Even though this butter is described as 'lactic' what they ACTUALLY mean is that it's pure Buffalo Butter! Unique and rare, this is a special treat for anyone who values authentic flavours in South Asian cooking! Ah, the noble water buffalo. Here's one we made friends with back in 2018 when we were touring round the south of India (Kerala). People just tie them (or cows) up to roadsides that have a suitable amount of grass and leave them there for a while to do their thing, e
This is a 'budget' butter available here in Dubai at a 'budget' supermarket. But does it live up to its 'budget' reputation? There is practically nothing on the internet about the company Milba beyond its links with the UAE discount supermarket chain, Viva. It's rare that it's this difficult to find out anything on the internet about your product but this is an exception. On a personal level, we enjoy shopping at Viva as it can cut your grocery bills in half if you're willing
Somehow one of the more 'Italian' Italian butters, this dairy Co-op butter makes a great blank canvas for delicate flavours. When trying to figure out how to title this butter, we had a good laugh at ourselves about our Italian pronunciation and at just how long names can BE in Italian. The coop supplying Latteria Chiuro's milk was founded in 1957 at the base of the Italian Alps and they pride themselves on their terroir, as well as their traditions and the quality of their p
Ooh, the SLIGHTLY SALTED butter! This is a rare amount of salt and it makes a HUGE difference! There's a reason that Great Taste Award is slapped on that packaging! Let's all have a chat about salt for a minute. Different cultures have developed different tolerances for salted (or unsalted!) butter over the centuries. The current standardisation, in our humble experience, is that the French (and sometimes the Irish) consider salted butter to be well over 2% salt. Depending on
This one might win for Italian butter with the longest name. Latteria Soresina does a great job of making butters in the Po river valley in northern Italy. The area is an Alpine drainage basin, with all the wonderful pasture and river ways that go with it. Ideal for pasturing animals, Latteria Soresina takes advantage of its local terrain and produces some very good Italian butter. For the record, 'panna' means cream! (Panna Cotta means 'cooked cream') The company also takes
We won't argue with Waitrose on this one. Dairy Butter is definitely an essential. We're very lucky to have Waitrose here in Dubai, even if it is more expensive than it is in the UK. That being said, their own brand butters are very nice and consistently available. What always strikes us about Waitrose is that their butter selection, even in the Dubai Mall, tends to be very small. Lurpak, President and Waitrose own brands tend to comprise the entire Real Butter choices... whi
Gorgeous French butter, churned to perfection in traditional wooden barrels but on an epic scale. What could go wrong? Founded in 1891, Echiré has been at the top of its game for over 100 years now. According to their website, their special oak barrels impart upon their butter a special flavour and texture that renders it world-renowned. Their website is also a treasure trove of fun facts: Apparently it takes them 22 litres of milk to produce 1 kg of butter! No wonder the pri
Unpasteurised butter is exciting, complex and rare! Unique, artisanal and raw milk salted butter has arrived in Dubai at The International Butter Club! Not only is this our first unpasteurised butter but it (and its unsalted counterpart) are our first Belgian butters! Grâce a dieu, both are available in Dubai, tasty little buttery nuggets. There is absolutely no need to be worried about unpasteurised butter (unless you have a medical need to be careful) - it comes with its ow
Unpasteurised butter is exciting, complex and rare! Unique, artisanal and raw milk butter has finally arrived at The International Butter Club! Not only is this our first unpasteurised butter but it (and its salted counterpart) are our first Belgian butters! Grâce a dieu, they arrived safely in Dubai, tasty little buttery nuggets. There is absolutely no need to be worried about unpasteurised butter (unless you have a medical need to be careful) - it comes with its own infinit
Oooh, one of the most reputable butters of France! Artisanal butter from an Origine Protégée and everything! Founded in 1891, Echiré has been at the top of its game for over 100 years now. According to their website, their special oak barrels impart upon their butter a special flavour and texture that renders it world-renowned. Their website is also a treasure trove of fun facts: Apparently it takes 2 hours and 30 mins to churn their butter! No wonder the price points are wha
Italian butter, through and through, comes to us through the virtue of travel! Faggiola is a nice, typical Italian butter (light; unsalted) coming from the Apennine mountain region between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna in the centre of the country. Like most Italian butters, this one isn't for export - the locals focus on producing and enjoying the products of their labours 'in house' as it were. According to their website, the founders named the company after the highest peak i
We finally found Italian butter in Dubai! This is one we recognise from our travels in Italy and we know we liked it in-country but does it hold up internationally? "Antica cremeria" means the old-fashioned dairy. Based in Reggio Emilia, Antica Cremeria falls under Montanari & Gruzza, who produce an impressive array of butters that are, sadly as of yet, not available to the international market.
That being said, both this butter and its salted counterpart are available inte
We finally located Italian butter in Dubai! We recognised the brand from our pre-covid travels but this is SALTED - quite unusual for an Italian butter... "Antica cremeria" means the old-fashioned dairy. Based in Reggio Emilia, Antica Cremeria falls under Montanari & Gruzza, who produce an impressive array of butters that are, sadly as of yet, not available to the international market.
That being said, both this butter and its unsalted counterpart are available internationa
Agricultural tourism is huge in Italy and we were lucky enough to bump into this delightful, organic, little butter from Cutigliano, nestled up in the Tuscan hills above Lucca. Tasty treats from the Apennines, indeed! Mercifully, travel has started again after two years of COVID related faff and we can finally get out and start sampling butters from more localised places. Since the IBC has had personal links to Tuscany for more than a decade now, going back 'home' was high on
We are so lucky to be based here in Dubai and to have easy access to such 'exotic' things as camel ghee! Ghee is a different type of butter and camel milk is quite unique... which leads to an even more complex flavour profile! Camel milk is fascinating. It naturally has less saturated fat and more unsaturated fat that cows' milk and significantly more calcium, which makes it an ideal milk for those wanting to diversify their dairy preferences.
It also has less sugar than co
True love is delicate, resilient, multifaceted and hard to find. Much like this little French gem, gifted to us by a dear friend who longer lives in the city. To celebrate both Valentine's Day AND Galentine's Day, this review is dedicated to our perfectly lovely Gaëlle: tu nous manques, ma belle! At first we thought we were crazy: we looked EVERYWHERE (but not like, an 'NSA everywhere') for Le Gaslonde's professional presence on the interwebs and came up empty handed. Then we
Our first Danish butter was extremely cagey about its origins! At first we thought it was Belgian but our beautiful Belgian friend educated us otherwise! Though it is a blend of different European milks, Emborg produces a consistent Danish butter with a higher moisture content. Though it lags in its market share in comparison to its competitive juggernaut, Lurpak, Emborg certain deserves a place at the table. We hadn't heard of Emborg before we started scouting out different
What a delight it was to see another region of the UK represented on our shelves! We were particularly excited to see that this butter came with a UK Great Taste award. Did we concur? Read on, dear fellow butter enthusiast... Oh my word. We won't waste your time by wittering on and taking up blog space. This butter stands out, even months later, as a 'treat' butter. This is one we get out when we want to show off. Fully deserving of its Great Taste 2019 Award, Graham's produc
Our first pure butter from the US is a tasty little treat - for anyone raised in North America, this one tastes like home! It is mighty difficult finding butter from North America (let alone SOUTH America) here in Dubai! Before we really started paying attention to the impressive variety of butter available in the UAE, this one always caught our eye as its packaging is traditional and unique within the butter section. What's more, it's divided into actual STICKS, which (if yo
Anchor UK rounds out our Anchor butter reviews! Produced in Wiltshire by Arla Foods, its parent company is still the New Zealand Anchor we know and love, but with a beautiful British product that's quite different from its Kiwi counterpart. According to Wikipedia, Anchor butter in the UK used to be imported from New Zealand until 2012, when Arla took over the license and started production for the local market. The results are a single company with several very different prod