I Used to Work on a Dairy Farm — This, IMO, Is the Best Butter You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s

published Jan 11, 2022
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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.

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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. 

Bloggers love this butter, so I decided to pick up a block during a recent trip to TJ’s. I was also tempted by the presence of a cultured and salted butter from New Zealand. In the name of research, I tossed both (and all the other butter options!) into my cart.

Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Cultured Salted Butter, $3.69 for 8.8 ounces

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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?