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.
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... ;)
I go through so much of this stuff that I'm probably putting the owners' kids through college.
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...."
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: http://wordvixen.com/?attachment_id=1053
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.
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...
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