Better Butters in the Bay

A recent thread queried hounds on where to find Plugrá, a slow-churned European-style butter that has a higher butterfat content and less water than typical American butters, resulting in better flavor and texture for baked goods. Trader Joe's stopped carrying the one-pound butter brick that proves a much better value than the half-pound size more commonly found in stores. Oasis Food Market in Oakland carries the one-pound size, and Whole Foods on Fourth Street in San Francisco sells the one-pounder.

For locally made butters, suggestions included McClelland's and Straus. Your editor puts in a vote for Vella's lightly salted butter, which is sold at Bi-Rite and was also recommended in this thread from 2005.

Oasis Food Market [East Bay]
3045 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
510-655-5111

Whole Foods Market [SOMA]
399 Fourth Street, San Francisco
415-618-0066

Bi-Rite Market [Mission District]
3639 18th Street, San Francisco
415-241-9760

Discuss: Where can I purchase Plugra butter in the SF area? Trader Joe's has discontinued it.
The better butter? Vella's Bear Flag Brand?

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