What brand of Pasture Butter do you fancy?

by 18236 · November 06, 2011 at 02:28 PM

There's lot of comments about pasture butter, but I am curious as to what brand is most popular across PaleoHacks.

Somehow, Kerrygold seems to have a very strong foothold. I'm not sure if it's cause it's just widely available or what but so many people trust that brand. I know on their site it says their cows are grass fed, but nowhere on their packaging does it claim "grass-fed", "pastured", or even "organic", which I think is rather strange.

Weigh in with the brand you use and let's see which one gets the most tally marks! I will wait for a bit to calculate the totals.

THE RESULTS! - A 3-way TIE for 1st place!

Edit: Rather than post it here, someone suggested that I make it a click-able link.

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10170 · March 02, 2011 at 08:49 PM

I like Kerrygold (available, not expensive).

I like the way 20 packs of kerrygold fill the door of the refrigerator. Makes it look like a gold treasure. Which it is, of course.

I also like the face of the people who take a look inside my refrigerator... ;)


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39204 · March 02, 2011 at 08:23 PM


I go through so much of this stuff that I'm probably putting the owners' kids through college.

24343 · March 02, 2011 at 10:52 PM


No one else eats Smjor?? Truthfully, I find very little difference between butters. But one anonymous commentor says...

"I LOVE KerryGold...and I too did this little taste test just to see....KerryGold is truly an amazing butter -- and I will always buy it....but this Smjör is just in another league. When you go from Land-O-Lakes to Kate's (a great respectable organic butter) to KerryGold to Smjör -- then you've climbed the Butter Stairway to Heaven...."

1303 · March 03, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Hands down, the best pastured butter that I've ever had is Trickling Springs Creamery (Chambersburg, PA). Then, it's a toss up between Kerrygold and my local raw butter which, interestingly, are the same price. My mother totally agrees with the TSC followed by Kerrygold, and reminds me every time I see her that she wants me to bring her 10 lbs of Trickling Springs the next chance we get to go to Chambersburg even though I bring her a half pound of Kerrygold almost every month. :-)

She's never had my raw butter, and neither of us has had Smjor. WoodStock Farms and Natural by Nature are good, but neither are totally pastured, but they're both cheaper so I buy them for bulk use.

The Amish Roll butter in my local Amish natural foods store looks yellow enough to be pastured, and it's a lot cheaper than the others, but I haven't asked yet if it's pastured. OV pastured butter isn't available in my area, and I've never seen Anchor butter.

ETA: We have a trip to TSC planned in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, I thought ya'll might like to see my local farm's raw butter. The raw butter is in the small container (I separate it so that I don't have to thaw it all at once), contrasted with a bar of Kerrygold. Sorry- I can't get it to load in my comment. Here's the link:

116 · March 02, 2011 at 11:33 PM

What about Jack Kronk`s concers, if KerryGold´s cows really enjoy a livin on green and juicy grassland.

I also wonder that Kerrygold does not see the "pastured" lable as a marketing instrument and sales argument. There must be a reason for this...

45 · March 08, 2011 at 08:50 PM

Hi Jack!

No I haven't been playing the system (well I sorta was ;) ) I saw this post and @WordVixen's comment and asked our fans to come on and let people know what they think! None of these people are me, related to me or work at the creamery. I also will not vote here because I may be just a bit biased :D! I have seen requests for photos of our butter so i will post one here. Thanks for the shoutout by everyone who took the time to come on here and promote us!

Joe Miller what-brand-of-pasture-butter-do-you-fancy?

20 · March 08, 2011 at 05:44 PM

Trickling Springs is the BEST! As a pastry chef, I love it in pound cakes and butter cookies. Such a rich flavor!

2031 · March 03, 2011 at 01:34 AM

I got raw butter from the Amish guys once, $10 a pint/lb. Fucking nuts. So delicious, and practically orange. It also tasted like cheese, so, bonus.

80 · March 02, 2011 at 09:06 PM

We actually did a side-by-side blind taste test of Kerrygold vs Organic Valley pastured the other day with the husband. And while I understand this is totally subjective, we found Kerrygold to be slightly superior: more smooth and creamy, while OV tasted more greasy and bland in comparison.

It might have been the salt ratio as well. We tried both salted kinds, and Kerrygold tasted a touch more salty.

4090 · May 02, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I live not an hours drive from where the kerrygold cows are pastured. It's next to an area known as 'The golden vale', so named for the incredibly lush pastures. It is definitely grassfed, with some hay in winter.

Where is the data that it tested zero for K2?

10 · April 05, 2011 at 04:06 AM

Trickling Springs! All I can say is my family calls it "GOLD" and it's the only local brand listed!

5763 · March 23, 2011 at 05:48 PM

Échiré unsalted butter.

18236 · March 14, 2011 at 07:34 PM

Humboldt Creamery pasture based butter. Their new packaging says "Pasture Based Butter" right on the front, although it doesn't show that in this picture here. I think we covered all the major brands, unless anyone else knows of another. I can't upvote this since it's my own answer but I use this brand regularly so I will add my own vote to the tally.


252 · March 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM


For the Aussies out there.

10 · March 08, 2011 at 04:34 PM

My "family" (a house of six elite runners who eat A LOT) only uses Trickling Springs, and we buy it by the delicious pound.

18 · March 08, 2011 at 04:32 PM

Trickling Springs! It's the best!

18 · March 08, 2011 at 03:47 PM

Trickling Springs Creamery Butter is the best! Great flavor and it's from Grass fed cows! Simply can't be beat!

18 · March 08, 2011 at 03:13 PM

Trickling Springs Creamery! So good! The only butter my family will use.

18236 · March 03, 2011 at 04:40 AM

Anyone try Pastureland Butter? They claim to be very strict about being 100% grass fed on lush green pastures.


24012 · March 02, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Agree. Kerrygold is available and easy to find. Love Organic Valley as well but really only buy that if they are out of the Kerrygold. I trust both companies and they are both delicious.

664 · March 02, 2011 at 08:27 PM

I use Kerry Gold simply because it is relatively widely available and I don't really have access to other more local sources.

The best pasture butter I've had is Smjor - which has the same non-local problem as Kerry Gold, but also takes everything good about Kerry Gold and raised it a level.

7300 · March 02, 2011 at 08:21 PM

My favorite is from my local farmer. I also like kerrygold and the organic valley pastured butter.

130 · November 06, 2011 at 02:28 PM

I bought some Kerrygold (I live in England) and although it didn't used to say it was grassfed on the package, it does now! They are onto us.

10878 · August 21, 2011 at 05:06 AM

I recently started buying this from my local Russian market. It's delicious. Other than that I normally just buy the Organic Valley pasture butter or Smorj icelandic.

7559 · August 21, 2011 at 04:47 AM

In Colorado I buy Organic Valley pasture butter in the green, foil package at Vitamin Cottage. I noticed my King Soopers now just started carrying Kerrygold.

1354 · August 21, 2011 at 01:44 AM

I use Kerrygold because it's super easy - you can find it at Costco when you don't have/ don't have time to find a local source. I feel like that's why most paleos do it as well :P

265 · May 02, 2011 at 05:21 PM

There is Amish butter available where I am. They have it at a local dairy where they sell their own unhomogenized milk, and cheeses but do not produce their own butter. I have not tried it yet but it is usually nice and yellow and there is no coloring listed in the ingredients so I have to assume it is at least partially grass fed. Any comments or info from anyone who has had it?

18236 · March 14, 2011 at 06:56 PM

What about Anchor Butter? They claim 100% grass fed.


974 · March 04, 2011 at 07:58 PM

GREAT!! Now I am dreaming about BUTTER!!! Doing the Whole30--no dairy ARGH!! :)

558 · March 04, 2011 at 05:17 PM

President salted. It's imported from France and I usually find it in gourmet stores. Super creamy and yummy.

1979 · March 03, 2011 at 03:09 PM

During summer around here the Amish bulk stores sometimes sell local, pastured, homemade butter. When I see it I snap it up and put it in the freezer. Well-wrapped it keeps for months.

198 · March 03, 2011 at 01:23 AM

I like Meyenberg goat butter.


This stuff is delicious. Whole Foods has it. I don't remember the price exactly, but it is around 5-6 dollars, which is much more expensive then cow butter :(

4983 · March 02, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Yeo Valley organic butter, is pastuered too, yum!

18619 · March 02, 2011 at 08:40 PM

I use Kerrygold because I can find it easily at Trader Joes, Costco and Sam's Club for a really reasonable price. Plus, it's yummy and the package is pretty. :)

453 · March 02, 2011 at 08:36 PM

How's OV pricing compared to Kerrygold? cheaper? more expensive?

4540 · March 02, 2011 at 08:35 PM

I wish I could find pasture butter where I live. :(

For anyone in Ontario looking for a good organic butter (which I presume is not-pastured because it doesn't mention it anywhere), check out L'Ancêtre butter. Still delicious.

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