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Icelandic Butter

It sounds stupid, but I saw in Whole Foods today that they're now selling Icelandic butter so I thought I would let people know that, in my opinion at least, they have really, really tasty butter in Iceland. It's good stuff. Try some.

November 30, 2005 | Permalink


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Enjoy, but unfortunately once you hit 35 they tell you to stay away from saturated fats.

Posted by: fnook | Nov 30, 2005 11:18:02 PM

Also, Irish butter is really good. It's sold as "Kerry Gold" sometimes in wholefoods.

Don't know why that is. The grass? the kind of cow? The water content?

Posted by: battlepanda | Nov 30, 2005 11:58:55 PM

Seeing battlepanda's comment, maybe it's just that American butter isn't very good? We have been overinvesting in guns lately.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Dec 1, 2005 1:42:59 AM

With that comment, Neil has already sewn up the prize for best comment in the entire month of December.


"Enjoy, but unfortunately once you hit 35 they tell you to stay away from saturated fats."

A number of countries like France feature diets high in saturated fats, but yet enjoy good health and long life expectancy. You just need to consume a coherent diet. In other words, don't believe everything they tell you.

Posted by: Petey | Dec 1, 2005 2:16:52 AM

I feel like everything from Iceland is just better. Have you tasted their lamb? Have you heard their Bjork?

Posted by: Matt #3 | Dec 1, 2005 8:34:31 AM

Iceland? Ha! Come out to Madison (WI). The Sentry off of University on the west side of town has butter from just waaaaay too many places.

Me, I prefer just plain old Land O'Lakes Unsalted. Try finding that in America's Dairyland...

Posted by: David in Mad City | Dec 1, 2005 9:53:10 AM

European ("lactic") butter is better in general (Swiss butter? oh man...). It's because they allow it to be processed by a bacterial culture. See here. I think it may also have a higher fat content, due to being churned more than American butter... not sure about that, though.

Posted by: tom | Dec 1, 2005 10:28:13 AM

Speaking of European dairy products, has anyone ever seen Rivella stateside?

A whey-based soft drink might sound nasty, sure, but that stuff is seriously delicious.

Posted by: tomot | Dec 1, 2005 6:27:52 PM

What about the yogurt drink Yop? That shit's good, but I've never seen it in the glorious United States of America.

Posted by: fnook | Dec 1, 2005 7:46:12 PM

I will try. My rule: use good butter sparingly, you don't need much. Also, try a cultured butter sometime:


Posted by: Paul Hinrichs | Dec 1, 2005 10:27:38 PM

Try the "skyr" next. It is low fat, high protein, low sugar (as long as you don't get the flavoured with sugar added aimed at kids) and tastes good. What yoghurt aspires to be.

Posted by: Steinn Sigurdsson | Dec 2, 2005 12:05:08 PM

Seriously? I may have to go to wholefoods and look for that. That butter was da bomb. Along with the skyr. Good thing too, since there wasn't a whole lot else of Icelandic cuisine I could eat. I'm still miffed at not getting to try lychee patee.

Posted by: Saheli | Dec 3, 2005 10:01:12 PM

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