Our first proper New Zealand butter! We sampled the salted and unsalted at the same time and there's a reason why New Zealand has the reputation it does! We absolutely love how this stuff is sold in bricks. Even though this blog write up is months late, it still tickles us pink that we could conceivably build a wall or an igloo from this stuff.
Again, it was #Kibsons that provided both our unsalted and our salted versions, which happens to be the only Anchor supplier in Dub
Our first proper New Zealand butter! We sampled the salted and unsalted at the same time and there's a reason why New Zealand has the reputation it does! Ah, New Zealand. We were so excited to find Anchor butter here in Dubai. Anchor is an interesting company - its home is New Zealand but it also has a solid commercial presence in the UK through its UK company. We can find Anchor UK easily here in Dubai but Anchor ZN, with its New Zealand produced milk, is much harder to find
Despite the fact that Organic Larder is a UAE company, this butter originates from Italy! We're very excited to see this butter because, for an Italian butter, it's unique! Read on, dear reader - Read on! In our experience, Italian butters are unique in that they're very clean and clear and remarkably pale, probably due to grain fed cows. This butter, however, from Organic Larder is impressively yellow and gracefully flavourful. The packaging is very sweet too- it has the typ
Yeo Valley is an incredible organic dairy producer. Perhaps more well-known for their yoghurt, they also produce decadent butter in addition to an array of different dairy products. Their butters have nothing to do with the fermented variety; these are light, delicate and fresh from start to finish! Yeo Valley knows what they're doing when it comes to product design. These little blocks of butter are beautifully packaged with little daisies and bunting sprinkled across the wr
Like its unsalted counterpart, Ferma's salted butter is a tasty treat that packs a punch. We loved the complexity of this well-balanced Ukrainian butter! We will never case to be amazed at how many different Ukrainian butters are easily available here in Dubai. Ferma does both salted and unsalted, so though they're not exactly comparable due to the salt content, it's nice to have a range from a dairy. We sampled both in the same tasting though we sampled all the unsalted butt
You have to go out of your way to find this Ukrainian butter but it's well worth the sojourn. This is a unique butter that needs to be tasted to be believed! It never ceases to impress us that Ukraine exports so much butter to the UAE. We are, of course, eternally grateful because nowhere else on the planet have we even seen Ukranian butter even as an option! A country with such a rich (yet under-appreciated) food history would logically produce a lot of butter for its own co
Pure cow ghee from the Egypt- and our first product from Africa! This stuff packs a punch and can hold up to any spice you can throw at it. Hello friends! This week, we get our first submission from the great African continent! This ghee took us some time to find because, unlike other ghees, it's sold from cooler sections here and not in the oils aisles. Egypt has an established tradition of making ghee, or samna baladi as Wikipedia helpfully explains. Though samna baladi is
Our first American butter is a blend but is also the only one we can locate in Dubai at the moment. However, from what we can tell, the US currently has enough on its plate, so keep on fighting the good fight and welcome to The Club. Once upon a time, before COVID, we could get a decent variety of American butters easily. Then, supply chains got disrupted, price points changed, availability dried up and here we are with our first American specimen. This isn't really a fair en
The wonderful Paulina Gutiérrez from Food & Wine Magazine en Español found us and has just published a fabulous interview! If you're fluent in Spanish or just want to practice, please view the original article HERE. It's glorious and so is she. If you're not fluent, please see our badly translated English version for your convenience below. All text, Spanish original and English translation, copyright 2020 Paulina Gutiérrez for Food & Wine Magazine en Español. No plagiarism o
Premium taste from a premium grass-fed cow butter ghee! Ah, New Zealand. A country famous for, amongst other things, grass-fed dairy and meat products! Thanks to #MichaelPollan and others, grass-fed is one of our top aspirational buzzwords these days but in this case, it is truly the case.
Milkio is based near Hamilton (Kirikiriroa), which is located on New Zealand's North Island, just south of Auckland. They pride themselves on meticulous commitment to producing some of th
Saudi Arabia is a prolific dairy producer and is really quite talented at creating their own French-style butters. Nadec takes it to the #NextLevel. In the UAE, we generally have two Saudi butters available to us: Almarai and Nadec. Having previously reviewed Almarai, we're very pleased to add our other Saudi competitor to our family! The Saudi butters available to us are all cultured butters, as in produced with lactic bacteria introduced in order to produce the characterist
This is far from our first ghee ever, but it is the first one to get a writeup! This is a fantastic ghee- rich, sweet-smelling and beautiful in food, regardless of spice or heat content. When I fist saw this in the shop, I thought I recognised the language printed on the label. My father is from India's southern-most state, Kerala and sure enough, that's where it's from! Fun fact: Kerala's predominant language, Malayalam, is the world's longest palindrome! How fitting that th