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The Best French Butter

That I can find in the US, that is. I've spent a long time, and a decent amount of cash trying to find a butter that's as magically delicious as my favorite French butter. But nothing available here in the states comes close to the salty, crunchy, creamy heaven that is Grand Fermage Aux Cristaux de Sel de Mer. I usually bring back at least 12 or so every time we're in Paris. When we came back from our last trip in July, I made the grave mistake of dispensing too many to friends and family, leaving me with just a few until our return in the fall. What the hell was I thinking? Unfortunately for my husband and kids, I guarded that butter with all I had. If I suspected someone was using too much, or worse, cooking with it (?!?), I all but pounced on them. After a particularly scary moment during which I considered hiding it for myself (shame), I realized I had to find a decent substitute. I was fairly close to ordering some butter online, but the outrageous price ($8 for something I spend a euro or two on in France) gave me pause. And then, on a routine trip to Whole Foods, I found what would turn out to be pretty darn good butter. I've had Beurre D'Isigny before, but I never found any with the crunchy salt pieces I like. As soon as I saw this version had course rock salt in it, I snapped up two. I was optimistic, since I did like the flavor of this brand of butter, but have come to realize the large salt pieces are key. So? Biiiingo. Close. Very, very close. And for the "bargain" price of just $7 for 8 ounces, I can have killer butter here in the states. At least I don't have to pay shipping. PS. Why is butter so much more expensive here?


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Lindsey –

I would love to open a French butter shop. But who could afford it?!


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lost In Cheeseland

Yay! You're getting closer!!! Now you just need to launch the import portion of LBP and you're golden.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by tamerajane

Butter is SO expensive here, it makes me a little crazy because I'm also particular about butter.

Is it bad that your description makes me want to eat it by the spoonful??

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Sweet Up and Down

Oh my gosh, I'm sending Ian out tonight! I'm in that fun "absolutely nothing sounds good to eat" phase of pregnancy, but this makes my mouth water.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by ashinbleu

sounds yummy! I will have to go to whole foods to find some myself :D

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by DanaB

I keep saying I'm going to trek into the city to Whole Foods—well, this did it! YUM!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by risamay

I'll have to find some and try it, and recommend it to my friend who's as bananas about (good) butter as you are (:

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Amy

Oooooo. This makes my day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by loulou

Hello Nichole

why don't you just kill me now! :)

I am in envy with this butter thing.

I need to go hunting here where I am and find me something like this. I have never had the butter you speak of outside of france and unfortunately that was a long time ago.

Now – I am on a quest – if and when I find it – I will report back.

have a lovely day


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by janjamm

Why so expensive? The thing is, the cows have formed their own union, the Milk Owners Organization (MOO). They believe that since they produce the milk within their own bodies, they own the milk. They are willing to sell it to dairy farmers, but only at a high price. Negotiations are in progress, but informed sources say MOO will churn the dairy farmers till they are creamed.

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