Ever wondered why Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak?

By Martin Isark
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 Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak? Get to know your style of butter.  

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.

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Not forgetting:
Barcode: 5036589200017
Yeo Valley Organic Salted Butter
Want organic salted sweet cream butter? This is as  good as you’ll find anywhere, so if the style and price fits – put it in the trolley.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 5010137012505
Country Life Butter
Country Life is a sweet cream butter that delivers rich creamy buttery tastes.  If the style, size and price fits – put a pack in the trolley.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 5000165024014
Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter Salted
Kerrygold’s sweet cream style salted butter is good as you’ll find anywhere, so if the price fits – put it in the trolley. Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 3228020481167
President Unsalted French Butter
European style unsalted butter that delivers clean yogurt-like notes. Perfect for spreading and cooking.Tasted by Martin Isark

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