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    1. re: dinner belle

      Plugra has a high fat content and is the favorite of many chefs but, to me, the cultured aspect of it comes off as sour. The Strauss Family butter sold at Whole Foods is what Thomas Keller serves at the French Laundry.

      1. re: Bob Brooks

        I can see what you mean about the sourness -- never really bothered me, though. Wonder if they'll have Strauss Family on the east coast...

        1. re: Bob Brooks

          I use Strauss Family and Jana Valley. Plugra lists added flavoring on the label

          1. re: budlit

            Actually the ingredients are listed as "skillfully prepared from pasturized cream, natural flavor", not "added flavoring". Although I still do wonder what that means now.

            1. re: sivyaleah

              Right, thanks, I remembered it wrong. But I wonder what they mean by natural flavor.

          2. re: Bob Brooks

            I don't believe Plugra is cultured: http://www.kellerscreamery.com/our-br...

            To me, Plugra has a very sweet, "neutral" flavor. I do like cultured butter -- the cultured butter from Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. is delicious. http://www.vtbutterandcheeseco.com/cu...

        2. I love Presidente, a butter from Normandy. It is available at TJ's.

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          1. re: Richard 16

            Love Presidente - sweet, creamy, just the right saltiness. On occasion, I like Kerrygold from Ireland or will pick up an "interesting" butter from Whole Foods, but I usually stick with Presidente.

            1. re: Richard 16

              Ditto...I get mine from Whole Foods...Wonderful...One taste, you're spoiled forever...

            2. We like Kate's Homemade butter from Maine. Wild Oats carries it here north of Boston. It's made in small batches daily and has no preservative or additives - never frozen. It has a nice mild, fresh taste. We get both the unsalted and salted.
              http://www.kateshomemadebutter.com/

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              1. re: Gio

                It's also available in most Stop & Shops and Shaw's in the Boston area. It's my standard butter, and has been for years.

              2. Vermont Butter & Cheese Company - Cultured Butter. Lightly salted and good.

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                1. I love all butter but Isigny demi sel is my favorite especially when it is on something where the flavor of the butter really counts like toast or biscuits

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                  1. re: Candy

                    Ditto...love the Isigny demi sel...makes me think I'm in France!!!

                  2. Devonshire Clotted Cream butter, sold in rolls, is found at Whole Foods when it's available. Really rich.

                    1. I love the Kerrygold Salted butter. Lurpak is good too.

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                      1. re: HungryRubia

                        A second vote for Kerrygold! My wife prefers unsalted and buys Kate's Homemade, but I find not just the flavor but also the texture of Kerrygold to be better - it somehow is more spreadable, even when cold from the fridge.

                        Are we the only family with two active butter dishes (salted and unsalted) at all times?

                        1. re: BobB

                          I don't have 2 active butter dishes, but my "good butter" is for finishing sauces and for spreading on toast. I buy regular butter in bulk when it's on sale and I freeze it. That one is always unsalted.
                          I also made my own recently and it was ok. I think it's because I used regular supermarket cream and not high quality organic.

                      2. Smith's Creamery butter from Mt. Hermon, LA. Won a Rosengarden Report taste-test a few years ago. http://www.smithcreamery.com/