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redradish Apr 16, 2008 12:49 PM

Does anyone know where I can find delicious French butter in TO (like Plugra, etc)? TIA

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  1. estufarian Apr 16, 2008 01:44 PM

    it's illegal - thanks to your protective Provincial Government! So you'll have to know someone who has it under the counter. You can't get Quebec butter either.

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      redradish Apr 16, 2008 02:10 PM

      you mean the us fda is more tolerant than the folks on this side of the border? hard to believe...i used to get such great butter in nyc. sigh.

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        OnDaGo Apr 16, 2008 02:14 PM

        Pick up toronto life this month they have a spread (pardon the pun) on this issue (cheese, butter, and milk) interesting thing is they say it is illegal to ship a certain unpasturized cheese from New Brunswick to Ontario (it is legal to make and serve in New Brunswick) but a similar French Cheese is perfectly legal to be imported into Ontario!!!

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          estufarian Apr 16, 2008 02:49 PM

          Not quite!
          The key is the 60-day rule (which Toronto Life refers to, but doesn't really explore fully).
          Interestingly (for me) it's the Provincial Government that regulates this. The feds are REQUIRED under Federal Trade Agreements to allow certain agricultural products into canada. However the PROVINCIAL Governments don't sign International agreements and that's where the issues arise. Canada can (and must) admit certain goods, but Ontario then bans them.
          Note the conflict here - it's LEGAL to Import into Canada (which seems to include Ontario) but ILLEGAL to sell it!
          But I've had butter confiscated by the Feds (Agricultural department) - despite the fact that they couldn't show me ANY Documentation to support the action. They then put it in a garbage bag and then into a large container on wheels marked INCINERATION. And laughed at me when they wheeled it away.
          And I bought the same butter in a store in Toronto the same week (presumably illegally - but I didn't know it was available here).

          1. re: estufarian
            foodie_expat Apr 18, 2008 06:14 AM

            I regularly bring Plugra, etc., up over the border without incident.

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      miranda Apr 16, 2008 02:15 PM

      Check out Andy Shay's Website...shaycheese.ca.....Miranda

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        redradish Apr 16, 2008 03:28 PM

        Thanks. I'll check this out. I've been salivating thinking about good high-milk-fat butter on warm, fresh bread...mmmmmmmm

      2. JamieK Apr 16, 2008 02:39 PM

        I had some delicious Beurre d'Echire AOC a few weeks ago from a vendor in the vicinity of Front between Church and Jarvis (started with an 'S' I think). Amazingly creamy and tasty, simply the best butter I've ever tasted. It was semi-salted, cultured, churned butter from Normandie.

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          estufarian Apr 16, 2008 02:44 PM

          But watch the expiry date closely at Scheffler's. I've had rancid Italian butter from there.

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          Apprentice Apr 16, 2008 02:54 PM

          I've purchased a butter from Pusateri's (Ave/Law location) that I think was from Quebec. Had a "cheese-like" taste to it. Actually I think it's still in my fridge! I'll post back.

          I too have been searching for some decent spread similar to what I'd get at any "high-end" restaurant.

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            estufarian Apr 16, 2008 02:59 PM

            It may be from a farm in Ottawa valley. I've seen that in a few stores.

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              Apprentice Apr 16, 2008 08:44 PM

              The butter is: Beurre Ancestral Butter it says product of Canada but the address is from Quebec.

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                redradish Apr 17, 2008 08:28 AM

                Thanks. I'll check it out.

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            TexSquared Apr 17, 2008 01:32 PM

            If you want Plugras (or any other premium, imported butter) you'll have to drive down to Wegmans in Niagara Falls. All about the damn dairy cartel... Read more about it here:


            Price collusion in Canada is not limited to the gas stations...

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              plavka Apr 17, 2008 08:13 PM

              Saveur featured butters in a recent issue and I was suprised at how many Canadian butters made their list.


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                Apprentice Apr 18, 2008 08:38 AM

                Thanks for the link. Based on that list I've been presumptuous (or maybe pretentious) by intentionally ignoring some readily available butters at the local grocery. I’ll try them and see if those suit my needs.

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                To Market To Market Apr 18, 2008 10:19 AM

                I recently got "Ancestral Butter" made in Notre Dame du-Lac, Quebec at the Fromagerie le Detour from the Thin Blue Line cheese shop on Roncesvalles. I think I paid about $8.00.

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                  caviar_and_chitlins Apr 18, 2008 11:57 AM

                  psst- Plugra is American!

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