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Does anyone know their Greek butter?

HLing Apr 3, 2011 01:40 PM

I took a chance and bought a tub of Greek butter from the Greek grocery store last night. My everyday butter is the French Celles sur Belle, which when fresh has a slightly tangy refreshing taste. This Greek butter was a bit gamey tasting, cheesy, not in a good sense. I wonder if this is how it usually is, or if it's past its prime.

shall I not buy Greek butter again, or is it just this batch that's gone bad? It was $10 for the pound. At this point, I'm not interested in having any more.

  1. DoobieWah Apr 5, 2011 07:41 AM

    Sounds like it's rancid.

    Same thing happened to me the first time I bought ghee. I thought "This sh*t is disgusting".

    Tried it again several years later and thought "Oooooooh."

    Now it's a staple.

    4 Replies
    1. re: DoobieWah
      HLing Apr 7, 2011 08:21 AM

      yeah, ok, i guess $10 down the drain, I mean the garbage can.

      It might just take a few more years for me to try it again, too.

      So, Ghee IS good?

      1. re: HLing
        DoobieWah Apr 7, 2011 09:38 AM

        I use ghee for lots of things. I used it last Sunday to brown my stuffed pork chops before tossing them into the oven; I sometimes use it to make popcorn, etc.

        Anywhere you want the flavor of butter with a relatively high heat, since it doesn't scorch like butter, (as it doesn't have the milk solids).

        1. re: DoobieWah
          pine time Apr 7, 2011 12:12 PM

          Maybe I'm cheap, but (a) I'd take back the rancid $10 butter, and (b) I made my ghee at home.

          1. re: pine time
            HLing Apr 8, 2011 11:38 PM

            pine time, you're not cheap. ..I would return it, too but it's just that I've thrown away my receipt and it's sort of far to get to the store.

            I was hoping to find in Greek Butter the same kind of fragrance I find in French butter, for which I would need the milk solids, I assume?

            as for making ghee at home, the butter you start with would have to be fresh, right?

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