I savor the expensive, beautifully packaged butters imported from Europe and made in small dairies here in the United States. When I bake, I always splurge for the “better” butter because I find it produces a nicer finished product.
At an average price of $3.99 per half pound, you need to be certain you’re buying the appropriate butter — and flavor — for your needs.
We conducted a family taste test of five different butters available at Fresh Market:
1. Vermont Butter and Cheese Company. Lightly salted. Comes wrapped in plastic casing. Tasted mildly of cheese, slightly more oily than the others. 12 grams of fat per serving. Would be great with grilled sandwiches or in pasta.
2. Lurpak Imported Danish Butter. Lightly salted and very smooth. Nice all-purpose butter. 11 grams of fat per serving.
3. Delitia Butter from the Production of Parmesan Reggiano in Italy. This butter is made from the milk of the same cows that produce the famous cheese, and believe it or not, it tastes like a very mild form of the cheese itself. It’s not like traditional butter, but it’s absolutely delicious. I would not recommend this butter for baking anything sweet. For spreading on fresh-baked bread? Absolutely. 12 grams of fat per serving.
4. Plugra European Style Butter. Much sweeter than the others, minimally salty, very creamy. 11 grams of fat per serving. A great choice.
And our family’s number one choice for the best eating and baking butter:
5. Kerry Gold Pure Irish Butter. It contains the perfect amount of salt, it’s very golden and it tastes perfect. 11 grams of fat per serving. This will be my butter of choice for candymaking and baking.