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Echire butter and contrex

lilith Aug 2, 2007 10:57 AM

Hi there,
Anyone know where I can find Echire butter (beurre d'echire) and contrex in the GTA?
Any info is apreciated.

  1. TheDewster Dec 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    Beurre d' Isigny is supposed to be the best , its from Normandy. Weirdly the name "Disney" comes from it cows are fed salt grass and have a lot oleic acid in the milk not colours or additives other than salt. 82% butterfat $5.37 per 125 grams. Echire is available at Provincial foods on Church street next door to Cumbrae's meats. Pick up some Marco Spruce beer while you are there, expensive but goes with charcuterie like nothing else.

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    1. re: TheDewster
      TheDewster Jun 4, 2012 06:52 AM

      Update noone seems to have French butter, Olympic Cheese in St Lawrence market says importer won't bring it in anymore only Beppino Italian butter and Stirling. Damn!

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      ajumenai Nov 26, 2010 04:00 PM

      I buy Echire from McEwans...they have unsalted an demi-sel...it's yummy!

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        gautxori Feb 28, 2010 06:35 AM

        I have bought it at Cumbrae on Church Street and the Cheese Shop on Ripley.

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          faijay May 7, 2009 11:36 AM

          I bought some at SLM at Alex's farm just this weekend. I don't know it they have it at their store on Bayview. OMG it's declicious. They must be sneaking it into the country.

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          1. re: faijay
            acd123 May 7, 2009 11:48 AM

            I saw Echire at Sheffler's last week.

            1. re: acd123
              estufarian May 7, 2009 12:52 PM

              Be careful at Schefflers - check the expiry date carefully; they sometimes have old stock.

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            Tinpot Mar 12, 2009 07:44 AM

            For those east of Toronto, Echiré is being sold at Herma's north of Port Hope... $17.99/250ml

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              stapler Jun 16, 2008 05:49 AM

              La fromagerie on College near Ossington is selling a Quebecoise butter that is lovely. Spread cold on baguette from Pain Perdu, which he also sells, sprinkly with sea salt and it's a gorgeous nibble!

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              1. re: stapler
                CoffeeAddict416 Jan 10, 2009 08:11 AM

                i just got some salted Echire

                Dunno if it`s worth $15 though for 250g
                I`ve been told it`s expensive in France too but this is a bit too much on a regular basis
                I`ll stick to lactancia for the most part

                1. re: CoffeeAddict416
                  estufarian Jan 12, 2009 06:42 AM

                  Seems like your tastes are similar to mine. Keep the Echire for myself!
                  BUT - I can't find the salted lactantia cultured butter any more - only the unsalted cultured ar the salted churned. It ALWAYS used to be at Fiesta Farms - until a couple of weeks back - have you found that recently?

                  1. re: estufarian
                    embee Jan 12, 2009 06:52 AM

                    My experience also...

                    1. re: estufarian
                      CoffeeAddict416 Jan 12, 2009 06:58 AM

                      I typically buy unsalted cultured so i don't keep my eyes peeled for the saled variety
                      I'll keep my eyes peeled for salted cultured though'

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                        estufarian Jan 13, 2009 04:49 AM

                        Thanks - right now I'm sprinkling Maldon salt on the cultured unsalted. it's a worthwhile hassle!

                        1. re: estufarian
                          embee Jan 16, 2009 09:36 AM

                          There's a large stock of salted cultured at the Cherry St T&T of all places.

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                            estufarian Jan 16, 2009 12:04 PM

                            Thanks Embee. Once I emerge from hibernation, that's where I'm headed.

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                              peppermint pate Jan 16, 2009 01:31 PM

                              I was at About Cheese last week and they have been working with a small Ontario dairy (whose name escapes me) to come up with a local source for salted cultured butter. I bought some and it's delicious. I'm sorry but I forget the name but it comes in a gold foil wrapper and it's the only one on offer. I've never had Echire so I can't compare but perhaps it's worth a try.

                              1. re: peppermint pate
                                estufarian Jan 16, 2009 02:09 PM

                                Drove past there (but didn't stop) on each of Tue/Wed/Thur this week!
                                Maybe next week. Thanks.
                                I'm always looking for great butter - but the Canadian version I found at the Cheese Boutique(from Ottawa Valley) was churned (not cultured), was unsalted - and cost double what other butters cost - so I've been a little gun-shy (ha-ha - guns vs butter - and totally accidental until I'd typed it) on artisinal Ontario product.

                                1. re: estufarian
                                  peppermint pate Jan 16, 2009 04:52 PM

                                  FYI, it's called Traditions of Thornloe and made by Thornloe Cheese. The label describes it as cultured "light" (?) butter, salted. I remember thinking it was expensive. I'm so used to eating unsalted butter that I think I get a little giddy just from the salt hit, never mind the rest of it, but I've been enjoying it as a treat.

                      2. re: estufarian
                        jayt90 Jan 16, 2009 04:34 PM

                        That other farm store, Highland Farms, is selling it at $6 lb.
                        (I say farm store because they really do have a farm at Lakeridge and Hwy 2 in Ajax.)
                        I am not familiar with the uncultured process. In grade 2 I learned how to churn butter, but it was fresh cream from a nearby farm.

                        1. re: estufarian
                          estufarian Mar 26, 2010 09:33 PM

                          Salted Cultured Butter (Lactantia) is back in stock at Fiesta Farms. Yay!

                          Fiesta Farms
                          200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                      Cat123 Jun 15, 2008 07:14 PM

                      Echire is at Scheffler's in SLM.

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                      1. re: Cat123
                        estufarian Jun 16, 2008 07:39 AM

                        Also at Olliffe (near Summerhill LCBO).

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                        Janine Jun 15, 2008 06:41 PM

                        I was doing a google on this and found this...it's sold by www.shaycheese.ca in GTA, delivered to your door.

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                        1. re: Janine
                          psyrel Jun 17, 2008 02:19 PM

                          I tried this (along with many wonderful cheeses) at the Cookbook Store in mid May during the Sante wine festival. Andy Shay told us that the butter was previously unavailable in Ontario and he had only gotten it within the last 2 weeks. It was simply the most incredible butter I'd ever tasted. I bought a 250g amount (in a little wooden basket) for $15.

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                          faijay Aug 3, 2007 10:44 PM

                          Just a couple of weeks ago I spoke to the guy at the cheese store, bemoaning that we did not get good butter in Ontario. Not only, do we not get stuff from Europe, the Ontario Milk Board keeps out good higher fat butters from Quebec.

                          1. Recyclor Aug 2, 2007 03:22 PM

                            ..you might already know this,but, Eshire butter is actually deemed illegal in Canada, the law states dairy products from Europe must be 60 days old before import, there might be a pasturization thing in there too...I've heard Normandy Butter is allowed and some say it's even better...I haven't tried it yet...

                            Contrex?..is that a specialized diet water?

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                            1. re: Recyclor
                              lilith Aug 2, 2007 04:54 PM

                              Thanks, didn't know they were illegal.
                              And yes, Contrex is the special water. I checked their website and they listed France, Switzerland, Germany, Czech, USA, and Japan but not Canada, so I wondered if they were imported at all...

                              1. re: lilith
                                foodie_expat Aug 3, 2007 11:10 AM

                                If you ever go on a road trip to Michigan, you can get Echire butter at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor:


                                1. re: foodie_expat
                                  estufarian Aug 6, 2007 02:02 PM

                                  But it's ILLEGAL to bring it back!!!!!!!!!
                                  I described my experience on another thread of being treated like a criminal for bringing in butter which was taken away multi-bagged to be incinerated!
                                  PS - They TOLD me it was illegal - but wouldn't provide me with any "rules" and I cannot find anything on any government website that describes the rules under which it was seized.

                                  1. re: estufarian
                                    foodie_expat Aug 7, 2007 04:47 AM

                                    I regularly bring butter back, although I admit that I've never tried to bring back Echire. I just say that I have groceries and they let me through.

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