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Nov 11, 2008 04:51 PM

Burrata: Don't try the trader joe's version!

I should have known when i read the label (cow's milk, etc.) but I like a lot of the stuff at Trader Joes, so I bit on the Burrata. Don't. It's not even good mozzarella much less the sublime creamy stuff that is real burrata. Erszatz! Anyone who has found a great version recently, please tell me where. I have gotten good burrata at Formaggios but would love to find other sources.

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    1. I picked some up at Costco in Danvers a month or so ago and it was pretty good. Can't remember the brand.

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      1. re: Chris VR

        They sell Bel Gioso. It's pretty good, especially for the price, but it is cow's milk.

        As for Trader Joe's, I feel like their skill in merchandising makes we want to try so much, but every time I do, I hate whatever I try. I am about zero for forty.

        1. re: almansa

          almansa, 2 things: per my moniker, I am most picky. My first impressions of TrJ products, years ago, was ike yours. But since then I have become a fan of many of their things. The many things that don't fly I ALWAYS return for their no-questions-asked money-back policy. this policy of theirs has enabled me to venture forth and ultimately find many excellent items. if you would like my own TrJ recs/personal shopping list, email me at opinionatedchef@comcast.net and I'll gladly send it to you. Also, on General CH Topics board, if you do a Trader Joe's search, you'll find other's favs.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Please. Recommend away! I do live near the new Saugus store. And don't get me wrong: I can blow a hundred bucks there as quickly as the next guy. I'm down with a lot of the refrigerated product - it's just the dry goods and frozen private label stuff that have failed me. Like the frozen mixed wild mushrooms, for example. Or the jarred lentil soup.

            1. re: almansa

              Folks, please head to the Chains board to start a new discussion of Trader Joe's products, or join one already in progress. We'd prefer to keep this board focused on the great chow that's unique to the Boston area. Thanks.

      2. lionette's market had great burrata a few months ago.

        1. Fiore do Nonno is the best burrata I've ever had. They carry it at Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerville (call ahead - it goes quick), and it's available at the Davis Square Farmers' Market. They also sell it at the Sienna Farms stand at the Copley Square market.

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          1. re: cookboat55

            Have you ever tried imported Burrata from Italy? Salumeria Italiana is my go-to for this.

            FdN's is actually a "faux" burrata made, I believe, partly with yogurt. Its biggest asset is being made locally, so it tends to be really fresh. But I always find the flavor a little off compared to the Puglian stuff I really love.

            1. re: finlero

              I think the FdN stuff has mascarpone in it.

            2. re: cookboat55

              gotta agree with finlero here and say that I tried the FdN brand from Dave's fresh Pasta and thought it was pretty poor. The bellagioso burrata that you sometimes see in Capone's is better.

              1. re: ysb

                Is the FdN the one made in Somerville? Someone got me a sample of the local burrata and it was hard as a rock inside.

                1. re: almansa

                  Yep, that's the stuff. I wanted to like it but didn't. Agree with finlero that it's well worth it to get the imported stuff from Salumeria Italiana.

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