Most shoppers associate butter’s taste by the branded name on the pack, not that it’s a ‘sweet’ or ‘sour’ cream style butter. This brand butter buying works well for the supermarket shopper as most of the big producers stick to one style of butter. Ever wondered why Country Life tastes so different from Lurpak? These are two popular examples that demonstrate the different flavours of sweet and sour cream butter. Want to know more? The below may help a little.
Sweet cream style butter:
A ‘sweet cream’ style of butter is produced from pasteurized fresh cream. Although it is rich and creamy, it does not taste sweet! Unless of course, you taste it next to a ‘sour cream’ style butter. It is the most popular style on the supermarket shelves. Well known brands are: Anchor, Yeo Valley, Country Life, Kerrygold and most of the supermarket own branded butters.
Sour cream style butter:
The original method of making ‘sour cream’ butter was to let the milk stand for several days and let the natural bacteria perform the souring process. This method is rarely used today. Now the popular way is to add a lactic culture to turn the milk sour.
The ‘sour cream’ style of butter does not command as much shelf space as the ‘sweet cream’, but its clean yogurt-like and sometimes nutty taste is a must have for many foodies and chefs. Well known brands are: Lurpak, Wheelbarrow and President.
Country Life English butter