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Oct 11, 2012 09:39 AM

Kerry Gold butter? Best Cdn brand butter avail in BC?

question about Kerry Gold butter - can we get that up here? I looked at my neighborhood Super valu but couldn't see it - therefore bought some at the Safeway in Lynden the other day (i know it's very good price at TJ's too) ---- i'd never tasted KG before tho had read about it --- so now that i have - how is it better than good Cdn butter? Tastes a bit same to me as Cdn butter (and diff than USA butter which has a slightly sourish taste to me - almost like margarine, like Lactantia)

do you use KG strictly for eating on toast, bread, etc - or do you cook with it?

ALSO - if you were to buy the best Cdn butter - at a price, as we all know - what brand would it be here in BC?

i'm not a butter expert - tho i cringe when people serve non-butter "substitute"

I look fwd to learning more about this ....

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  1. I haven't seen KG butter where I shop.

    Butter, like most dairy products, is subject to import quotas so it is near impossible to buy the good stuff.

    Thomas Haas uses a New Zealand butter according to this G&M article. They don't mention it by name. I would love to source it.

    IIRC you can get good local "artisanal" butter at Les Amis du Fromage.

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    1. re: fmed

      My guess would be Anchor butter which is probably the most popular butter coming out of NZ.

      1. re: fmed

        I had no idea you could buy butter at Les Amis. Man, I have got to hand it to those people - they always seem to have just about anything, if you ask for it. The back of the store is like Mary Poppins's carpet bag - no matter what I want, if I don't see it in the case they will still have it somewhere in the building... :-)

      2. I don't know if it's even possible for a small BC producer to make their own artisan butter, due to weird milk board rules that require all producers to pool their product. A friend of mine did some research and found out that Gort's Gouda Farm in Salmon Arm may be this province's only producer of organic butter who actually process their own product, and ONLY their own product. Occasionally this butter shows up for sale at Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver, but at a really shocking price. It's good, but not THAT good!

        I suggest making regular trips to Trader Joe's to buy Kerrygold butter, if you're looking for something special (they also have a great price on organic butter at $4.79/lb, but it may suffer from the sourish taste you described -- I haven't personally had that issue with their butter). Once at the food co-op in Bellingham I found Organic Valley Limited Edition butter, which is made from 100% grass-fed milk in the summer and WOW, is it ever delicious, especially when slathered on a fresh slice of Bread Affair bread, toasted so the butter melts and oozes through the bread...

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        1. re: geekmom

          Farmhouse cheese Abbotsford make their own butter, and it is very good, although being "cultured" some find the taste a bit strong. It's also not cheap. I usually pop over the border for butter, there are all sorts of nice farmstead butters in Washington state, For example Golden Glen creamery farmstead butter ( (my fave) and Breckenridge Farm sweet cream butter. ( You can get up to $20 of dairy per visit per person. Strauss creamery organic butter ($9 for a lb in WA) is a nice high fat (85%) european style butter.

          1. re: jcolvin

            Thank you very much for this information! I will make a note of it for next time I do a grocery run in B'ham. Sadly, my grocery shopping buddy has gone on the Paleo diet so the butter won't motivate her the way it used to...

            1. re: geekmom

              Butter is just good old animal fat. I think it should be part of the paleo diet.


              1. re: jcolvin

                Well, I would agree with you but my friend is doing a very strict version of the diet as she suspects food allergies in her family & wants to completely eliminate common allergens (grains, dairy). I'm sure she must miss butter tremendously. Maybe I should send her this article. *evil grin*

                1. re: geekmom

                  If she is avoiding allergens, suggest to her that she might want to try avoiding all dairy for 2 weeks, then just try avoiding milk (but having butter), then try just avoiding butter (but having milk). sometimes people can handle one but not the other.

                  1. re: merrua

                    Thanks, that's a good thought.

        2. interesting article that you found FMED

          i had no idea the big foil-wrapped pound / half-pound size of butter IS the law here in Canada. I have always much preferred the American packaging - way handier (four cubes of individ wrapped per pound)

          i'll have to ask around and find an ON friend coming out west to ski or something! I'd love to try that Stirling product

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          1. re: Georgia Strait

            I'm pretty sure I've seen Canadian-made "artisanal" butter at Benton Bros on Granville Island as well as Les Amis.

            And yes it is expensive, that is one of the many consequences (both good and bad) of supply management.

            1. re: Georgia Strait

              The foil wrapping maybe the law but I've definitely seen a lot of butter in the 'stick' format that's more common in the US. For example, the President's Choice 'country churned' unsalted butter is packaged in cardboard with 4 foil-wrapped sticks.

              1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

                I wonder how they got around that rule. It's one of the more bizarre aspects of the milk board rules that were outlined in that G&M article. I vastly prefer buying butter in sticks since I bake with it so much.

              2. re: Georgia Strait

                But the article doesn't say the pound/half pound is the law, just the foil wrapper

                "You can’t do much about packaging (butter must be sold in a printed foil wrapper) ..."

                1. re: Anne M

                  It's been a while since I bought the PC butter that comes in sticks, but I could swear that it's packaged like the US butter - four sticks in wax paper inside a waxed board box. Curious.

                  1. re: geekmom

                    My regular butter is PC Unsalted. It comes in four foil-wrapped sticks inside a box (they also sell salted the same way). I can also buy Lactancia in the same format.

                2. re: Georgia Strait

                  GS, your comment in the thread about crackers reminded me that I never followed up here about the Stirling butter. I called the dairy manager at the Park Royal WF and asked about it, but unfortunately they are not stocking it in the BC stores nor do they plan to.

                3. Wegman's sells Kerry Gold. They put it next to the Plugra butter. I boiught some Kerry Gold once and then looked at the expiration date. It was more than a year in the future! They must have every preservative known to man in it. And I did not much care for the taste either. If you're after good butter, try some Plugra. Or find some Amish or Mennonites close by.

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                  1. re: Enigma3

                    Enigma3, you might have missed that this discussion is taking place on a BC (Canada) board. We can't buy Plugra here, or in Washington State. And the Amish & Mennonite communities here are bound by the same stupid dairy board rules that all the other milk producers in Canada are stuck with, so they can't sell their own butter.

                  2. One more thought. If they will ship it, get some French butter from Dean and Deluca. They have more than one variety of fresh French butter.

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                    1. re: Enigma3

                      I guess here is where I admit the desperate lengths I will go to get good French butter. Happened to be in Zabars in Manhattan and stumbled across some French butter. Spent the next hour wandering the neighbourhood searching for a insulated lunch bag or similar cooler. Finally found a kid's one at Toys R Us. Went back, bought 6 blocks of butter and giant ziploc bags.When we checked out of the hotel, asked for ice, jury rigged icepacks with ice cubes and ziplocs, stuffed them and the butter in the insulated bag and quadruple sealed it in even bigger ziplocs and stashed it in my carry-on luggage. It was worth it.

                      More on topic, Les Amis on W 2nd has a locally made butter whose name I can't remember. Around $8 or $9. Good but not great.

                      1. re: mrbitterpants

                        My dad did the same for me but with salted caramels (which maybe counts as butter!) before coming home on an overseas flight. Only he left the iced bag of caramels in the hotel :( I felt more bad for him than about the left-behind sweets.

                        Is the butter @ Les Amis from Farm House?

                        1. re: queueueuq

                          I just phoned and asked them about this and yes, it is from The Farm House in Agassiz. They don't have it all of the time, but the guy was happy to put my name on a list and call me when they get some butter in. He had no idea what the fat content of the butter is, though.

                        2. re: mrbitterpants

                          I love this story. I would totally do this. Or ditch my clothes in order to pack more cookbooks into my suitcase on the way home...