The pros: Trader Joe's Cultured Salted Butter competes with the rich European butters like Kerrygold. This is very rich with a slight tang from the lactic acid.
The cons: The packaging is an issue if you plan to bake with this. There are no units of measurement other than telling you it's 8.8 ounces. As table butter it's hard to serve in the current wrapper. More expensive per pound than regular butter.
The verdict: For $2.99 this is my new go to butter for pretty much anything I can think of. If you've never tried a European style butter, you are missing out. There is a noticeable difference between American and European butter. It has to do with the fact that American butter has a higher water content. This however is just delicious. There is a slight tang and saltiness present. Even my husband noticed a difference. He now refers to Trader Joe's Cultured Salted Butter as "the good butter."
My biggest gripes are not about the product, but the packaging. I would like to serve this to guests but the foil wrapper is less than conducive. It's 8.8 ounces so it won't all fit into a butter dish at once. I also was wishing to the classic tablespoon measuring guide so I could bake with this without having to get out my food scale to weigh everything. Overall, this is going to be a regular on my shopping list.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you purchase this product.
The butter in the refrigerated aisle:
The nutritional information and ingredients:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, yes and yes. This is now my go to butter. If they would correct the packaging and indicate portion size for baking, it would become my go to for baking as well.
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