Don't tell my doctor this, but I firmly believe that bread's only purpose in life is to act as vessel to get butter from a dish and into my mouth. I eat — and buy! — a lot butter. I've bought generic sticks, super-fancy small-batch containers from a farm in upstate New York, the Trader Joe's stuff, and everything in between. So, earlier this year, when I was working with the rest of the Kitchn editors to compile this list of the 100 groceries that were making us the most excited, I was curious to see what picks everyone would have when we got to the butter category.
Turns out, we were all in agreement!
There are two butters that belong in every home in America. And we're not just talking about the basic salted and unsalted varieties, although these do check both of those boxes. We're talking about the specific brands. (Yes, you can have other butters — like this Vermont Creamery Butter with Sea Salt — but those are more like bonus butters. Who doesn't love a bonus butter?)
These are the butters every home cook needs in the fridge.
Fun fact: Both of these butters made our top list of grocery essentials in our official Kitchn 100.
For those of us who grew up with Country Crock in the house, this is the 2018 version. It's actual butter, made from milk that grass-fed Kerrygold cows produce in the summer months, which is high in naturally softer milkfat. There's even a special process that gently churns that summer milk to create a softer, more spreadable natural butter. I actually like this stuff better than more expensive options I've had, which means I can spread it on sandwiches, use it on a steak, or cover an ear of corn with abandon!
Did you know that Land O'Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative, and that they make Kitchn editors' go-to unsalted butter? Both are true! This is the butter you're gonna want to use whenever you're baking something — like biscuits, cookies, or cakes!). Store in the freezer and just use this ingenious tip when it's time to get cooking (or baking!).
Related: Why Recipes Call for Unsalted Butter
Did you already have these in your fridge or freezer?