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    Kerry Gold vs. Organic Valley Pasture Butter

    I always hear props for Kerry Gold, and wonder do they just not know about the more local and organic Organic Valley Pasture butter? or is it me that doesn't know something?

    Is there any difference other than it's not coming from the other side of the globe?

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    Never heard of Kerrygold until today. Went to their website, and saw another thread on it, and will probably try it. It is made from the milk of grass-fed cows, and a lot of people in this community apparently use it. I use the same butter you do, but willing to give Kerrygold a try.
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    I read somewhere, and now can't recall where, that Organic Valley has better numbers on CLA. I also read (same place) that OV only harvests butter when the grass is green, but I would think that's the same for KerryGold since they are in Ireland where it's always green...

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    Love the Kerry gold butter, definitely grass fed and SAMs now has 1 PB packs for $7.38!
    Organic valley is also good in a pinch. Kerry gold also has their aged sharp cheddar cheese that's super good.
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    Ditch them both for Icelandic Smjor if you can get it . . . especially if you cook with butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brahnamin View Post
    Ditch them both for Icelandic Smjor if you can get it . . . especially if you cook with butter.
    Is Icelandic Smjor available at your store? Would love to try it.

    And I will stop in later in the day next time...both of my visits were before you got to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in Virginia View Post
    Is Icelandic Smjor available at your store? Would love to try it.

    And I will stop in later in the day next time...both of my visits were before you got to work.
    My pastor's wife finally caught me yesterday. She's been in the store I don't know how many times since we opened in March and never manages to hit my shift (of course, it's retail . . . *shrUg* . . . no such thing as a set schedule).

    Regarding the Smjor, no, we don't carry it. You might be able to get it online direct from Iceland, but as far as I know Whole Foods Market is still the only retailer that Iceland will sell to (though they also service select independent restaurants with their products). It has to do with Whole Foods Market's sustainability practices worldwide, as independent sustainability is a concept actually built into Iceland's national constitution. They're understandably proud of the fact that they have essentially achieved it.

    As for the butter itself, I like it because it has the lowest tested water content of any butter, so you're cooking with a whole fat (similar to coconut oil).

    If you ever want to do an experiment to see for yourself, melt a pat of good butter (Kerrygold is a good example) and a pat of generic store-brand butter in separate pans and you'll see what I'm talking about. The generic butter will melt and you can actually see the fat skimming across and separating from an underlayer of water, whereas a butter like Kerrygold, while it still has some water content, is mostly fat. Smjor even moreso.

    We once had an Icelandic chef come into our store and pan-sear Icelandic salmon in the unsalted Smjor (pronounced smeer, btw - there's normally an umlaut over the o) and the skin crisped up so well it was like eating crackling deliciousness.

    Closest WFM to us is on W. Broad street in Richmond. About an hour drive, but traffic usually isn't bad. Since I quit working for them, I still go down there twice a year to stock up on stuff I can't get easily elsewhere. Smjor is one of my staple purchases. Though thankfully I no longer have to stock up on meat.

    ETA - If you have to head north for your job anyway, the WFM on Old Keene Mill road in Springfield is the closest in that direction (actually, it's a little closer, but the traffic is so much heavier it takes longer to get there).
    Last edited by brahnamin; 06-30-2011 at 07:16 AM.

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    I use both, but Kerrygold definitely has a superior flavor.
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    Kerrygold has set the bar very high. Its so creamy and delicious.
    Organic Valley has its work cut out for it. They indicate that its available at my local grocery so Ill check out the pasture butter.
    Thanks for the tip.

    Quote Originally Posted by MoBob View Post
    Kerry gold also has their aged sharp cheddar cheese that's super good.
    This I will have to locate. I love sharp aged cheddar.
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    I can't seem to find the butter unless its St Patty's day at which time my local european markets start stocking it at a good price. I'll have to buy a bunch next year and freeze it

    The cheese is available at a good price at TJ's but I haven't tried it yet. I bought a round of salted sheep cheese that I still need to finish off...

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