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?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.