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Store brand butter vs. Land o'Lakes

post #1 of 23
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I'm sure this is discussed somewhere here in the forums, but I've been unable to find it due to the limitations of the search engine.

I've always used Land O'Lakes butter, but I just noticed how much cheaper the store brand butter is. Is there any difference, both for cakes and for icing?
post #2 of 23
There is a difference. But frankly i use the store brand unless i can get land-o-lakes on sale. Most importantly is if you are using different brands of butter in your icing to use the same brand for all your batches for a cake, or you run the chance of the icing being different colors.
post #3 of 23
Aldi Supermarket carries an excellent butter. The brand is Happy Farms 1 lb (4 quarters) costs $ 1.89.
When I use it for my pie crust the wonderful smell permeates the house. icon_smile.gif


http://www.aldifoods.com/index_ENU_HTML.htm
post #4 of 23
I just have to comment! I live overseas and do most of my shopping at a military base commissary. I have two butter choices: Land o'Lakes and Challenge brand. The Challenge is significantly cheaper, but this is a case where you get what you pay for. Everything that I have used the Challenge butter in (cakes, icing, cookies, pie crust) has suffered in taste (and in the case of the cookies, consistency of spreading). So I'm a Land O'Lakes die hard. Hope you find one you think is as good for a better price!
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post #5 of 23
Happy Farms butter from Aldi is perfect for cookies, cakes, pie crust, anything your heart desires. icon_biggrin.gif
There's just two ingredients on it: cream (milk) and natural flavorings.
post #6 of 23
I actually only use the Great Value brand from Walmart. Land O Lakes is only purchased if for some reason I can't get to a Walmart. All the other brands seem to have too much liquid in them and make my BC soupy, GV brand is the best (and best tasting I think) and Land O Lakes is a distant second, but all the others don't even come close IMHO icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 23
I use Challenge butter exclusively, except when I make IMBC, and then I use Central Market's European-style butter, both of which have a higher butterfat content, which makes a better butter.

There hasn't been a store-brand butter I've tried that even remotely came close to Challenge and CM's European-style butter.
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post #8 of 23
Sweetstory, if possible you should try President butter, it's great and it's French.
post #9 of 23
I use Great Value unsalted butter from Wal-Mart for my cakes. I think it is very good and have won 1st place awards using it in my Sour Cream Pound Cake. I have thought about using Aldi brand but have been a little hesitant, I don't want the quality of my cakes to be compromised.

Has anybody used the block of butter from Sam's, with good results? (not sure of the brand)
post #10 of 23
I have used the sam's club brand and it does just fine in my icing and cake recipes. The unsalted butter comes in 1 lb blocks, the salted butter is already divided into quarters.
post #11 of 23
I also use GV brand from Walmart often, but Land O' Lakes can't be beat in taste and performance....IMHO! I've also never had luck with anything from Sam's....it's usually more $ than my local WalMart pound per pound and other items I've used such as powdered sugar and eggs, have really been disastrous! However, others use product exclusively from Sam's and swear by it, so I'm sure it's just a matter of taste and what we're accustomed to!
post #12 of 23
I haven't really detected a difference from store-brand butter versus LOL or --my personal favorite--Plugra, when baked IN the cake, but I always use the Plugra for icing. Like the aforementioned higher-end butters, it has a high butterfat content. At my local Trader Joe's, the store-brand butter is $2.79/lb and Plugra is $3.29/lb. For 50ยข it's worth it. Strangely enough, our restaurant supply store, which has fabulous prices on many cooking tools and foods, sells Plugra for $5.29?! So you can't always find it for such a great price. I think LOL runs about $5 in the supermarket, doesn't it?

If you don't have a TJ's, I agree with PP/try to buy LOL on sale, sometimes you can find it 2-for $5. Just pop it in the freezer.
post #13 of 23
I will attest that the Euro Butters give a Moister cake. It costs more but well worth it.
I use Plugra btw, and Walmart brand when I do kids cakes.

My wife won't let me use anything else now! ;P
post #14 of 23
What are the euro butter brands? Can you get them at Trader Joe's? What other stores might I be able to find them in?

Has anyone ever tried half and half or cream instead of water in their mixes? Does it make a difference in taste and texture?

Thanks!
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post #15 of 23
I use Aldi and love it. I saw a documentary recently that confirmed my suspicions. Aldi manufactures for big name brands... their butter is probably Land O Lakes in an Aldi wrapper. LOL icon_lol.gif

Edited to add: Lynnscakes... I have won for southern-style biscuits and the Hidden Valley Fresh Taste for the Family contests using Aldi brand butter. I'm very impressed with it.
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