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I'm a baker and I've gone through 3 different brands of American 'real butter' and none of which are suiting my baking palate.

I've googled and read the 'best butters in america' reviews but want to hear it from my Canadian friends.....cuz you know what I'm used too.

There has to be a good quality brand of butter here that;s equivalent to the butter I am used to in Canada without shelling out my first born.

I'm also not interested in spending $8.00 a pound for butter imported from Europe.

Butter connoisseur please help. I'm tired of making cookies that don't melt in your mouth....




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I don't think it is the recipie for the butter, I think the fault is in the cows giving the milk. Cows here are like US children, they sit about and eat but never exercise. So you are getting unfit milk ( in more ways than one ) to make butter from. Try looking for some small farmer near you that makes butter , too small to make anyones list of butters. I will bet cows that get out and exercise gives you better milk.


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Haha oh my gosh, I know what you mean! Everything in Florida is "sweet cream butter".. which to my palate is sickeningly sweet and disgusting. I went though quite a few brands before I found the Breakstone butter. There's also an imported Irish one that's ok but I can't remember the name right now, sorry!


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I'm a baker and I've gone through 3 different brands of American 'real butter' and none of which are suiting my baking palate.

I've googled and read the 'best butters in america' reviews but want to hear it from my Canadian friends.....cuz you know what I'm used too.

There has to be a good quality brand of butter here that;s equivalent to the butter I am used to in Canada without shelling out my first born.

I'm also not interested in spending $8.00 a pound for butter imported from Europe.

Butter connoisseur please help. I'm tired of making cookies that don't melt in your mouth....

This is America, you butter get used to it.


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Haha oh my gosh, I know what you mean! Everything in Florida is "sweet cream butter".. which to my palate is sickeningly sweet and disgusting. I went though quite a few brands before I found the Breakstone butter. There's also an imported Irish one that's ok but I can't remember the name right now, sorry!

Kerrygold?


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Kerrygold?

Yes!!!! I just went to the grocery store to get the fixins for dinner, and looked at the butter. Definitely Kerrygold :)


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Yes!!!! I just went to the grocery store to get the fixins for dinner, and looked at the butter. Definitely Kerrygold :)

I have very fond memories of being a small child in my grandmother's kitchen whilst she was making dinner. She'd always make us soup for starters, with a bread roll, and she'd put the Kerrygold down on the table for the bread. One of those tastes that really takes me back. I'm glad they sell it there.


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Oh I still can't find a brand that will work for all my baking. Some things any brand will work some I gave up making.


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Haha oh my gosh, I know what you mean! Everything in Florida is "sweet cream butter".. which to my palate is sickeningly sweet and disgusting. I went though quite a few brands before I found the Breakstone butter. There's also an imported Irish one that's ok but I can't remember the name right now, sorry!

so what your saying is Breakstone butter is good... and Kerigold is okay?

I've not seen Breakstone in stores here in the Reno area...seen the Kerigold but wasn't keen on it. Any other recommendations???

....butter is not going to travel well on a 5.5 hour flight....:(




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Freeze Canadian butter and put it in the middle of your clothes, it should travel fine, then sample the options in your region. I'd look for a company that makes locally grown butter or organic butter. American dairy products just taste odd. And their margarine makes my toast sad and soggy when I'm there.


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Freeze Canadian butter and put it in the middle of your clothes, it should travel fine, then sample the options in your region. I'd look for a company that makes locally grown butter or organic butter. American dairy products just taste odd. And their margarine makes my toast sad and soggy when I'm there.

pseudo butter (aka margarine)....no way!!! won't work with me. stuff doesn't even melt when put on toast....

guess freezing it and wrapping it might work. going to try that the next time i visit.




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03 Feb 2014- NOA1

10 months of bologna, we cannot believe this, nor will you if you knew
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10-Feb 2015 case and iin # assigned
10-Feb 2015 completed ds 261
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11-Feb 2015 welcome letter rec'd
15-Feb 2015 emailed AOS & IV package info
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28-May 2015 noon visa in hand!!

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I'm a baker and I've gone through 3 different brands of American 'real butter' and none of which are suiting my baking palate.

I've googled and read the 'best butters in america' reviews but want to hear it from my Canadian friends.....cuz you know what I'm used too.

There has to be a good quality brand of butter here that;s equivalent to the butter I am used to in Canada without shelling out my first born.

I'm also not interested in spending $8.00 a pound for butter imported from Europe.

Butter connoisseur please help. I'm tired of making cookies that don't melt in your mouth....

I've been here almost a year and have yet to find the perfect butter. Usually you can "smell" the bad ones right away through the packaging (yes I look odd smelling the butter in all the stores). I've been using Trader Joe's organic unsalted butter. It's not bad and it doesn't have the weird smell or taste. It's cheaper than most supermarket butter. Oh and if you can only afford one organic thing in the US buy organic milk.

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Organic milk is the only way to make milk taste like it does in Canada. Thankfully it's half the price of Canadian organic.

I have no opinion in butter because Im nit a baker. I use tillamook.

Then again i have a non-existent palate too and a horrible sense of smell. Lol

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pseudo butter (aka margarine)....no way!!! won't work with me. stuff doesn't even melt when put on toast....

guess freezing it and wrapping it might work. going to try that the next time i visit.

My stepfather had a Thing about people using too much butter--he would check the butter dish about three times a day to try and find the butter-eating culprits. My mother had high cholesterol and always used the olive oil becel. All of us kids adapted--olive oil becel on sandwiches and toast, butter on our veggies at dinner. Because then my stepfather couldn't go psychotic at us randomly for using too much butter--he was at the table supervising when we used it. As a result, I use margarine on my toast--olive oil becel or celeb (the president's choice version of becel)--and butter for everything else.


Met in 2010 on a forum for a mutual interest. Became friends.
2011: Realized we needed to evaluate our status as friends when we realized we were talking about raising children together.

2011/2012: Decided we were a couple sometime in, but no possibility of being together due to being same sex couple.

June 26, 2013: DOMA overturned. American married couples ALL have the same federal rights at last! We can be a family!

June-September, 2013: Discussion about being together begins.

November 13, 2013: Meet in person to see if this could work. It's perfect. We plan to elope to Boston, MA.

March 13, 2014 Married!

May 9, 2014: Petition mailed to USCIS

May 12, 2014: NOA1.
October 27, 2014: NOA2. (5 months, 2 weeks, 1 day after NOA1)
October 31, 2014: USCIS ships file to NVC (five days after NOA2) Happy Halloween for us!

November 18, 2014: NVC receives our case (22 days after NOA2)

December 17, 2014: NVC generates case number (50 days after NOA2)

December 19, 2014: Receive AOS bill, DS-261. Submit DS-261 (52 days after NOA2)

December 20, 2014: Pay AOS Fee

January 7, 2015: Receive, pay IV Fee

January 10, 2015: Complete DS-260

January 11, 2015: Send AOS package and Civil Documents
March 23, 2015: Case Complete at NVC. (70 days from when they received docs to CC)

May 6, 2015: Interview at Montréal APPROVED!

May 11, 2015: Visa in hand! One year less one day from NOA1.

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