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Old 10-24-2006, 08:39 AM   #1
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And the Best-Tasting Butter Award goes to...

1st place: my vote goes to Strauss European Style.

and surprisingly, in 2nd place: Land-O-Lakes in a stunning upset over Lurpak.


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Old 10-24-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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Bridel lightly salted butter
President unsalted butter
Orkney butter
then Lurpack slightly salted

Sorry, I've never heard of Strauss or Land O Lakes
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:24 AM   #3
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I haven't heard of any those except the Land 'o Lakes brand, Black Chef. We have that, a local brand called Prairie Farms, and the store brand available. Being the middle of the road person that I am, I always buy Prairie Farms.
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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I've never tried any of the European-style butters - mostly because they're so expensive & also because I use mostly extra-virgin olive oil in my cooking. What do you who've tried it find the biggest difference to be? Richness? Texture? Just wonder.

For those times when I'm not using olive oil, I nearly always buy unsalted Land O Lakes for cooking, & (shame on me!!) "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" for toast & vegetable buttering.
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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I like unsalted Plugra for smearing on things...mmmm

Land o' Lakes unsalted for baking and sauteeing.
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:50 AM   #6
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From the supermarket shelves I prefer Lurpak, also some products (the exact name escapes me right now...) from the Alpine region (Trentino, Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta). Except for those made in this area, Italian butter, I must say, seems to be a bit inferior to the ones made in further north. (Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria etc.)

But nothing compares to the one we got directly from a mountain farmer while we were in the alps (Stelvio, Trentino), freshly made. It was like a solid block of rich cream, I could just eat a pure chunk of it!! mmmmm....
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:55 AM   #7
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That's the way it was for us in Germany...so many to choose from. My favorite was a brand from Denmark. Shoot, I could eat it for dessert. (slight exageration)
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:56 AM   #8
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Euro style or Irish butter. Next would be Land o Lakes or Kellers ... I always use unsalted so I can season my own way.
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:22 PM   #9
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We live in an area where daylight has to be trucked in, so our only choices for butter are Land o' Lakes and generic house brands. It would be nice to have others but that's not in the cards right now.
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I will have to check the stores to see what else is available - I always buy Land O'Lakes unsalted. I have used the European butter very rarely - but boy is it good! It's great to keep in one of those butter bells ready for spreading! I feel so guilty because it has such a higher fat content though. It wasn't until recently that I even saw a stick of it in the grocery store! Had to go to a specialty store like Dean & Deluca to get it.

Breezy - it's richer, creamier, "fuller" - it's wonderful!

I don't even know what other butter choices are out there - not margarine, I know those - but butter. I guess I'll check it out today!
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