We take real NZ butter and smoke it with mesquite. This gives each block a true smoky flavour with a lovely sweet finish. It's scrumptious on steak, crackers, corn on the cob, bread and works well as an ingredient in cooking. This butter is bona fide brilliant. Settle for nothing else!
Cream, Salt, Water. Contains Milk.
• Keep refrigerated at or below 4°C.
This butter is so full of flavour you can eat it on its own - not that I would recommend that, but the family and I all tried a tiny piece before using it. My daughter had made some home-made flat bread which we ate while it was still slightly warm from the oven. This really brought out the smoky taste of the butter; no other spread was needed as it was perfect just on its own. All five of us took a piece of the bread and a lump of butter and proceeded to enjoy it as an entree to our meal.
We had taken it out of the fridge an hour before serving, and were impressed that it still maintained its firm texture. Some butters will go soft and lose shape when they are left at room temperature. This butter was holding its shape but still had the creaminess of conventional butter so was easy to spread. Everyone liked it so much that my daughter said we might need to ration it next time - they were spreading far too much on their bread!
Mr Nine found it a little bit strong but we noticed that he still continued eating and appeared to be enjoying it. The three adults and Miss Seven all loved it and came back for more. We all thought it would be best with plain foods so that the delicate smoky flavour was not lost. Plain bread was good, but I had some other ideas that I wanted to try at home provided there was some spare to take back with me!
In the end, there was a small slice left so I retrieved it and put it in the chilly bin before Miss Seven could claim it! This meant I could try it out on something different next day. My idea was to see how it would go on boiled vegetables. I have potatoes growing so I dug up a root and cooked a couple of them. There was not enough butter left for more than two potatoes, but that would give me an idea of whether the combination would work. Usually I put butter with mint on new potatoes, so this was a completely new idea for me. And it worked - they were melt-in-your-mouth beautiful with a wonderful aftertaste of earth and woodsmoke. Magic!
Our one reservation with this product was the price. When you have several people sharing, a 95g packet does not go far. However, for a special occasion, it would be worth it to splash out on a pack - especially for having with an artisan bread or new potatoes. People spend that kind of money on a gourmet cheese, after all, so why not a fancy butter?
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