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  • Grass Fed Butter in Manitoba, Canada?

    I live in Winnipeg and all I can find is organic butter (which, I'm guessing, is not the same as grass fed butter). Does anyone know where I can score some grass fed butter in Manitoba or even Canada in general for others that might be interested?

    Thanks!
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    I'm in the city too, and have had no luck. Organic is the best I can find (president's choice, organic meadow or l'ancetre from quebec, which tastes nicer but costs a bit more). I suspect around here you'd need to track it down from a farm, but it seems due to the laws, none of the dairy producers are willing to sell any raw dairy either for fear of prosecution. It's rather sad.
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    • #3
      After reading that, need someone for buttering

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      • #4
        It really is a sad state! If people can buy cigarettes, why can't I buy raw milk knowing the possible (not probable) implications?
        I can't remember which brand it was but organza's brand (comes in white wrapping) appeared to be the tastiest -- it's just a little out of the way....

        I'll keep plugging away and see what I can find!
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        • #5
          Cows have to be fed supplementary feed through winters on the prairies and thus cannot be considered fully grass fed. A friend of mine who raises pastured beef on a mostly grass diet north of Edmonton explained that cattle can't graze enough once the snow gets too heavy, so the farmers need to feed them hay and sometimes feed, but that the quality of that feed is really important (she NEVER feeds her animals corn or soy).
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          • #6
            That makes a lot of sense, Owly -- thanks!
            I'll take it one step further then... if we can't find grass-fed butter, can we find clarified butter (or Ghee) anywhere in Winnipeg? I figure that's the next best choice before organic butter :-).
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            • #7
              It's pretty easy to clarify your own butter. I have seen Ghee in the 'international foods' Aisle of the SuperStore here in Calgary.
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              • #8
                Yeah -- just reading up on it now.
                I suppose the quality of the ghee still depends on the butter source (grass fed VS conventional). And if I can't find grass fed butter than finding grass fed ghee is probably even more difficult. I may experiment with making my own just to see.

                Thanks for the suggestion, Leida!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CSilivestru View Post
                  That makes a lot of sense, Owly -- thanks!
                  I'll take it one step further then... if we can't find grass-fed butter, can we find clarified butter (or Ghee) anywhere in Winnipeg? I figure that's the next best choice before organic butter :-).
                  If you want organic ghee, they carry it at Planet Organic here in Edmonton, so I'd expect you'd find it at an organic grocery if you have one there.

                  I'd choose organic butter over conventional ghee generally. Either way, as Leida pointed out, you can make your own ghee fairly easily.
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                  • #10
                    If you are stuck buying conventional butter I would suggest buying cultured butter. Higher butter fat and creamier - more like European butter.
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                    • #11
                      The butter you found at Organza in the white package is probably the l'ancetre. Safeway also carries it.

                      I've found ghee at Superstore in the ethnic section, and it's tasty, though not organic and unlikely grass fed, it seems to be imported, India or Pakistan perhaps? I recently found some crazy expensive blend of organic virgin coconut oil/grass fed ghee at VitaHealth (70% coconut to 30% organic grass fed ghee). It's damn fine, but I'm using it sparingly due to the cost. About $40 for a 750 g jar. I may have seen it at Organza last week too.

                      I also saw red palm oil at I think A1 Nutrition in Grant Park, don't remember where it was from, and haven't tried it yet.
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                      • #12
                        I found grass fed Ghee from a US company that ships to Canada. It is a bit pricey but I order a few at a time and make good use of it. In fact, I often mix the Ghee half and half with coconut oil which softens it and makes it quite useful for cooking.

                        Do a search for pureindianfoods and you will find it easily

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                        • #13
                          Well I've talked to a few farms and it looks like L'ancentre is the best bet since they selectively choose the *most* grass fed cows to make their butter from. I've had good experience with their butter before so I will continue to purchase theirs... And by most, I mean the cows in which the vast majority of their diet is grass with the least amount of supplementation.

                          A buddy of mine in Ontario says he can acquire grass fed butter so I'll poke him to figure out what brand it is -- maybe we can figure out a way to get it up here...
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                          • #14
                            Not a lot of farms listed here, but you might get lucky Eat Wild - Canada

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by slowcooker View Post
                              Not a lot of farms listed here, but you might get lucky Eat Wild - Canada
                              Ha! That's where I got my list of farms to contact ;-). But thanks for the link! I'm still waiting on one response so we'll see if I get lucky....
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