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Anywhere that sells decent butter for a decent price?

andrew.b Apr 30, 2011 03:36 PM

Does anyone know where I can get some good butter for a reasonable price? I'm pretty tired of the crap that lucerne and fraser valley put out, but would rather not pay an insane amount. Thanks in advance.

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    stkitts RE: andrew.b Apr 30, 2011 04:42 PM

    This thread might be of some help to you.


    I have heard good things (on another board and am not sure if I can post a link) about Debra Amrein-Boyes at Farmhouse Cheese. A year or so ago a lb of her butter was going for $10, preservatives free. http://www.farmhousecheeses.com/

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      jcolvin RE: stkitts May 1, 2011 12:33 PM

      Farmhouse cheeses' butter is lovely, but the "cultured" (slightly cheesy) taste can take a bit of getting used to. Have you ever tried making your own butter? You just need a carton of heavy cream and a lot of shaking.

    2. peter.v RE: andrew.b May 1, 2011 12:58 AM

      Foothills Creamery butter is quite good for a standard go-to butter. $5/lb at surprisingly enough, Whole Foods.

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        andrew.b RE: andrew.b May 1, 2011 01:07 PM

        Great, thanks for the replies. I'll start with the foothills and see from there.

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          bill_n_opus RE: andrew.b May 1, 2011 08:16 PM

          Curious ... how did you end up getting sick of commercial butter?

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            andrew.b RE: bill_n_opus May 2, 2011 12:12 AM

            I've never liked it, it has a bad flavour and tastes slightly rancid. I also find that it imparts its substandard qualities to anything that you bake with it.

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              betterthanbourdain RE: andrew.b May 2, 2011 01:13 AM

              baked product with better butter will certainly taste a lot better. I know of butter's with higher fat contents that some chef's prefer to use. sorry cant think of the brand at the moment.

          2. toutefrite RE: andrew.b May 3, 2011 06:42 PM

            unfortunately I can't find plugra or kerrygold here. If you happen to go across the border, they have kerrygold at costco, and at trader joe's. They stopped carrying plugra a couple of years ago. The foothills has a clean flavor, but can't compete with the european style ones.

            1. waver RE: andrew.b May 4, 2011 07:34 AM

              I noticed several "fancy" butters at Stong's yesterday. Take a look if you want to see a variety, they had Farmhouse, Ancetre and something else. Sorry I can't be more specific: I was overwhelmed by the prices. Ouch.

              1. KarenDW RE: andrew.b May 6, 2011 02:11 AM

                I'm somewhat fond of Avalon organic. It's about $8-10/lb

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                  MommyMago RE: andrew.b May 10, 2011 09:30 PM

                  I know it was mentioned, but the Avalon brand is quite good. You can even get it stright from the dairy, it's on Wales street off of 41st (near Nanaimo and 41st) where they have a few different options. They have a European-style unsalted one that is great for baking. Can't remember the price, but $7 seems to be ringing a bell

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                    Kentan RE: MommyMago May 11, 2011 12:05 AM

                    Sadly the Vancouver location of Avalon - the last working dairy in the city - is up for sale:


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