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Liberté chèvre crème fraîche

This has just shown up in local stores. Same container as the cow's milk crème fraîche, though with blue printing like the rest of the Liberté goat's milk line and, if I recall correctly, 35%MF versus 40%. Would have bought a tub for the gratin dauphinois I made on the weekend had I not already scored some lovely raw (cow's) milk Comté.

No mention of goat's milk crème fraîche on the Liberté website -- http://liberte.qc.ca -- which is in serious need of an updating.

Anybody tried it? What about possible uses? Am thinking it might be pretty awesome on fresh fruit. Wild blueberries with a dollop of chèvre crème fraîche and a drizzle of blueberry honey, anyone?

And speaking of Liberté, isn't it about time they brought out an unadulterated, unultrapasteurized organic heavy cream?

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  1. thank you for the insight
    just the perfect product I was looking for to make butter at home (goat milk gave shuddering results)
    ( to remind me of the nostalgia of fresh butter made from buffalo's milk)
    will report back after I locate it in downtown

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    1. re: divya

      I'm also happy with this news since I can't eat cow products anymore and spend some time hunting around for goat and sheep alternatives. Btw, the Liberté's goat butter is very good, divya, so you might want to try it before resorting to making your own. It's a relief to have a real product instead of oily margarine.

      What shops have the chevre creme fraiche?

      1. re: Plateaumaman

        The tubs I saw were at ExoFruits on Côtes-des-Neiges and the nearby Marché du Village on the corner of Lacombe and Gatineau.

        1. re: carswell

          I found some at the IGA on Cote St-Luc, next to the regular crème fraîche. I haven't figured out how to use it, but I just had to take one!

          1. re: carswell

            Thanks carswell. I should be in that area tomorrow (sadly, for a wake). I do hope it is available in or near JTM or in Plateau/Mile End district as well. I also have a cow's milk intolerance.

            divya, Liberté goat butter is fine. It isn't worth your while to make it, at least in economic terms.

            1. re: lagatta

              lagatta
              i will take ur wisdom and not try my experiments with chèvre crème fraîche, to make goat butter.
              have u seen any goat butter around!
              thanks

              1. re: divya

                divya, not uncommon at all. I know they carry Liberté goat butter at Alfalfa natural foods shop at JTM and at PA supermarket on Parc. Think Loblaws, Provigo etc with natural foods sections carry it as well. Just check any natural foods shop or well-stocked supermarket in your own neighbourhood - I've seen it many places.

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      2. Oh my goodness - that sounds fabulous. I’ve never even heard of such a thing. How does it taste in comparison to regular crème fraiche? Does it have the slight funkiness of other goat derived dairy products?

        Right now I’m trying to imagine how this tastes. It’s making me think of Middle Eastern desserts. Honey, pomegranates, pistachios, walnuts... Oh yes... my, my... Lot's of possibilities.

        1. Carswell wrote: "And speaking of Liberté, isn't it about time they brought out an unadulterated, unultrapasteurized organic heavy cream?"

          I couldn't agree more. We have all the pieces of the puzzle to do this in Quebec but it's almost unknown. The majors all insist in putting gums and crap in their cream. Liberté would be perfectly set up to make this but, when I called them and asked, they said it wasn't possible. Sigh. Maybe if more people ask then they'll get the hint and actually start to make this.

          Paul.

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          1. re: pyropaul99

            I have this same thought EVERY time i have to buy 35% cream! I sent them an email asking if they could do it....i wonder why they say it isnt possible? do those additives also prolong shelf-life?

          2. We're going to leave the information about local product availability here on the Quebec board (though Liberte distributes outside of Quebec), but we'd ask that if the discussion gets into recipes and how best to use the different products that you take that thread to Home Cooking. You can post a link here to a thread you start there so everyone can find it.

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            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              They distribute a limited range of products outside of Quebec. AFAIK this isn't one of them.

            2. I've located this Liberté chèvre crème fraîche in Petite-Patrie, slightly east of JTM, at Mondiana, on Bélanger just east of Christophe-Colomb, and in the southwestern Plateau at Segall's, on St-Laurent just south of Duluth. Haven't happened to see it at JTM yet, nor at any major supermarkets; will keep looking.

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              1. re: lagatta

                Good news about Segal's. I"ve been looking for it at Marché Adonis, Fruiterie du Plateau and other shops and never found any.