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There's a New Butter In Town

estufarian | Feb 4, 2005 10:27 AM

While browsing the butter section at my favourite Supermarket (Fiesta Farms) recently, I spied a ‘new’ butter – a rare occasion indeed. Lactantia now has an ‘Antique Butter’ (same price as their regular). So, it was time to repeat the butter tasting – using the traditional Gryfe bagel as the carrier.
There have been several reports on our butter seeking and tasting adventures, but this time only a small group gathered. And one had an interesting tale – he’d been using the President’s Choice Salted Normandy style (winner of a previous taste-off), but noted that recently it seemed to be a bit ‘funkier’ – tending to rancid, and he’d switched to the Unsalted, which had a cleaner taste. So, in came the President’s Choice too (but we couldn’t find the Our Compliments European Style Salted, which also scores well – only the Unsalted was around).
Well – things have changed. All 3 of the Lactantia Cultured Salted, the Lactantia Cultured Antique Salted and President’s Choice Cultured Normandy-Style showed this ‘funkiness’. Almost as if some of the whey (or extra whey) had been included. The ‘rancid’ description is not really accurate, but there is a hint of animal there, which is a love-it-or-hate it taste. Definitely a change from the previous tastings. And the Antique showed this the most. Is this seasonal e.g. maybe the cow diet is different in winter from summer? Maybe this always happens in winter. Or perhaps these butters don’t move as fast on the shelves (although the person who identified this first had tried 3 different stores before giving up).
So we added the Unsalted President’s Choice and this was much cleaner – no trace of the funk at all.
And finally we added some Maldon salt to the unsalted butter (after it was spread) as a final test – and that was the favourite.
So, our winner: Unsalted President’s Choice Normandy Style sprinkled with Maldon salt!
And does the salt brand matter? Actually, yes! Never wrote up the salt tasting I attended, but everyone in attendance voted the Maldon #1.
OK Chowhounds who’s more obsessive than we are? Food geeks unite!

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