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Butter

I've pretty much had it with supermarket butters (Land o' Lakes, Hotel Bar, others).

I would appreciate some guidance in finding a sweet butter that tastes great on a warm dinner roll, a muffin and so on.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I like Kerrygold, Plugra, and Lurpak.

    1. I'm a fan of European cultured butters (e.g. Presidente, which I get at Whole Foods and it is relatively reasonably priced). Organic Valley also makes a wonderful cultured butter. Both are unsalted. Of course, fancy butters are divine, but the aforementioned ones are pretty easy for me to find.

      I don't usually butter muffins, but I have been known to slice off a pat of butter and eat it as is!

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      1. re: nofunlatte

        I buy butter from my farmer market, so no name but really good and fresh. Ask around at your local farmer markets. I think this is some of the best butter I have every had.

        There is also a local produce place and the owners have relatives in Lancaster, PA. The freshly churned "amish" butter is really good. Its kind of hit or miss when they have it and when they do is goes FAST!

        For commercial butter I like plugra and kerrygold but both are very rich so a little goes a long way.

        1. re: foodieX2

          Have you ever seen Amish butter that isn't salted? I can get Amish butter locally. I would buy it if there were an unsalted version, but there isn't one.

          1. re: cheesemaestro

            Here in Mass, no, but when I was in the Lancaster/Hershey area last year I saw it at all the Amish markets so I know they make it. I would definitely ask.

            1. re: foodieX2

              I used to live in PA Dutch country and the Amish butter was always salted.

              1. re: nofunlatte

                Interesting. I saw it at the Lancaster Central Market. I bought some wonderful pickled horseradish from the farmers brother too. Maybe they carry it due to the large tourist crowd?

                1. re: nofunlatte

                  I think you might find things have changed some in the recent 3 or 4 years.I have easy access to 3 or 4 Amish butters,2 have the unsalted option.

          2. re: nofunlatte

            +1 for Organic Valley... I buy their pastured butter, which comes salted, for savory dishes, and their cultured sweet butter in sticks. Just delicious.

            1. re: nofunlatte

              Ditto on Presidente, and KerryGold. Also, Vermont Butter & Cheese (comes in a round "bar"), and Kate's Homemade Butter.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I think of Vermont Creamery as a "log"--HA HA! All kids love Log, don'tchaknow?!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  THAT'S it! I was blanking out on the word "log" - all I could think of was a Buche Noel. Right shape; wrong word(s). ;-)

              2. re: nofunlatte

                +1 for Organic Valley - their Pasture Butter is a-mazing. When it goes on sale we stock up on it and freeze it, so we're never without it. We always have a backup pound :)

              3. I use Tillamook unsalted butter, but that's a supermarket butter, so I assume you've tried it if it's available in your area.

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                1. re: GH1618

                  Oh, no, NOT if those are the cheese people is that "a supermarket butter." :) You just live closer to the source--lucky you. Bet it's great! Damn you California people and your fresh produce and happy cows!

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    It is the cheese people from Tillamook County, Oregon. Their butter is widely available on the West Coast now.

                  2. re: GH1618

                    Second the Tillamook (I'm in Portland) for everyday use.

                  3. Vermont Creamery makes a stellar cultured butter, salted or unsalted. It pretty much tastes great on a knife or your finger if we're being honest. Check your local Whole Foods.
                    http://www.vermontcreamery.com/

                    I want to say it fared well in an ATK or Cook's Country taste test, too, but you know how funny they are about making it easy to get at their content. AHA, lookie here:
                    http://www.cooksillustrated.com/taste...

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                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Howdy April,
                      Thanks for chiming in!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          I think you're recommending the butter made by Vermont Butter and Cheese (not Vermont Creamery). Yes, it's a wonderful butter. Besides Whole Foods, check Wegmans, if there's a store near you. Some cheese shops also stock it.

                          1. re: cheesemaestro

                            Yes, that's outstanding. It's available on the West Coast, so I assume it's widely distributed.

                            Here's a little secret: check out middle eastern or eastern european markets/delis. They often have imported butter in the refrigerator cases, and the prices tend to be reasonable (less jacked up than specialty stores). The one near my sister's house has this glorious Belgian Chimay butter.

                            There have been quite a few discussions on the topic -- here's a recent one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/385951

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              I'd forgotten about Chimay butter. Highly recommendable.

                            2. re: cheesemaestro

                              For some reason every store near me only seems to stock the maple variety, still on the hunt for straight up salted.

                          2. I like Plugra and Kerrygold for butters that are available all over the place. While I'm in Chicago, I also like Kalona Supernatural (grassfed) and local-ish (out of Indiana, I believe) Amish butter.

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                            1. re: Violatp

                              Thanks for the Kalona tip; I'm in Chicago and I've never tried it. My go-to is Kerrygold.

                              1. re: caseyjo

                                And their website has a coupon!