I am going crazy trying to find quality dairy products!
I use a good amount of butter to cook eggs, for baking, or to spread on a slab of a good crusty loaf with honey. Yum yum! I could live on butter and honey!
My very favorite store-bought butter is Pamplie from France. (Yes, I prefer it to Echire). I used to be able to find it at a local specialty shop and it is worth every penny it costs. However, they stopped carrying it.
Instead the shop now has Delitia butter from Parmigiano Reggiano which is also very good. It is an incredibly rich butter which is extremely firm, so I imagine the water content must be low which makes it very good for baking. I have made incredibly intense shortbread cookies out of this butter.
Plugrá, used by many in high-end restaurants and bakers here in the U.S., is bullshit butter. The reason I say this is because they add butter flavoring (probably manufactured in a chemical plant in New Jersey) to their butter!!!! The milk they are using is not certified rBGH free. Plugrá is also part of the Dairy Farmers of America Association, accused of being a milk cartel.
Président is from France. For a larger brand, it has very good flavor, especially when compared to that of most others found in groceries here in the U.S. I do not trust that it hasn’t been made with livestock eating a bunch of pesticides (which are concentrated in animal fat), however rBGH is outlawed in the EU. I suppose the U.S. could possibly ship milk from here to sell to companies such as Lactalis, the French parent company of Président, as long as the product is then shipped back here to the United States for consumption. I am not sure what the laws are. On Lactalis’s page, they list “cost optimisation” and “increase in yields” as benefits to using their products. It has me leery. So I try to buy only buy organic. Unfortunately, all the store-bought organic butter I have tasted is insipid or tastes like it has been in the refrigerator case too long.
Dean Foods, a large food corporation which funded the defeat of Proposition 37 here in California, is the parent company of Horizon Organics. Horizon Organics is about the only supplier of organic milk products I can find in my neighborhood grocery, but I am still boycotting them for now. Hopefully they will get rid of Dean Foods as a parent company so I can go back.
What I now plan on doing is driving to a grocery further away and buying organic cream from Straus Family Creamery or Organic Valley (their butters, along with Horizon’s, are among those which I stated as tasting prosaic or refrigeratory). Out of these I plan on making my own butter.
The video below shows you how easy it is to do and the chemistry behind it.
I will let you know how it comes out!
Thank you to Working Cows Dairy in Alabama for posting this video on their Facebook Page!