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 you refer to Bride Wars cannon) is the true, original butter sampling form of The International Butter Club. Available in Dubai only at Lulu Hypermarket Al Barsha (and sometimes at other outlets within the city) Shullsburg Creamery's Salted Butter is a delightful stroll down memory lane, especially as travel is so restricted and inconvenient these days. Welcome home!
Shullsburg Creamery Salted Butter Appreciation
Butter Break Down
Appreciation Date: 24/03/2021
Country of Origin: USA (Wisconsin)
Point of Procurement: Lulu Hypermarket Al Barsha, Dubai
Purchase State: Fresh
Milk: Cow; Pasteurised
Salt Content: Yes; Proportion Not Indicated
Milk Fat Content: Not Indicated
Ingredients: Pasteurized cream, salt.
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We are not here to condemn or commend any butter for its origins; rather to describe them as best we can so as to serve as a guide for those looking for particular traits. That being said, North American butter (like many things manufactured on the continent) has a less-artisanal feel to it than European butters. To those who grew up with it, it's cleaner and less heavy than many cultured or fermented butters. To those who didn't: it can taste manufactured.
We were really looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint. We grew up on North American butter and for certain things (popcorn, in particular) nothing else will do!
We have a love-hate relationship with the packaging: It's conveniently packaged in metric & imperial sticks which is great for baking and butter dishes but this type of paper packaging always leaves a vaguely chemical olfactory residue on the aroma. We've noticed this with other companies too. Though noticeable the packaging isn't too strong with this one and, quite frankly, it is part of the experience.
This butter has a low gloss and is quite solid when chilled, though softens quickly at room temperature. It's a light yellow and opaque with good bite and a slight crumble when cut into.
As per the aroma, it's extremely discrete which, unfortunately, features the packaging more than we suspect is intended. There is some light dairy - almost milky which becomes more noticeable when combined with the tasting bread or when sampled on its own. The taste profile, however, is textbook North American butter. This one has a classic buttery taste that is very salt-forward; it's almost metallic. This butter reflects its origins more than it may realise - instead of sticking around like a complex, cheesy cultured butter, coating the mouth and lingering on the palate, this one hits with a bang of salt and butter that spreads quickly and evenly throughout the mouth but then, equally rapidly, dissipates to prepare the consumer for the next bite.
Textbook North America!
It feels lighter (though this is real butter- don't be fooled, folks!) and is great for many things but particularly for re-creating North American-specific dishes... especially homemade movie popcorn! This is a butter that delivers butter without getting distracted with layers of flavour profiles. The only thing that detracts from this one is the packaging smell but we can get over that.
Colour: Light yellow; opaque; low gloss
Aroma: Very faint dairy; some packaging
Taste: Salt, uncomplicated butter, then refreshed
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