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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.

          3. I've been getting my imported Burrata at Wasik's Cheese shop in Wellesley..but they're done for the season. World class when you can get it.

            Just flew in from Philly and I'm literally eating one of the best burrata's I've ever had...a local artisan burrata made by DiBruno filled with mascarpone and black truffles.

            Available online at: http://www.dibruno.com/Detail.bok?no=...

            This stuff is REALLY good !

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            1. re: pondrat

              oooh, pondrat, you are a DANGEROUS CH!!

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                They have a sign in the window at Fresh Cheese saying they have it for 12.99, but I haven't tried it.

              2. re: pondrat

                Thanks for for dibruno it was fantastic some of the best I've tried!!!!

                1. re: babyblue

                  Happy it worked for you babyblue !

                2. re: pondrat

                  We visited DiBrunos on our last trip to Philadelphia. We were meeting friends from around the country. Many of them had enjoyed wonderful cheese from Formaggio when they visited us in Boston. We knew we had real cheese lovers and wanted to bring a great cheese tray to the gathering. I researched where to buy it and wished I had know about that burrata.

                  I still love our own Formaggio and don't know if I would want them to get that big and I certainly wouldn't want to shop from that much wrapped cheese.

                  1. re: BostonZest

                    I agree about the prepackaged stuff...but I also found myself just tossing random meat and cheese packages in my basket like one of those 5 minute shop-a-rama competitions.

                    I'm embarrassed to say I haven't been to Formaggio, but I hope to solve that problem today.