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
We weren't sure what to expect with a 'butter with cocoa' but it's truly mind-blowing. It's not cocoa butter... it's not chocolate spread... it's completely and divinely its own Thing! Good grief, you guys. 2021 was NOT our year! We've had this marvellous little beauty tucked away for far too long and it deserves to shine! Please enjoy our tasting notes of the day which are NSFW and include (quite frankly) appropriate levels of profanity: So, naturally, we hastened to write u
We are privileged to have access to multiple Ukranian butters and this brand does not disappoint! When they say 'sweetcream', they mean it! This stuff is just fun. The company's website is delightfully ESL and they only do three different butters- all of which we've managed to sample. They produce consistently lovely product which has a unique texture profile compared to most of the other supermarket options readily available in Dubai! They produce a myriad of different dairy
We are privileged to have access to multiple Ukranian butters and this brand does not disappoint! When they say 'sweetcream', they mean it! This particular butter has, at 74.5%, the lowest butterfat content of any butter that we've yet encountered. In order to be considered butter, the established international standard indicates that the butterfat content should be at least 80%. This one, however, we found to have just as much structural integrity as the brand's 82.6%, if n
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
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
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
After three personal recommendations, of course the IBC had to profile this one! Proper French butter from Brittany is always a delight and it's so easy to comprehend why this one has captured the hearts of so many. Nom nom nom. In this, our first venture into the butters of Brittany, we delve into a butter that is a fixed fan favourite amongst butter enthusiasts. Paysan Breton, established as a dairy cooperative in 1969, has a firmly established presence in the international