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where can I find french butter? help... (apart from amazon)

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i've been looking high and low for french butter,... the closest I got to was 'European style' butter. I would like to walk into a store to get it,... and if they carry french butter, they might carry other interesting items too. help!!....

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  1. The Paris Grocery next to The Spanish Table may carry it.

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    Spanish Table
    1426 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    1. Not if it's unpasteurized! It's not legal to sell unpasteurized French dairy products in the US.

      1. Metropolitan Market usually has it.

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        Metropolitan Market
        1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

        1. I bought French butter at Metropolitan Market. They also have a very good German butter now that I sampled about a week ago. I don't see the French every time but the Organic Valley cultured butter or Plugra make a good sub.

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          Metropolitan Market
          1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

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          1. re: knowspicker

            thanks to all! I called The Paris Grocery and they do carry french butter. (tks FoodDee!) Will also check out the Met mkt at the same time. (tks Lauren and Knowspicker)

            @ PeteSeattle, thanks for bringing to our attention regarding pasteurization. I went to the WA Dept of Health site and found that it's not illegal to sell unpasteurized milk (from the quick glanced I had). See chapter 3 'Food' page 16 from this link: http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/food/rule.html

            Specifically (cut and paste from that particular paragraph):-

            (E) Whenever unpasteurized milk and FOODS containing unpasteurized milk are offered for sale at a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT, except hard or semi-soft raw milk cheeses properly fermented and aged for a minimum of sixty days in compliance with 21 CFR Part 133, the PERMIT HOLDER and PERSON IN CHARGE must ensure that:
            (1) The product is conspicuously labeled "RAW MILK" or "CONTAINS RAW MILK"; and
            (2) A sign is posted in a conspicuous manner near the product stating: "WARNING: RAW MILK
            OR FOODS PREPARED FROM RAW MILK MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH DANGEROUS
            BACTERIA CAPABLE OF CAUSING SEVERE ILLNESS. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL
            HEALTH AGENCY FOR ADVICE OR TO REPORT A SUSPECTED ILLNESS." [Amended by
            WAC 246-215-051(1)

            ]

            We learn something new every day. :) And I also got the answer I was looking for. Bonus!

          2. There are lots of French butters around. What kind do you want? I see Beurre D'Isigny, Celles Dur Belle, and others quite a bit--I know Whole Foods has them, and I think Metropolitan Market does too. Oh and Central Market has a couple, and maybe Ballard Market has one of them.

            Delaurenti has a GREAT imported butter selection, the best around. They have wheels of French butter with big salt crystals in their cheese case, and you can buy whatever size wedge you want.

            I have concerns about how fast the turnover is at Paris Grocery. They don't appear to get much business.

            But if you want Bordier, you need to bring it back yourself. I have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy with agricultural inspectors in customs about this, because while it's not explicity forbidden on the USDA site, you never know with the inspectors.

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            Metropolitan Market
            1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

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            1. re: christy319

              The Paris Grocery and DeLaurenti are a block away, I shall go check them out and pay special attention to the expiry dates. thanks christy319!

            2. I'd check the Pike Place Creamery, Big John's PFI, and even Trader Joe's (because you never know...).