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Monday, February 21, 2011
Plugra Butter at K-Mart? Yes, Indeed.
It used to be that I had to search far and wide for Plugra, the European-style high-fat butter I favor in my baked goods. So imagine my surprise on Saturday when DH, in New Jersey to visit his mother, discovered my favorite butter in a suburban K-Mart!
Unfortunately, he bought salted butter -- lovely on bread or melted in a sauce -- but not ideal for baking. That's because most baked good recipes contain salt as an ingredient (usually a teaspoon or so) and if one uses salted butter, it ups the final salt amount in the finished product. (If you Google this, you can figure out ways to compensate for salted butter, but why add an extra step?)
So remember (DH, are you listening?) always buy SWEET, unsalted butter for your baking needs. It's just one more way to guarantee delicious success.
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I share your amazement about this! I was shopping in a Meijer grocery store (a huge Michigan based market that's anything but high-end), and was pretty shocked to see Plugra sitting there in the dairy case, snuggled right next to the generic butter brand. I looked around me, as if to confirm I was really in the store I thought I was in! (Your blog has a very interesting focus, I must say. I look forward to reading more!)ReplyDelete
Thanks,Jane! I love that so many really good ingredients are so readily available everywhere.ReplyDelete
i live in Michigan, Detroit, where can i fing the Plurga Butter? thanks LizReplyDelete
Though it is available in that New Jersey K-Mart, it's most commonly seen in high end grocery stores and markets like Zingerman's. Though I must confess that I bought four pounds of Costco brand butter on Sunday!Delete
I found it at Mejiers just this past Saturday.Delete
Mejiers in the Detroit areaDelete