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Grass-fed butter flavor?

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Created April 10, 2011 at 7:18 PM

What does good grass-fed butter taste like? I bought some grass-fed for the first time (Pastureland unsalted) and it has a flavor I can't stomach. Should it taste strongly of grass? It's a very cowy flavor.

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Okay, thanks. I think I remember having grass-fed milk before and tasting really good, so I had a feeling something was wrong. I'm going to check out kerrygold soon.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Steak tastes better.

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on April 11, 2011
at 04:22 AM

well, honestly, if it's raw it may still have some of that flavor, depends on how sensitive you are to it, and it will vary from batch to batch. I can't imagine any milk sold at WF coming from a farm small enough to hand milk, unless *maybe* it's from a cooperative of farmers, but still, super unlikely. The only way to tell is to try the milk, but like i said, it may still vary. I've had raw milk that didn't have it and some that has. Personally it doesn't bug me too much if it's not too overwhelming.

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on April 11, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Thank you! I bought some raw cream at WF last year and had to throw it out because of a very strong "barnyard" taste. It was horrible! I think perhaps I should try another brand that maybe machine milks their animals. I imagine there's no way to know this before buying though right?

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on April 11, 2011
at 02:01 AM

no, no it shouldn't. Just like crappy california chardonnay shouldn't taste like a stick of butter. I've certainly had raw milk that had that flavor, though never butter.

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on April 10, 2011
at 11:12 PM

incidentally most people would characterize "grass flavor" as very clean and pleasant. "barnyard" is more along the lines of what you call "cowy", in wine terms this generally refers to a flavor that is well, reminiscent of manure.

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on April 10, 2011
at 11:10 PM

grass fed butter shouldn't have a "barnyard" taste necessarily. If you are buying raw milk or butter that has been hand milked instead of machine milked, it may have a barnyard taste. Machine milking is not a big deal if the cows are pastured. Our VERY VERY small operation farmer got a mechanical aid to milk his cows for a few reasons, but these cows and milk are as healthy as any. Maybe you should just try a different brand if you don't like that flavor. Grass fed butter does not have a particular flavor per se, and can taste very different at different times of the year, depending on whether they're eating young spring grass or winter hay etc. None of these times of year should give a "barnyard" flavor per se, that depends more on milking method.

Excellent brands include Kerrygold and Organic Valley Pastured Butter. You may notice a greater richness to the fat, a different texture or sometimes a deeper yellow color (though not necessarily a color difference).

You can get Kerrygold (at least the salted stuff) at Costco.

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on April 11, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Thank you! I bought some raw cream at WF last year and had to throw it out because of a very strong "barnyard" taste. It was horrible! I think perhaps I should try another brand that maybe machine milks their animals. I imagine there's no way to know this before buying though right?

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 10, 2011
at 11:12 PM

incidentally most people would characterize "grass flavor" as very clean and pleasant. "barnyard" is more along the lines of what you call "cowy", in wine terms this generally refers to a flavor that is well, reminiscent of manure.

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on April 11, 2011
at 04:22 AM

well, honestly, if it's raw it may still have some of that flavor, depends on how sensitive you are to it, and it will vary from batch to batch. I can't imagine any milk sold at WF coming from a farm small enough to hand milk, unless *maybe* it's from a cooperative of farmers, but still, super unlikely. The only way to tell is to try the milk, but like i said, it may still vary. I've had raw milk that didn't have it and some that has. Personally it doesn't bug me too much if it's not too overwhelming.

Bd4be59f5bcfafc3d834d1ec8765eb9e

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Okay, thanks. I think I remember having grass-fed milk before and tasting really good, so I had a feeling something was wrong. I'm going to check out kerrygold soon.

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on April 11, 2011
at 01:59 PM

I just bought some grass-fed heavy cream from Whole Foods and made my own butter this weekend! It seems to have a lighter butter-flavor, but its super smooth and I can add herbs or salt or garlic to enhance it. Easy peasy, quick, and fun!

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on April 11, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I recently purchased some Organic unsalted butter, and compared to regular butter (which I would gladly eat plain) I cannot stand the flavor. It's just.. horribly plain and somewhat chemically tasting.

Though, I think that's just the lack of salt.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:31 AM

Marrow fat tastes mildly grassy, its a very nice flavor, not too strong, goes nicely with salads and greens with a dash of fresh leamon. Much better than lard IMO. But i have never tasted butter that tastes grassy or like cow.

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on April 11, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Kerrygold tastes like... butter. I don't notice a difference in taste between grass and not-grass butter.

"Cowy" = snort. Butter shouldn't taste/smell of Brettanomyces, the critter that gives wine that stinky cowflop nose.

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on April 11, 2011
at 02:01 AM

no, no it shouldn't. Just like crappy california chardonnay shouldn't taste like a stick of butter. I've certainly had raw milk that had that flavor, though never butter.

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on April 10, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Cow tastes good.

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on April 11, 2011
at 10:57 AM

Steak tastes better.

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