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

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roz123 Oct 27, 2011 11:00 AM

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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    FoodDee RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 11:15 AM

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

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    Spanish Table
    1426 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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      PeteSeattle RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 12:34 PM

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

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        Lauren RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 12:56 PM

        Metropolitan Market usually has it.

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        Metropolitan Market
        1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

        1. knowspicker RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 01:05 PM

          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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            roz123 RE: knowspicker Oct 27, 2011 02:34 PM

            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!

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            christy319 RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 03:44 PM

            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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              roz123 RE: christy319 Oct 27, 2011 04:39 PM

              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!

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              mrnelso RE: roz123 Oct 27, 2011 08:57 PM

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

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