

          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

            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. Land o Lakes salted.

      1. 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. 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)


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

            1. jana valley, unsalted and the butter from parma, italy

              1. Kerry Gold when I can find it.

                1. 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.

                  1. 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!

                    1. Definately Kerry Gold for potatoes.

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                      1. re: duckduck

                        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.

                      2. Isigny St. Mere demi-sel. Wonderful stuff.

                        1. Earth Balance -

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

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

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

                            1. 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

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

                              2. Karl Ehmers hand churned unsalted butter.

                                1. Land o Lakes salted for the table,

                                  Land o' Lakes Unsalted for cooking.