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Anchor butter is now produced in the UK. Another brand bought for its name with no regard to the taste. Born and raised on Anchor and bought for last 30yrs in UK, not only for the taste but to support New Zealand dairy industry as New Zealand government mandates that all dairy products must be free of antibiotics, chemical residues and hormones, plus the cows are grass fed all year round. Butter from grass-fed cows contains the richest source of vitamins and healthy fatty acids (vitamins A, D, E, and K2, as well as conjugated linoleic acid). A real shame production has moved to UK where cows are presumably indoors and fed on silage/other foodstuffs for several months of the year. Anchor butter now tastes horrible! I am very disappointed, I will not be buying it again.
I recently re-discovered real butter after years of convincing myself that margarine and spreads were just as good.
There is just no substitute for real butter on toast and in my opinion, Anchor is one of the best.
It comes in a 250g block, which is about 3.5 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. The block is wrapped in a type of grease-proof foil which is yellow with the Anchor logo.
The back of the pack has the nutritional information, a 10g serving has 73 calories, 0.2g of salt and 8.1g of fat, so this is not a great one to choose if you're watching your figure!
It is suitable for vegetarians.
The packaging is only folded closed, so once you open it it's easy enough to close it back over.
The storage instructions recommend that you keep your butter in the fridge, but I prefer to keep it out in a butter dish, that way it is always soft and ready for spreading.
The butter itself is a soft yellow colour - slightly paler than the colour of the packaging. The taste is creamy and quite salty and just heavenly when spread on toast. I have to admit I don't use it on sandwiches as I don't think my waistline could handle it!
I have however used Anchor in baking and it works a treat - especially in sponges and scones. It's also divine in mashed potato as the buttery flavour comes through far more than when using other spreads or margarines.
It's slightly more expensive than your average margarine at £1.38 for 250g, but it's regularly on offer for £1 a block in Tescos.
I'm a convert now and my toast will forever more be buttered!
I'm not really a fan of butter but my other half is, so I was then converted when I have tried Anchor butter. I though it taste different from other brand I've tried which I found to be greasy and has artificial taste. So from then on, we only have one favourite butter spread that we never run out of in our fridge.
Began in 1886, Anchor has been an iconic New Zealand brand. One of the key brands owned by Fonterra Co-operative Group and a leading dairy brand across the globe. Anchor Butter is well know with their extraordinary quality and one of the best butters on the market today.
Anchor is the original and only free range butter that is made from 100% free range milk collected twice a day and contains absolutely no artificial additives. As they claimed that their cows never eat concentrated feedstock or get confined to sheds instead they roam free and eat fresh green grass all year round. It gives Anchor the rich, creamy taste that nature intended and believe it makes Anchor Britain's best-loved butter.
Anchor butter (250g) for £1.38
Anchor Spreadable (500g) £2.38 but currently on offer for 2 for £3 until 23/2/2010
It is a little more expensive than most products on the market but I do feel it's definitely worth it.
- Anchor Spreadable Butter
-Anchor Unsalted Butter
- Anchor Butter
-Anchor Lighter Spreadable
We have tried the different varieties and the one that we regularly use is the spreadable butter that comes in a tub.
Upon tasting , you will noticed that it's well blended and has fresh smooth creamy taste. It does'nt have artificial taste like other brand,
The texture is very smooth and melts fairly quickly. It has a recognizable taste that only Anchor butter provides.
We love Anchor, very tasty,and creamy. It's fun to have them with any kinds of potatoe, bagel, toast, croissant, rolls or any bread of your choice and spread of anchor butter will make the taste so much better. I usually enjoy a quite warm bread that makes the spread melt really quickly. Remember, you don't need to use a lot of Anchor butter to get a brilliant flavour, and of course it has to be eaten in moderation. It can also be use in cooking and checking their website will give you an idea if you want to give your menu a touch of yummy anchor. Overall, It's definitely a big thumbs up!
For many years I wouldn't go near butter with the thought that it was horrible greasy stuff that would clog up my arteries preferring to use St Ivel Gold or other such like low fat spreads. However this all changed a year or so ago and I have never looked back! I adore butter now, so much so that I have gone and bought myself a wonderful butter dish that sits out on the side meaning my butter is wonderfully soft and spreadable for whenever I need it. As of yet however I have not made my mind up on my favourite butter and am constantly switching between Countrylife and Anchor.
Anchor butter is made in New Zealand whereas Countrylife is a British butter and for me I would have to give a mark in favour of buying the Countrylife. The anchor butter is usually slightly cheaper than Countrylife and at the moment it is £1 for a 250gram block in Lidl and various other places. This to me represents good value for money and thus I have been buying Anchor over any other butter.
Anchor is also doing a promotion where upon you get a code with each item purchased. This code once entered online with give you wither 1, 2 or 3 "cows" to add into your virtual heard. Once you have collected enough cows you can then claim one of various prizes they have to offer. I have managed to collect 10 cows over the past several months and have recently requested that a Fuzzy Felt farmyard be sent. This is yet to arrive.
The anchor butter itself is a good quality which I guess is why it has been a popular British butter for many years. The bright yellow packaging is more or less the same as I always remember it being and it works well with the product. The butter inside the packaging is also a vibrant yellow colour and compared to the milk tones of Countrylife is almost obscene.
There is not much of a smell that comes with the Anchor butter but the taste makes up for this. Anchor has a taste unlike many other butters and this is for the good. The taste is rich and creamy and makes me feel like this is the "real deal". It seems rather like how butter should taste but whether this is purely because Achor has been around for so many years. Compared to the cool and clean taste of Countrylife butter it somewhat gives the impression of a different product all together!
Of course eating a lot of butter is certainly not recommended as it contains such a lot of bad fats. However a little bit of what you fancy does do some good and if eaten in moderation is a delight.
Even now as I write I have not come to a conclusion as to which butter, Anchor or Countrylife. I do think that Anchor has a "proper" butter taste but Countrylife is a butter in a league of its own. I think I will probably continue to buy both and enjoy them each with their different and wonderful flavours.
I think on the whole Anchor butter is a good one. It has a very nice buttery taste and is often at an affordable price. It has more reasons to buy it at the moment with the special offer and the free goodies available. I would only award a good score of 5/5 stars for this Anchor butter and give it a high recommendation as this is surely what it deserves.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I have to admit that I failed to notice that Anchor has a loyalty points things going on where you can collect points for shopping bags, raincoats etc. It was reading another review on Dooyoo that pointed this out to me. I guess I just didn't notice. It certainly won't make me eat any more butter though.
Anyway, back to my occasional craving for Anchor butter. Nothing tastes quite so good on toast, or crumpets, so that what I usually buy it for.
I like the taste of this brand and do prefer salted butter. I have tried some of the cheap blended kinds like Tesco at 85p for 250 grams, or other unfamiliar brand names for a similar price. In fact if you look around you can get butter for less than you pay for decent olive oil spread. At £1 for a 250 gram block Anchor is certainly my first choice if I am in a butter eating mood.
We have all seen the anchor butter adverts on TV and all those 'happy Anchor cows' dancing among the flowers and trees. Unfortunately this is designed to make the whole process of producing milk and butter look environmental friendly and 'very kind to animals'.
Unfortunately the truth of the matter is very different. However, this type of advertising does not influence me negatively or positively to buy Anchor butter.
So, if I buy butter I prefer to buy yellow butter and not that white Danish type. I do find that some white butter tastes kind of cheesy and I prefer the taste of the other type. I like my butter salted and reductions and special offers on butter as part of the supermarket wars will not make me change my brand.
Real butter cup yellow butter is the only one I'll eat.
I do wonder if this is an age thing, you know. I was always given yellow New Zealand butter as a child and I suppose some of those things kind of stick with you.
Anchor New Zealand butter is sold in supermarkets as regular blocks of perfectly acceptable butter, currently costing around the £1 mark for 250g, though there does seem to be something of a butter price-war on in supermarkets at the moment, and a more sensible price (ie. one not influenced by inter-supermarket competition) would be probably about £1.35 per pack. There are several variations of Anchor available - salted, unsalted, spreadable. Personally, I usually buy the salted type. I have to say that to me butter is pretty much butter, and dirt-cheap 'Hollybush' brand 'product of more than one country' blended butter aside, this tastes not much different to any other type of butter I've ever had. It's very good, as butter goes.
The Anchor brand is marketed as 'the Free-range butter company' and their recent TV adverts showed happy doe-eyed brown Jersey cows munching (at a very low stocking-density) happily on bright green pasture outdoors. This is not in any way what modern dairy-farming practice looks like. Dairy farms, particularly those employing a 'wet slurry' system in the milking parlour look like some animal-faeces-flooded version of hell on earth; and having visited New Zealand and seen free-range dairy cows for myself there, I can confirm that they're Holstein-Freisian type black and white cows exactly what we get in this country and that the New Zealand dairy industry - though apparently booming, rather than being in severe decline as it is here in Britain- for all intents and purposes, looks like it uses exactly the same methods as what we've got here.
This is not to knock Anchor Butter specifically, but I do think in the light of New Zealand dairy farms as shown on their TV ads versus reality, and Anchor marketing themselves as producers of a presumably high-animal-welfare standard product, they are being a bit misleading here.
And add to that the food miles....it's kind of incredible to think of a global marketplace where it's economically viable to ship butter in from literally the other side of the globe....but that said I do buy it anyway. One of the reasons for this brand loyalty is that Anchor have an ongoing promotion where you can collect Anchor 'points' and eventually convert these into small 'prizes' via the Anchor website. Each pack of butter has a serial number printed on the inside of the label; you type this into the website and collect cyber-cows, which when you have enough of them can be traded in for free cloth shopping bags (for 5 cows), kids' raincoats (20 cows), etc. Though there's no P&P to pay when you redeem your points, you do need to eat quite a bit of deal of butter to 'win' some of these things - a picnic blanket for example requires 40 points. This is quite a nice idea, but I hope it won't be a flash in the pan, as it's I think now I've got the cloth bag (dead flimsy, but this is all right since that means it doesn't take up much space if you take it to the shops), it's going to take me a long, long time to eat enough butter to save up for anything else 'worthwhile'.