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In search of better butter.

I use (& have been using for a long time) Hotel Bar salted butter for cooking, bread etc. I get the feeling that I'm missing out on some good butter out there though. What butter do you guys use & what's so good about it? I'm looking for suggestions.

Thanks!
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  1. Here's a recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/474789

    To answer your question, though, I'd have to know what your definition of "better" is, since what people like about different butters depends on their personal preferences.

    I'm not familiar with Hotel Bar, but it's made by Keller's Creamery, which also makes a premium butter called Plugra.

    1. I love the pastured butter I get from the farmer's markets. It's got a slight tang to it that really makes sauces complex and delicious. Ronnybrook has good butter and they always have it at their store but some of the smaller dairies make even better stuff I think. Look around the markets in the coming weeks and you should see it. If I can't get to the market, I like Plugra as well.
      JeremyEG
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      1. re: JeremyEG

        Organic Valley makes a Pasture Butter that is the best tasting butter I've ever had. I like keep some around and treat it like the Arbequina olive oil - special lipids for special finishes!

        1. re: MGZ

          THIS. I currently have about eight bars in my freezer and dole them out slowly. Love the stuff.

          1. re: MandalayVA

            I love it, too. I have a stockpile in the freezer because it was on sale at Whole Foods recently. Because it's pastured butter it's also loaded with good stuff (omega 3s and conjugated linoleic acid, etc. ) for your health. AND it tastes like butter used to taste: BUTTER! ( when I first tasted it, I was surprised to realize that I had been MISSING this for most of my life ;-)

          2. re: MGZ

            I love that Organic Valley butter - I eat a lot more butter than i used to....

        2. Butter can vary quite a bit in flavor and texture so "best" is subjective. If we are talking about supermarket butters, I personally like unsalted Plugra or Lurpak.

          But, if you are near a farm or farmer's market, fresh cream from the farm is the best way to go. Just churn it and make your own butter for the best sweet cream butter.

          1. I'm currently using Yeo Valley Organic. Main thing that was good was that it was on BOGOF.

            1. The butter I get from the farmer's market just absolutely sings. They must love on those cows, because the stuff is just magic. I'd try and see if you have anything comparable.