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Danada Feb 1, 2010 10:43 AM

Hi there,

I'm looking for the best butter and eggs I can get hold of in Toronto for some baking. Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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    Khadija Feb 1, 2010 11:04 AM

    I've tried a very wide range of butters for baking over the years. I've used everything from standard supermarket brands to imported European butters to various organic and locally produced butters. My standard has become Organic Meadow, which is available at most supermarkets and natural foods stores. I find it has a delicious sweet flavour, which becomes cheesier as the butter ages (especially if you keep it on the counter). Organic Meadow also makes milk, but I prefer Harmony.

    For eggs, if you can possibly manage, I'd try to get them from a farm or someone connected to a farm. I have a regular supply out of Kingston, which doesn't help you, but I can attest that the eggs are vastly superior to anything I could get from a store. When that supply fails, I get eggs from a vendor at the Wychwood farmers' market.

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      Janine Feb 1, 2010 08:21 PM

      the best butter I've had so far is beurre echire. I did buy some over xmas at st.lawrence markets as listed in this thread. I don't know if you'd want to bake with it as it is so good but I did consider making shortbread with it just to see how good it would be.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/427255
      I get fresh farm eggs at the market too. though sadly, the original egg man died late 2009 and new people are there selling eggs on the north side of the market. on saturdays, they have thursday eggs there..so I think that's pretty fresh.

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        Danada Feb 2, 2010 04:30 AM

        Thanks guys. I'll have a look next time I'm around SLM. I used Organic Meadow last time and it was very nice. I'm honestly not sure that I could tell them difference between different butters and eggs when used in baking, but I'd like to investigate.

      2. PoppiYYZ Sep 30, 2010 06:39 AM

        I share your quest for great butter Danada. Have you had any luck?

        One needs an amazing butter to go with great breads or muffins (low-carbers be gone!). Although the standard waxy supermarket butter maybe fine for cooking, I long for a real quality butter when eating it "straight".

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          Arcadiaseeker Sep 30, 2010 07:13 AM

          I agree on the butter side - it really just matters if it's salted or not depending on your needs and tastes. I always go pretty cheap and cheerful when it comes to butter for baking - it's Lactantia unsalted for the rest.

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            estufarian Sep 30, 2010 02:37 PM

            For me the best around is also Lactantia. BUT it must be the Cultured Butter. I much prefer the salted - but it's become hard to find. Only place I've found that regularly stocks it is Fiesta Farms - who, incidentally, have the best selection overall.

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        2. jlunar Sep 30, 2010 10:46 AM

          I noticed some locally-made butter in the fridge at About Cheese. Didn't pick it up yet, as I have a brick of Kerrygold still to consume... but it's on my mental list of stuff to try!

          However, Echire and the like aren't butters I'd bake with. Though I would be happy to pick up a spoon...

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            millygirl Sep 30, 2010 02:50 PM

            Kawartha Diary butter is our fav!

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              PoppiYYZ Apr 1, 2012 06:15 AM

              Tried two Canadian specialty butters from About Cheese on Church a while back and they were terrible. More like a bad overripe French Triple Cream cheese than butter. Unfortunately they didn't have any imported butter.

              However, tried the German Maggle Alpenbutter on a recent trip to the states and it is to die for ! Available in specialty European shops and it blows the doors off Kerrygold and Double Devon.

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              ctl98 Apr 1, 2012 06:47 AM

              I like Stirling creamery butter, which is available in many natural food stores and the usual suspects (Pusateri's, McEwan, etc). For eggs, I've been happy with Rowe's farms free range eggs, which is available in the organics section of Real Canadian Superstore.

              Both are readily available in places close to me to so that's a bonus.

              1. jayt90 Apr 1, 2012 07:38 AM

                Best eggs I have found, by far (worth a side trip) are at the farmgate, 1516 Napperton Dr., Kerwood ON.
                Rich, brightly flavored orange yolks, extra large, from mature hens at $2/dozen. The hens go outside all year, and are now past their first moult. Much better than organic free range, or free run but enclosed barn eggs.

                 
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                  Herne Apr 1, 2012 07:54 AM

                  Thanks jayt90. I looked up Kerwood on the map and will be passing near there this summer--once --and I will try to find and buy the eggs. My GPS got lost on the way from Toronto to Fergus so I'm leery about such a trip without some preparations::).

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                    acd123 Apr 1, 2012 02:41 PM

                    Those yolks look like the real deal. I drive past there once in a while. I'll stop in next time, especially if my contraband TO sources are out. Just curious, how did you know it was a farm-gate operation? I didn't see any signage in google maps. How did you find them?

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                      foodyDudey Apr 1, 2012 02:44 PM

                      jayt90 visits his relatives out that way, and one of his relatives knows the people that sells the eggs

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                        Flexitarian Apr 1, 2012 06:42 PM

                        Does anyone know a source and in that I mean an exact address in and around the GTA where I can buy eggs like this from the farm gate? I've been on some wild goose chases (no pun intended) trying to get these types of eggs from the farm gate without an address and have not been successful because I never can seem to find the place without an exact address.

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                          jayt90 Apr 1, 2012 07:06 PM

                          Svetec Farms has free range hens and two or three retail sources. I have seen the operation, and the hens are out on grass or pasture whenever possible, although I'm not sure about their graded eggs.
                          http://svetecfarms.com/our-products.php

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                            foodyDudey Apr 1, 2012 07:37 PM

                            I haven't bought eggs from this place in about 2 1/2 years as we moved our horse, but you can try emailing and asking if they still have eggs. I'd suggest emailing instead of using the telephone number you may see on the website.

                            http://www.bluestarfarm.com/index_fil...

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