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Aug 18, 2010 10:16 AM

Where can I buy European butter?

Where do you purchase European butter and do you have a favorite brand?


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  1. Do you have a Fresh Market there? I saw some there, but have never used it.

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    1. re: sierraskyesmom

      If you're talking about the Fresh Market chain, they only have stores east of the Mississippi:


    2. I remember seeing some different kinds at Whole Foods (Pasadena). I bought Kerrygold Irish butter thinking it would be delicious like the Scandinavian slightly salted butter, but it was awful. The package, minus a pat, has been sitting in my fridge for months now.

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      1. re: WildSwede

        I've seen Kerrygold Irish butter at Smart & Final. Thanks fo rthewarning. I've seen at least four different choices of European butters at Whole Foods in Culver City.

        Smart & Final
        10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        1. re: TerriDawn

          Is there a secret Whole Foods in Culver City I don't know about?

            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              There will be as soon as Los Angalus changes its name to Culver City. ;-)

              TerriDawn may be thinking of the one on National Blvd., not far from CC.

              1. re: hnsbmg

                "TerriDawn may be thinking of the one on National Blvd., not far from CC."

                Hey, now...no ignoring (or tarring) the proud community (village? suburb? zip code?) of Mar Vista with that weak "...not far from CC crap!!!" ;-D>

          1. re: WildSwede

            Interestingly, I just got my email from America Test Kitchen's Test Kitchen and they were rating premium unsalted butter. They had only one Highly Recommended: Lurpak Unsalted Butter (Danish). Recommendeds were: Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. (domestic); Isigny Ste. Mere Beurre de Barrate (French); Beurre de Chimay (Belgian); and Land O Lakes (domestic). I am not listing those that were recommended with reservations or not recommended (2 domestic and one French). Let us know if you find one that you really, really like.
            Trader Joe's once (or maybe still) had a Danish butter that I really liked (lightly salted) but it was spreadable and in a tub.

            Trader Joe's
            1600 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            1. re: WildSwede

              Lurpak from Denmark is indeed good (and widely available), but I put Celles sur Belle Beurre Grand Cru AOC above it -- not only creamy but actually delicious, both on bread and in prepared dishes. I also really like the butter (Delitia brand) from the dairy farms that supply parmigiano reggiano cheesemakers. It's delicate and mild, excellent on bread, crackers, and muffins. I've gotten all three butters at Surfas.

            2. re: WildSwede

              Being from Normandy I'm super partial to Isigny Sainte Mère (which you can find as Surfas) but I should let honesty trump my patriotic pride because the Kerrygold unsalted butter is awesome for baking.
              If you buy Kerrygold it's cheaper at Trader Joe's than anywhere else. And Isigny St. Mère is cheaper at Surfas than at Whole Foods.

              And I'm with Das Ubergeek about Russian butters, you can also find them at most Jons.

              1. re: WildSwede

                I think Kerrygold is excellent and you're the first person I've heard of that doesn't like it.

                1. re: Captainspirou

                  I have bought Kerrygold a few times and I've never found anything particularly compelling about its taste that would drive me to buy it again. Not bad, just nothing great or even more than good.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Compared to widely available, mass-produced american butters, I have found Kerrygold to be much better, especially when baking. But compared to the higher quality american and european butters, I don't think kerrygold stacks up that well. Many of the other butters listed on this topic easily beat Kerrygold in both baking and other uses. I am partial to the Bordier butter that I brought back from Paris, but that's almost exhausted at this point. Therefore, I'll likely move onto some combination of Lurpak, Vermont Butter & Cheese Co, Meyenburg Goat Butter, and some other european butters that I happen to find in specialty shops. I am willing to spend a lot of money on butter because a little goes a long way and I don't typically use large quantities unless I am baking.

              2. Thanks, I will look at whole foods. Any other replies as to preference would be great too.

                1. I've seen plugra and other imported butters at Surfas Restaurant & Supply .

                  Surfas Restaurant & Supply
                  8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                  1. re: sel

                    The Pasadena Whole Foods (Arroyo Parkway location) usually has plugra.

                    1. re: Peripatetic

                      My Ralphs (Olympic and Barrington) has plugra and kerrygold. I have taken to buying the new (at least new to me) Tillamook butter they have added and it's pretty darn good.

                    2. re: sel

                      Don't forget Gelson's carry's Plugra and other high-end butters. (Sure do miss the large blocks of Plugra TJ's used to sell.)

                      1. re: Steve2 in LA

                        The Gelsons in Encino did not have Plugra earlier this week when I tried to find it. The Ralphs across the street had Plugra salted butter, but no unsalted.

                        1. re: Steve2 in LA

                          Yea, me too. Trader Joe's had good prices. But you can also find Plugra at most Smart & Final stores....and the price is good.

                          1. re: perk

                            I do a lot of French pastry, particularly with laminated doughs. That would include puff pastries and breakfast pastries like croissants. For quite a while I used Plugra. Plugra is preferred by many professional pastry chefs for its cultured flavor and high butterfat content, as well as a better price than imports or some domestic competitors.

                            Trader Joe's used to carry the one pound Plugra (red wax paper) for a ridiculously low price. A few years ago they stopped carrying it. I am guessing, but it may be because the producer refused to certify that all cream used in Plugra was BHT-free.

                            Although I still occasionally buy Plugra at Whole Foods, my current favorite among American butters for French pastry is Organic Valley European Style Cultured butter. It has a good flavor and high butterfat content.

                            A local (Seattle) pastry chef recommends Wüthrich butter. Unfortunately, it is not sold at retail. You can order it online in 36 lb quantities.

                            I like some imported French butters, too. I use them when I'm in France, where they are in the supermarkets. I think the American ones I mentioned above are so good that it isn't worth the extra price when I'm in the US to buy French butters.

                            When I travel and want to bake for my friends, for example in Australia, there may be fewer choices. Then Kerrygold is my usual standby. It seems to be available almost everywhere.

                      2. Persian markets often have a good selection of butter... I get lightly salted Lurpak at my local (in OC), for instance.