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wciu Jul 27, 2008 01:29 PM

Doing some baking experiments and found that the butter I've been using (Lactantia) is not as aromatic as I want. Anyone has any idea where I can find better and more aromatic better?

Thanks

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  1. Googs RE: wciu Jul 27, 2008 02:17 PM

    Have you considered doing your own butter blends?

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      magic RE: wciu Jul 27, 2008 04:43 PM

      If you're looking for sweetness President's Choice has a "Normandy" style butter. Very sweet. It's nice but personally I have to be in the mood for it as it is quite sweet. And very aromatic. I haven't found any in No Frills but pretty much any Loblaws or Superstore would carry it.

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        mrbozo RE: magic Jul 27, 2008 05:54 PM

        Are you looking for cultured butter or flavoured butter?

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          wciu RE: mrbozo Jul 27, 2008 09:23 PM

          I am looking for cultured butter.

          I am making laminated pastry for tart shells, after a few tries, the texture is similar to what I had before the but aroma is not quite there. So I am just hoping to see if other kinds of butter would make it better.

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            mrbozo RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 08:45 AM

            Out of curiosity, what butter did you previously use that gave you satisfactory results?

            As mentioned by others in this thread President's Choice does make a Normandy style butter. L'Ancêtre Bio Organic is the Québec butter referred to below. You can buy it at Fiesta Farms on Christie.Organic Meadow (an Ontario producer) butter is also available at FF.

            And, yes, if you visit Québec you will find a vast array of artisanal cheeses and butters. Here's an article on the latter: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

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              wciu RE: mrbozo Jul 28, 2008 01:21 PM

              Thanks for the info. It wasn't something that I used before, rather what I had in Hong Kong that I am trying to reproduce. That's why I am looking for suggestions. :)

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                mrbozo RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 01:33 PM

                Hmmm, what did you have? Is it possible that lard was used?

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          wciu RE: magic Jul 27, 2008 09:24 PM

          Normandy style butter huh? Didn't know about that. I live quite close to a Superstore, may be I'll drop by tomorrow to see if I can find it. Wonder if the moisture content in that butter is lower as well...

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            embee RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 07:35 AM

            It has a slightly higher fat content and would, logically, have a slightly lower moisture content. There IS a difference, which some people notice but many others don't.

            It would probably be helpful for your tart shells. Simply spread on neutral crackers, I'm not so sure.

            I gather there are many artisanal butters you can get in Quebec, but only one of these is legal in Ontario. Pusateri's carries this one, but I believe it is salted. There's a decent chance that a few major cheese sources might have some options, such as All the Best or a couple of places in the Queensway area.

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              itryalot RE: wciu Jul 29, 2008 12:14 PM

              Love the PC Normandy. Buy it when eating it fresh and make curls out of it. Delish.

          2. estufarian RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 08:22 AM

            Although I haven't tried any 'baking' tests, I've reported on several threads about 'taste'.
            Regrettably (for you) I would have recommended the Lactantia - all around the best 'value' - I've found a few other butters that are comparable - but all more expensive (there's a brand called 'Organic Meadow' that's fairly widely available, but no better (IMO) and costs about 50% more).
            Absolutely I would recommend the President's Choice - although (as mentioned above) it is definitely sweeter to the taste, so I'm not sure how well it will fare in baking (both salted and unsalted available). There was a 'My Compliments' version available at one time (less sweet) but it hasn't been seen in my local supermarket for some time.

            One solution that may help - you can sometimes find 'whey butter' for sale. I'm not a complete fan, but find that when mixed with lactantia I get a pretty good 'blend' that has something 'extra'. I use AT LEAST 50% Lactantia though.
            There is a revolving selection of imported butter at Schefflers (In St Lawrence market), but last time I checked didn't see any cultured butters - and be SURE to check expiry dates there as Schefflers are not too concerned about removing items past the expiry date. I've had rancid butter from there in the past.

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              wciu RE: estufarian Jul 28, 2008 01:41 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions. I do agree that Lactantia is one of the better ones, but I only tried a few brands so I was thinking there might be some special ones around that I didn't know about. These are great feedback, and I'll definitely test them out and report back.

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                MarkhamDee RE: estufarian Jan 31, 2009 04:52 PM

                If you're looking for Whey Butter for that blend, one source I've found is Reid's Dairy. Here in Markham they seem to have it consistently, and at the same price as their regular butter. Check http://www.reidsdairy.com/stores.htm to see if there's a location near you. Good luck!

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                torontogourmet RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 04:46 PM

                I'm all about the Normandy style butter. It's really the closest I have come to French butter. Even after ordering the Echire Beurre after reading a previous post about butter... I think PC wins! Even the salted is as good as the unsalted.

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                  dcArtisan RE: torontogourmet Jun 21, 2012 02:31 AM

                  Echire is one of the great butters on planet earth.

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                  Janine RE: wciu Jul 28, 2008 07:29 PM

                  here's a previous link on butter
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/427255

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                    CoffeeAddict416 RE: wciu Jan 16, 2009 02:48 PM

                    thought i'd insert an interesting find
                    I was googling to look for alternatives to Rob Howland's langdon hall butter which doesn't seem to be avail through the website as promised a while back (www.thebutterworks.com) and came across Saveur's list of 30 great butters
                    Canada did alright actually! Check it out:

                    Stirling http://www.saveur.com/gallery/30-Grea...
                    Liberte Goat Milk http://www.saveur.com/gallery/30-Grea... (avail in ont i think
                    )Lactancia http://www.saveur.com/gallery/30-Grea...
                    L'Ancentre http://www.saveur.com/gallery/30-Grea... (never seen it here before)

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                      Chester Eleganté RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 26, 2009 12:38 PM

                      ca416 - Ambrosia up in Thornhill carries that L'Ancetre butter, for $5.49 I believe. They might be able to get the Liberte goat butter as well if you ask nicely..

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                        CoffeeAddict416 RE: Chester Eleganté Jan 26, 2009 12:45 PM

                        I actually saw the liberte goat milk butter at big carrot this past weekend and saw the stirling butter at st lawrence mkt north saturday morning.

                        Is it just me or was stirling like everywhere a long time ago?

                        Thanks for the heads up on the l'ancetre. I'm hardly ever up there though. If i see it downtown I'll try and post it in this thread

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                          Chester Eleganté RE: CoffeeAddict416 Feb 21, 2009 12:46 PM

                          I saw both the L'Ancetre and the Liberté at Planet Organic as well recently. However, they only have locations in Thornhill and Port Credit.

                          btw, Loblaw's currently has Lactancia butters on sale for $2.99.

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                            jayt90 RE: Chester Eleganté Feb 21, 2009 12:49 PM

                            If that is $2.99 /lb of Lactancia salted or unsalted, I'll be heading there tonight!

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                              Chester Eleganté RE: jayt90 Feb 21, 2009 01:41 PM

                              should cover whatever they have in stock!

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                                jayt90 RE: Chester Eleganté Feb 21, 2009 03:21 PM

                                I was able to get as much unsalted Lactantia at Loblaw as I wanted. No salted was on the shelf.
                                What was on sale was regular churned Lactantia; the cultured "My Country" was still $6/lb.

                                I also picked up U.S. back ribs, in cryovac, at $3/lb.
                                I'm sure the other chains will follow through with sales on Canadian back ribs.

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                                  iamafoodie RE: jayt90 Feb 22, 2009 05:51 AM

                                  Jay, good deal. If you got a lot of butter, to preserve its flavor put the packages in freezer bags and suck out as much air as possible with a straw before zipping closed. They will keep well 90 days down low and back in your freezer.

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                                    Googs RE: jayt90 Feb 22, 2009 06:09 AM

                                    It has to be Lactantia's cultured, unsalted for me. I'd pay double for that. In fact I just did yesterday. At least the nice check-out person pointed out it wasn't the sale one before she rang it through. Don't care. Gotta be the cultured, unsalted.

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                                      jayt90 RE: Googs Aug 17, 2013 01:34 PM

                                      Re-reading this string, Googs, you are right. The rest of us blindly bought the regular grade Lactantia , salted or unsalted, but not cultured. I have now seen this go on sale many times, but cultured, never.

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                          rhowland RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 28, 2009 06:56 PM

                          Hey Coffee,

                          I don't think I ever said that you could buy the butter via a web site (sorry if I gave that impression) but that you could check out the web site to find out when we would be able to sell it. Any-who we have teamed up with MonForte dairy and we will be able to sell the butter soon! Great list by the way.

                          Glad so many people are interested in good butter!

                          Rob

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                            CoffeeAddict416 RE: rhowland Jan 29, 2009 04:33 AM

                            Sorry Rob I guess I had misunderstood regarding the website
                            Glad to hear I'll finally be able to get at your butter without making the trek to Langdon Hall

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                              Googs RE: rhowland Jan 31, 2009 06:05 AM

                              Bring the MonForte whey-fed pork with the butter to the SLM and you can definitely colour me there.

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                              Degustation RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 29, 2009 01:19 PM

                              I just saw L'Acentre at the Shoppers on Mt Pleasant just south of Eglinton - $5.49

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                                Epicure3333 RE: Degustation Jan 29, 2009 03:07 PM

                                Chabichou, the new cheese store on harbord has all sorts of interesting goast butters as well as french style butter and butter actually from france

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                                  acd123 RE: Epicure3333 Jan 29, 2009 06:43 PM

                                  Where is the new cheese store on Harbord?

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                                    Epicure3333 RE: acd123 Jan 29, 2009 07:28 PM

                                    The south side of Harbord and Borden, just east of bathurst. Across from Central Tech high school.

                            3. Conductorchris RE: wciu Mar 25, 2009 05:54 PM

                              My wife and I did a little tasting experiment tonight for dinner.

                              I was driving around out in the Hastings area and I picked up some local products. A pound of Stirling Creamery Salted Butter and a pound of Stirling Creamery "Hastings" Whey Butter. I also picked up a pound of Mapledale Extra Old Cheddar Cheese and Empire Cheese 4 year Supreme Cheddar as well as a baggie of Mapledale Cheese Curd.
                              We tried them all with two types of bread. 1st was a Winnipeg Rye that I picked up at the Marmora Valu-mart and a cook at home baguette from Ace Bakery (available at Costco).
                              I also served some Neilson butter just to see the difference.

                              Results:
                              Neilson Butter hasn't any taste at all
                              Stirling Creamery Salted Butter was very creamy and a nice level of salt, but pretty mild.
                              Hastings Whey Butter was the absolute winner by far. So much taste and so creamy.

                              Mapledale curd probably could use more salt but was pretty dull. Maybe it was not very fresh. But curd has been a personal favourite since I was a child and my family would buy huge bags for next to nothing from the Harold Cheese Factory outside Stirling. I get it so rarely that I am just happy to have it. But....it just doesn't seem as good as it used to be.

                              The Mapledale Extra Old would have been great it it wasn't served next to the Empire 4 yr Old Supreme. The Empire was SO good you couldn't even compare the Mapledale in flavour. I don't know how long Mapledale ages their Extra Old so I can't say it was a straight up challenge. But the Empire was the winner by a mile. Try it.

                              Chris

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                                tbonetak RE: Conductorchris Mar 26, 2009 05:56 AM

                                Empire Supreme is hands-down my favourite Ontario cheddar! If you see the 5- and 6-yr-old versions, give them a go too. The 6-yr old can be a bit strong for the more mildly-inclined, but I love it. Whenever I stop by the factory store, I usually wind up dropping a whole bunch of cash stocking up.

                              2. TheDewster RE: wciu Nov 30, 2010 06:36 AM

                                Pusateri's had Thornloe dairies butter, and a weird circular block called buerre ancienne? which was hard as cheese and cultured closest to Beurre d'Isigny I've had.

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                                1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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                                  serbianbelle RE: wciu Nov 30, 2010 07:51 AM

                                  This is most interesting to read. I'm familiar with some brands but I like butter with pronounced flavour.

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                                    TheDewster RE: serbianbelle Mar 7, 2011 08:10 AM

                                    Found Echire Buerre at Provincial foods on Church st next to Cumbrae's meats.

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                                    481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

                                  2. Chester Eleganté RE: wciu Jan 31, 2012 11:11 PM

                                    You gotta try Montforte's, they churn it themselves (using Organic meadow cream, iirc).

                                    Oliffe's has a new 84% high fat butter from Stirling, another must-try (they also have the whey butter). May find this at Healthy Butcher too.

                                    http://goodfoodrevolution.wordpress.c...

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                                      Googs RE: Chester Eleganté Feb 2, 2012 12:06 PM

                                      Wow that Stirling Creamery website has everything EXCEPT A LIST OF RETAILERS. Sheesh.

                                      http://www.stirlingcreamery.com/

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                                        magic RE: Googs Feb 2, 2012 06:52 PM

                                        I know a few of the cheese shops in the (South) St. Lawrence Market do carry Stirling. Specifically, I seem to remember the cheese place in the Southeast corner stocking it. Probably other shops there as well.

                                        Culinarium might as well.

                                        Possibly Fiesta Farms, Pusateri`s, and the other usual suspects (Cheese Boutique??) - which I know are not in your general area.

                                        Scaramouche used to use Stirling. Not sure if they still do.

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                                          Googs RE: magic Feb 3, 2012 07:10 AM

                                          It's even possible that Metro would carry it. They're cheese selections are pretty good compared to other major grocers. Why not have Stirling? Now where can you find that out? If only someone had invented a searchable information repository. Hmmmmmm

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                                            magic RE: Googs Feb 3, 2012 07:31 AM

                                            I make it my business to know those kinds of offerings, and I've never seen Stirling at a Metro or any other large chain grocer. Maybe I've missed it, but as far as I know, no large chain currently carries Stirling :(

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                                              Conductorchris RE: magic Jan 15, 2013 10:16 AM

                                              I've found Stirling butter at the Valumart in Marmora. And at the grocery store in Norwood.

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                                            acd123 RE: magic Feb 3, 2012 08:33 AM

                                            Fiesta Farms carries Stirling.

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                                              magic RE: acd123 Feb 3, 2012 08:53 AM

                                              As I suspected. Thx.

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                                                magic RE: acd123 Feb 5, 2012 03:49 PM

                                                Was at FF today and there did not seem to be any unsalted Stirling - just salted and whey. Perhaps they were just out?

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                                                corinaci RE: magic Feb 3, 2012 09:53 AM

                                                Culinarium has it in three types - salted, non salted and whey, about $6-$7.

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                                                  magic RE: corinaci Feb 3, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                  There you go.

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                                                  magic RE: magic Feb 11, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                  The place I was thinking of is Alex Farm in the SE corner of St. Lawrence Market (main south market).

                                                  Stirling for $5.99 per block.

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                                                  jayt90 RE: Googs Feb 3, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                  They have an e mail contact, and I have asked for location info on Churn 84 butter. I will report, if they reply.

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                                                    Googs RE: jayt90 Feb 6, 2012 07:13 AM

                                                    Until they decide to put retailers on their retail page, any luck with getting info to one person at a time via e-mail?

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                                                      jayt90 RE: Googs Feb 6, 2012 08:41 AM

                                                      Not a word from bill.w@stirlingcreamery.com
                                                      Maybe he can be nudged with several requests.
                                                      Be sure to specify high bf Churn 84.

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                                                        sbug206 RE: jayt90 Feb 6, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                        I got a reply that the 84% butter is available at Oliffe's, and The Healthy Butcher.
                                                        I just picked it up from from Oliffe's. $9 for a half pound.

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                                                          IndigoAttila RE: sbug206 Feb 7, 2012 03:46 PM

                                                          Thanks for the info. I picked some up at Oliffe's this morning. Holy crow is it ever good. Mild creamy flavour. Once you've had 84% butter fat, you'll never go back! lol

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                                                ghostdogg RE: wciu Feb 3, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                Scheffer's carries an AOP (Protectected Designation of Origin) butter from Normandy called D'Isigny, better than most butters made in Canada. Quite expensive, though (approx. $15).

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                                                  1sweetpea RE: ghostdogg Feb 3, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                  Does anyone carry Kerrygold butter from Ireland? I've seen ads in my food mags for it. I can get their cheddar and smoked cheddar, so perhaps the butter is available somewhere as well?

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                                                    bellybuster RE: 1sweetpea Feb 3, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                    i highly recommnd THE ART OF CHEESE on kingston road near victoria park! the owner seems to be a butter afficionado and stocks it from quite a few dairies. i forget the name of the dairy that produces the whey butter i tried there but it was certainly delicious!

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                                                      plug RE: 1sweetpea Feb 6, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                      Sweetpea ... hop over the ambassador bridge...

                                                      The Produce Station (Ann Arbor, MI)

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                                                        estufarian RE: plug Feb 6, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                        Not only is that a very long hop - but it's illegal to bring it back as well!

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                                                          plug RE: estufarian Feb 6, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                          its illegal?
                                                          why is that?

                                                          FYI - sweetpea i believe resides in Windsor now.. so its not a long hop at all.

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                                                            estufarian RE: plug Feb 6, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                            Private importations of Euripean butter are illegal - you need a permit.

                                                            Last time I brought in butter (Italian) it was confiscated and burned because of the risk of 'hoof and mouth disease'. Actually I can't prove it was burned. I just saw it wrapped in a bag and deposited in a container with a large stencil on its side saying INCINERATION.

                                                            When I protested that Italy has NEVER had a case of hoof and mouth disease it carried no weight - essentially ALL European butter is 'banned' unless imported with a permit.

                                                            You may well ask why it's illegal. This has been discussed several times on this Board.

                                                            My view is that it's to protect the Canadian Dairy industry!

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                                                              plug RE: estufarian Feb 6, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                              I know if i brought in goods (meats and dairy) from europe they would be confiscated but i 'thought' if its been imported already into the US we can bring it into canada. We used to go grocery shopping all the time in michigan and bring it into canada.
                                                              and butter is listed as a product on this site we can bring over
                                                              http://www.gonorthwest.com/Visitor/pl...

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                                                                1sweetpea RE: plug Feb 6, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                Yes, I live in Windsor. Yes, Ann Arbor is a long-ish hop, but a worthwhile one if I have a few reasons to go. I'm a bit torn, though. I had no idea there might be issues with bringing European butter into Canada from the U.S. For the most part, I find the Canadian customs agents in the booths pretty easy-going, especially if you declare something and have documents handy. But, I'd be tempted to buy a few things and have the bills handy, but just not mention the butter's origin whatsoever. Should I get run in for inspection, though, I might run into trouble, depending on how thorough the inspection is. I wonder if it would better if an American citizen friend were to bring it over for me, or would it make no difference who the person is transporting the "illegal" butter? Does anyone have any concrete details either way?

                                                                I almost never get run in for inspection, but all it takes is one time, so I'm reluctant these days to omit anything when declaring.

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                                                                  plug RE: 1sweetpea Feb 6, 2012 01:12 PM

                                                                  Call the Canadian border (customs) they will tell you if its ok.. i've called them a few times in the past with similar questions and they were quite hospitable.

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                                                                    1sweetpea RE: plug Feb 6, 2012 03:04 PM

                                                                    Will do. Thanks!

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                                                        Iron Buddha RE: 1sweetpea Feb 7, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                        bought Kerrygold spreadable butter (softer and more moisture content) when I was in Florida this Xmas and this is definitely better than ones I have tried here in TO.

                                                        Did see Sterling butter varieties in Galati supermarket on Leslie north of Finch a few months ago.

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                                                          Conductorchris RE: 1sweetpea Jan 15, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                          I had it all over Ireland this summer and then was surprised to find it in Wegman's in Orchard Park, NY (outside Buffalo).

                                                      3. jayt90 RE: wciu Jan 15, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                        I cannot easily find Lactancia cultured salted butter, but I use the unsalted cultured version almost as a staple. I was dismayed to learn that they sell a standard butter called Lactancia 'country churned' with little real flavor, but priced as low as $3/lb.
                                                        I have found an inexpensive salted butter that is very good, made by Ship Cove Creamery, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
                                                        It is stocked by Giant Tiger under the Spyglass label.

                                                        http://wikimapia.org/15346579/Ship-Cove

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                                                          estufarian RE: jayt90 Jan 16, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                          Fiesta Farms stocks Lactantia Cultured Salted Butter as a regular item.

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                                                            1sweetpea RE: estufarian Jan 16, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                            I'm pretty sure I saw Stirling Creamery butters at Whole Foods on Avenue Road in Toronto. They carry salted, unsalted and the whey butter, which is delicious, but pretty salty. It might be a problem for baking, unless you are confident that you can adjust the additional salt called for in recipes.

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                                                              jayt90 RE: estufarian Jan 16, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                              It's odd that Fiesta is the only source we know about. However, Giant Tiger is getting some products from small creameries, and I'll be checking them once in awhile.

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                                                                LUV_TO_EAT RE: jayt90 Jan 16, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                I think I saw Stirling Butter at Longos in Leaside.

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                                                                  jayt90 RE: jayt90 Aug 17, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                  Giant Tiger has Stirling salted this week on flyer special at $2.75 per pound.

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                                                                jayt90 RE: jayt90 Aug 17, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                Spyglass butter, salted, from Ship's Cove, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador,
                                                                is on sale at $2.75 per pound, at Giant Tiger until late next week.
                                                                At this time of year it is likely to be grass fed. The Google map shows nothing except pasture and a creamery on this verdant acreage of the Avalon.

                                                                Some GT's may also have Stirling salted at $2.75/lb; mine did not.

                                                              3. duckdown RE: wciu Jan 26, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                                Sobey's is selling bricks of some kind of new butter from PEI, it's in a yellow or black wrapper (salted or unsalted) and has a cartoon cow on the package. I was gonna buy it but we've already got enough in the fridge..

                                                                I can't remember the damn name of it though

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                                                                  sarahendipity RE: duckdown Jan 26, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                  If it's the same as we get in BC, it's insanely salty. I couldn't eat it. I do usually use unsalted, but if I'm eating it on plain bread I'll sprinkle it with salt. But that stuff was inedible.

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                                                                    iamafoodie RE: sarahendipity Jan 27, 2013 02:57 AM

                                                                    For a big flavor boost you may want to try the old restaurant trick for table butter of whipping browned butter ( aka beurre noisette) into softened fresh butter at the ratio of 1:2.

                                                                2. Chester Eleganté RE: wciu Jan 30, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                  Yummy Mart has one of the most diverse selections around. It changes a bit from time to time, but I have seen:

                                                                  Oselka
                                                                  Laciate
                                                                  Mlekovita - all 82% unsalted from Poland. Thumbing around some, Mlekovita (the Polskie Extra) is a top butter producer there and they claim to use 'extra class' milk from what's called the Green Lungs of Poland, their ecologically cleanest region. And that it's high in vitamins A, D, & carotenoids, so it does imply a pastured product. Taste is fine but lighter than I like, as is the colour.

                                                                  Mehadrin from Israel

                                                                  Stirling 84% and whey butter

                                                                  L'Ancetre salted (primarily pastured)

                                                                  Hewitt's goat butter

                                                                  Lactancia unsalted cultured

                                                                  Laziza ghee

                                                                  a so called Amish butter from Philly

                                                                  Personally, I use Purity Farms organic pastured ghee (from Wisconsin) and it's great with a deep rich flavour and aroma. Locally, St. Francis Herb Farms makes a similar product albeit more expensive.
                                                                  http://www.purityfarms.com/

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                                                                    Chester Eleganté RE: Chester Eleganté Jan 30, 2013 03:35 PM

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                                                                    panko RE: wciu Aug 17, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                    My favourite butter is from http://www.portuguesecheese.com/Chees...

                                                                    It is salty and delicious.

                                                                    Not sure where they sell it in store but you can buy directly from the factory.

                                                                    You can reach us by email at:

                                                                    info@portuguesecheese.com

                                                                    or write us at

                                                                    Portuguese Cheese Company
                                                                    2 Buckingham Street
                                                                    Toronto, Ontario
                                                                    M8Y 2W1

                                                                    Telephone: 416 259-4349

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