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Where can I find unsalted, no-added-crap (doesn't have to be organic) butter? Local, imported etc.? I am making the effort to get some proper bread in this weekend and I'd like to have some good butter to pair with it, but I have no idea where to get it - I usually just buy Lactancia from the grocery store, so I'm not even sure if 'specialty' brands are available here in Montreal. Do any fromageries carry butter, too?

Tips appreciated!

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  1. at every single grocery store...

    1. Just look for regular, unsalted butter at any grocery store, as others have said. If you want something fancier, look in the dairy case at Saveurs du Marché at Jean-Talon Market.

      Jean-Talon Market
      7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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      1. re: kpzoo

        Lactancia butter doesn't actually add any crap to it's butter which is what we always use. Beurrerie du Patrimoine (which I haven't tried) is available at more than a few stores at JTM as kpzoo mentioned (both cheese stores), as well as places like Tau, Healthtree, etc... It's at least triple the price so I have a hard time justifying the cost.

        The Patrimoine yogurt on the other hand I have tried and is excellent.

      2. If you really want to splurge, you can get Beurre d'échiré (French butter) at Fromagerie Atwater, but it's close to 20$ for a small container!

        It is so good just spreaded on quality bread!

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        1. re: westaust

          It's 11 or 13$ at Gourmet Laurier.

          Not sure it's really worth it though... I'd pay that for Bordier Butter anytime, but the others...

          1. re: Glaff

            Where can I get the Bordier, Glaff? Why do you think it's worth it?

            Thanks for replies, I am definitely looking for butter I can't find at the grocery store - I will get the Echire if nothing else pops up!

            1. re: montrealeater

              In France ;) As far as I know it's not distributed outside of France.

              1. re: Glaff

                Bah, hellfire. Well, Echire it is then. I've always wanted to try that so ... now I can!

              2. re: montrealeater

                Oh man Bordier is the best! It is smoothe, creamy, tasty...

                I have not seen it in MTL unfortunately.

          2. Quebec does not produce good butter.There are a couple of small independents but the butter is cost prohibitive for cooking so I buy Kate's Homemade Butter in Plattsburgh at Price Chopper it is as good as French Butter at a Montreal price of butter. Check it out www.kateshomemadebutter.com. Try it you'll like it.

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            1. re: finefoodie55

              Finefoodie, I have heard of but not tried that brand - also assumed I wouldn't be able to get it here. I will make sure to buy some, a lot of people have raved about it. Thanks!

              EDIT: Ugh, I missed the fact that the Price Chopper is in Plattsburgh. Damnit. I'll place an order with my next cross-border-going friend.

              1. re: finefoodie55

                I have never tried Kate's, but Vermont Butter & Cheese makes a very good cultured butter.

                1. re: nextguy

                  Vermont Butter is good for sure but once again maybe too costly to cook with.

                  1. re: finefoodie55

                    Oh absolutely I would never cook with high-end butter. I know a very good pastry chef that works in a very good restaurant that uses a very inexpensive non-cultured butter for pastry. I suspect that most savoury chefs will also use the cheaper stuff.

              2. Agree with the others who said it earlier: Kate's from Vermont is good (so is their (her?) buttermilk) and the butter from patrimoine is good too.
                For grocery store finds here I've enjoyed the Loblaw's/Provigo President's Choice Cultured Butter (I think it might be called Normandy-style). It actually has flavor.

                I was only able to smuggle home a few pats of French butter after my last trip (in my pocket!).

                1. I picked up some of the Echire (how is that pronounced, btw?) at Gourmet Laurier - didn't catch the price, but it is good. It reminds of time spent in Germany, where every day starts, for me, with fresh, delicious bread and fresh butter. So yeah, it's good and it *did* mostly satisfy my craving for that unsalted, sweet, creamy Euro butter flavour I was looking for, but I'm not sure I'd rank it any better than, for example, the stuff I had in Germany, which as far as I know was the usual, not some special/pricey brand. I might buy it again, but right now I am going to try and get my hands on the two butters from Vermont and also the PC butter mentioned above.

                  Thanks for the advice, all. :)

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                  1. re: montrealeater

                    It is too bad we can't find Bordier here. Echire can be found easily in Paris but getting Bordier is hard even over there. If you are looking for that life changing experience, well as much as butter can possibly change your life, Bordier is the one.

                    1. re: nextguy

                      I'm happy I now have a specific name to seek out, but also sad I won't be able to get my hands on it. I'm assuming bringing butter back in one's carry-on is a no-no (my sister will be in Paris in a couple of weeks...)?

                      1. re: montrealeater

                        They allow raw-milk cheese from France, so I don't think that butter would be a no-no. You can always check on the CBS website. My bigger concern would be that the butter melts in transit as ice packs are a no-no for carry-on.

                        1. re: wattacetti

                          Yeah forget about carry-on. I thought about bringing back some Bordier when I was in Paris but was happy I didn't because I had a chocolate bar in my bag that I put in the overhead and when I got home and opened my bag the chocolate had all melted!

                          1. re: nextguy

                            put it in your luggage! it's cold in there.

                  2. I find the Patrimoine butter has a slight licorice-y flavour to it for some reason. I've bought it a few times as a splurge expecting it to be a special treat but found it just kind of...odd.
                    I've heard about Lurpak (from Denmark?) and Kerrygold from Ireland, which are supposed to be good but don't seem to be available in Canada. There's an older thread on this board about Kerrygold (un)availabiilty here. I do remember loving the butter we were served everywhere in Ireland. These 2 European butters might be available in the U.S. - if you're going there for the Vermont B & C or Kate's anyway.