Antica Cremeria Unsalted Buter - Italy
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 internationally, and we were lucky enough to find them in Dubai! This is a butter we readily enjoy whilst on holiday in Italy (back when we had the chance) and it's a delight to formally welcome it to the annals of the International Butter Club!
Antica Cremeria Unsalted Butter Appreciation
Butter Break Down
Appreciation Date: January 8, 2021
Country of Origin: Italy
Point of Procurement: Secrets Fine Food, Dubai
Purchase State: Frozen
Milk: Cow, pasteurised
Salt Content: None
Milk Fat Content: Not indicated
Ingredients: Pasteurised cream of milk, lactic cultures
Packaging Type: Coated paper
Company Website: https://www.montanari-gruzza.it/en/
In which we discuss Antica Cremeria's Unsalted butter.
True to form, this butter is extremely light in colour (though not as white as some of its compatriots) and nearly white. It's a nice solid butter, that tries to rip or crumble as we cut into it. Though it has some internal sheen to it, the butter itself is low gloss- almost matte and opaque, unlike some other Italian butters.
We're quite disappointed though because the coated paper packaging imparted quite a smell on the surface of the butter. This is a crime particularly heinous for Italian butters since their aromas are generally very fresh and faint and hard to discern already; having the packaging get in the way is very disappointing.
As you can see, though, the butter really sits up and presents itself well on bread. That structural integrity and 'rippy-ness' lends a fabulous mouthfeel. What does it actually taste like, you ask? This is a clean, fresh, blank fat that almost doesn't taste like butter! At most, it's milky but clears the mouth very quickly with only a lingering texture rather than full on flavour. It's very rich but doesn't overstay its welcome - plays very well with other delicate flavours.
This is a lovely, textbook Italian butter with great structural integrity - so much so it almost reminds us of some British butters! Sadly, the packaging really got in the way with this one and, since it's already unsalted and has very discrete flavours to begin with, it really impeded the enjoyment of the butter.
That being said, its texture is fantastic and spreading it is an absolute pleasure!
Colour: Bright creamy white
Aroma: Sadly, packaging
Taste: Clean cream
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