I Used to Work on a Dairy Farm — This, IMO, Is the Best Butter You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s
I love Trader Joe’s for all of its snacky finds and holiday specials. You really can’t go wrong with air-fried macaroni and cheese bites and stuffing-flavored potato chips. But if you shop at Trader Joe’s regularly, you probably also know it’s a great source for everyday pantry staples. And one of the best items at Trader Joe’s, period, is their cultured salted butter from Brittany, France.
I’m admittedly a bit of a snob when it comes to butter — I used to work on a farm where we made our own — so I have high standards when it comes to the spread. I tend to prefer European-style butter, which has a higher fat content and richer flavor. Because it’s cultured, it also has a slight tang, which is a nice foil to the creaminess.
Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Cultured Salted Butter, $3.69 for 8.8 ounces
The Brittany butter won without question. First, it has a creamier, more spreadable texture — perfect for toast. It also has a funkier overall flavor, which I prefer. The salt level is spot-on; present, without being overpowering. And yes, it really is made in France.
On my next trip to TJ’s, I stocked up on even more of the French butter. It will keep well in my freezer, and I’ll always have some on hand when I want to bake. (Yep, I do bake with salted European butter! The richer texture is worth a little added sodium. I usually just dial back the amount of additional salt in the rest of the recipe.)
If you like room-temperature butter, I highly suggest investing in another French staple: a butter crock, which will keep your TJ’s buy fresh and spreadable right on your countertop.
Have you tried this butter? What’d you think?