Products I Love: Kate’s Homemade Butter

| October 8, 2009 | 7 Comments


Walking by the cheese counter of my local grocery store, I always wondered about all the fancy (and somewhat expensive) butters they sell. It seemed excessive to spend more than a few dollars on something as simple and basic as butter. So, I never stopped, and certainly never bought any fancy butter.

But curiosity got the best of me, as it is wont to do. After discovering that my buy-whatever-is-cheapest strategy was backfiring with foul tasting butter, I bought a tub of Kate’s Homemade Butter. It’s salted with sea salt and made in Maine. The family-owned business buys cream from local dairies and transforms it into butter milk and butter, all with short ingredient and totally recognizable ingredient lists (Yay!).

Honestly, I think, on some level, I wanted this to taste like other butters. That would mean that I wouldn’t be wrong about price mattering more than brand. But I was so wrong.

Kate’s Homemade Butter (which is actually homemade in a real-time, old-fashioned churn) really does taste different and, yes, better. The flavors are delicate, but rich. It’s slightly sweet—not tooth-ache sweet, but roll around the tongue sweet—and creamy (who knew that butter could really, truly be creamy?). It’s got enough sea salt to bring out the nuanced flavors of the cream, but not so much that it’s overpowering. I didn’t realize that butter could taste like this.

So, yea, I fell in love with Kate’s Homemade Butter. Now, if my local supermarket could carry the Kate’s Homemade Butter Milk too, I would be a happy woman.

Is butter just butter, or do you have a favorite?

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Jenn says:

    Sarah, you and i must be on the same wave length. First grilled pizza, now butter. My fiance and I have recently discovered Move Over Butter which is a whipped sweet cream buttermilk spread. it is 65% vegetable oil (ok so it’s not really butter) but it tastes like butter and is much more satisfying than the other spreads we’ve tried. My fiance likes to use salted butter and this spread has just a hint of salt to make him put that butter dish back in the fridge. I am out of work at the moment so we are pinching pennies. This was the least expensive tubs on the butter isle. It also has no cholesterol and is only 6g of fat per serving. You can find it at Walmart. I have never heard of Kate’s and maybe one day when my wallet will allow me to splurge I will hunt it down and give it a try.

  2. I’m a huge fan of Kate’s, and have sung its praises on my blog, too — I use it to bake the hundreds of cookies we donate to shelters and food pantries every year. It really does taste better.

  3. Josephine says:

    We love the Brummel & Brown Butter, it is made with Natural Yogurt. I think it tastes awsome! it’s alot healthier that regular butter 50% less fat and calories. billy loves loves butter and was hesitant when i brought this home. but weve been usin it for 2 years now and he loves it! its mid-priced

  4. Sarah Caron says:

    Jenn, it’s among the less expensive fancy butters — my grocery sells it for about $4 a tub. Still, more expensive. But if you ever get the opportunity, do try it!

    Lydia, I can’t believe how different it is.

    Josephine, I haven’t tried that one. Shawn was using some butter alternative for awhile that he really liked, but then grew tired of. I just can’t give up the real thing though (in moderation, of course!).

  5. zoe p. says:

    I guess where there’s bitter butter, there’s better butter . . . I buy organic butter, but I am tempted to give this a try. Your description is very intriguing. And we eat so little of it, that my butter bill isn’t all that huge as it is . . .

  6. Josephine says:

    so i gave in and tried out this butter, i used it to make homemade chocolate chip and walnut cookies and i have to say, they tasted better than ever. thanks for the suggestion! i will prob stick to my usual butter for everyday cooking but this butter is amazing for homemade my cookies!

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