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    weird smelling butter from the farmer's market...?

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    I bought 3/4 of a pound of fresh, unsalted butter from my local farmer's market on Tuesday. I've no idea if the cows are grass-fed or grain-fed, but one way or another... the butter smells weird. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. The ingredients are listed as just "cream" so I was wondering if fresh butter just... smells differently? Am I missing something? Should I be concerned? Thanks!
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    eat it! it is either OK or not OK!

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    does it smell sour? sweet? dirty? like grass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    does it smell sour? sweet? dirty? like grass?
    I'm honestly not sure how to describe it, but it's very different from the store-bought butter I've had in the past. It's not rancid though.
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    if it's not rancid butter, which has a damn distinct odor, you should be fine. perhaps it's cultured butter? that could make it smell different. aside from rancidity, you should be fine.

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    My bet is it's cultured - they basically milk the cow and let the cream ferment for a few hours before turning it into butter. Gives it a different taste and smell.

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    It can also depend on what the cow ate--some plants will alter the taste of the milk/butter.
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    Was it from Southern Swiss Dairy? I've bought from them before and I've also noticed. I'm pretty sure it's cultured.

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    Yes, from milk left at room temp for the cream to rise. Can't stand it personally. What you want is "Sweet Cream Butter." Not cultured/clabbered.

    Sweet cream is chilled, not cultured/aged/sour.
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    Cultured I bet. I bought some and the smell is so pungent I'm afraid I do not like it. I tried to clarify it to fix it but it's still too strong. I can only cook with it. I bought some before this batch and it was sweet and good but was starting to get this smell toward the end. I plan to make sure it's not stinky next time. Or just stick with kerrygold.
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