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Products I Love: Kate’s Homemade Butter

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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Thursday 31st of December 2009

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Josephine

Saturday 10th of October 2009

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!

zoe p.

Thursday 8th of October 2009

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 . . .

Sarah Caron

Thursday 8th of October 2009

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!).

Josephine

Thursday 8th of October 2009

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