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French Butter with Salt Crystals?

Kat Jul 25, 2013 10:28 AM

Anyone have ideas where to buy French butter with sea salt crystals? The kind of butter that crunches deliciously as you eat it? I found some at Idylwild in Acton, but it was $6 for a small package, too pricey for regular use. My stash from France is running low!

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  1. StriperGuy RE: Kat Jul 25, 2013 01:12 PM

    Take Cabot 84 butter, sprinkle kosher salt on top... viola!

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      KWagle RE: StriperGuy Jul 27, 2013 10:06 PM

      I wasn't impressed by Cabot 84, I much prefer Plugra. But French butter is presumably cultured, which AFAIK neither of those is.

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        StriperGuy RE: KWagle Jul 28, 2013 09:17 AM

        True, true, I was forgetting the cultured bit. I use Cabot 84 mostly for baking which is where it's sweet goodness shines.

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          KWagle RE: StriperGuy Jul 28, 2013 09:40 PM

          Ah, okay. I mostly eat my butter, so the extra flavor of Plugra is a big win. I don't think I've ever used it for baking.

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            bear RE: KWagle Jul 29, 2013 03:51 AM

            I think it's Cabot 83. It's supposed to have a higher fat content than regular butter from most U. S. farms, so it's better for baking. It comes in 1 lb. blocks.

            Unfortunately, the only place I know of to get it consistently is Restaurant Depot, and I haven't been there in a while.

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              KWagle RE: bear Jul 29, 2013 05:58 AM

              Plugra is also a higher-fat butter. It's no longer at Trader Joe's but some of the supermarkets carry it. Sadly, RD doesn't carry it up here, they claim shipping costs would make it prohibitively expensive, but they do sell large tubs of clarified Plugra.

              (RD stores in MD/VA sell the stick butter as well.)

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                bear RE: KWagle Jul 29, 2013 06:21 AM

                Thanks. I need to try Plugra or Cabot 93 in my next batch of vodka pie dough from Cooks Illustrated. Really good crust, and so easy to put together without it getting tough.

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                  KWagle RE: bear Jul 29, 2013 06:51 AM

                  83! Not 84, and certainly not 93!

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                    bear RE: bear Jul 29, 2013 07:14 AM

                    Oops! I guess I should read my own posts!

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                  StriperGuy RE: bear Jul 29, 2013 06:32 AM

                  Russo's sometimes has it.

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            StriperGuy RE: StriperGuy Jul 29, 2013 10:01 AM

            Okay I was totally off base on this suggestion (just wasn't thinking) The Cabot 86 ;-) product is not cultured and so not at all a substitute.

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              KWagle RE: StriperGuy Jul 29, 2013 10:03 PM

              I was about to ask why we can't just get Cabot 100 but I guess that's what the clarified product would be!

          3. GretchenS RE: Kat Jul 25, 2013 01:20 PM

            There is a place on Mass Ave on the Arlington-Lexington line called Ma France. You could give them a call, see what they have. I'd think that any top quality butter imported from France would be pricey.

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              grumpyspatient RE: Kat Jul 25, 2013 04:49 PM

              Whole Foods carries this vermont butter and the sea salt crunches very nicely. if you can't find your favorite you might want to try this.


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                Pwmfan RE: Kat Jul 29, 2013 07:42 AM

                I don't live in your area so can't say where to find it but it sounds like you are looking for isigny de mere beurre demi sel. It is sold in 8.8 oz blocks and has large crunchy salt crystals. It is pricey but well worth it. I can find it here (MSP) at a few cheese shops.

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                  hungrybruno RE: Pwmfan Jul 29, 2013 08:32 AM

                  I believe Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge carries it. Not sure about the South End location.

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                    Klunco RE: Pwmfan Jul 29, 2013 09:02 AM

                    If it is Beurre D'Isigny that the OP Is looking for, Formaggio sells it, as does Dewars, and even WF from time to time. The trick with WF is that it is by the cheese section not in the dairy section.

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                      Kat RE: Pwmfan Aug 2, 2013 09:12 AM

                      Yes, that is exactly what I am looking for. Looks like I need to head to WF. Didn't check the cheese section so I'll go there. If I can't find it, looks like the VT Creamery butter with salt crystals is a close second. Will check the other places too next time I am in the city. Thank so much to all, I've only got one package left now, so I'm getting desperate!

                    2. galleygirl RE: Kat Jul 30, 2013 04:46 AM

                      Cultured Butter with Seasalt crystals, from Vermont Creamery, is available at most Whole Foods, probably Formaggio, too...Look for the 4 ounce logs, for $4.99...They also do it packaged in a little basket, but it's like $7.99 at WF, probably more at Formaggio..

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