When it comes to food products, higher price does not always mean better quality.
This wisdom proved true as experts ranked ALDI’s butter as one of the country’s tastiest.
Consumer advocacy group Choice Australia has rated the supermarket’s Beautifully Butterfully Butter Unsalted in the top three of all butters, beating out popular brands such as Devondale, Pepe Saya, Coles and Woolworths.
The ALDI butter, which also came first in the unsalted butter category, was praised by the group’s experts as having a “compact, silky texture”, “milky sweet” taste and “a clean finish”.
At $1.12 per 100g – or $2.79 per 250g block – the ALDI butter was also among the most affordable products in the review.
The butter received a blind taste test score of 90 per cent, losing out only to Lurpak Slightly Salted Butter with 95 per cent and Western Star Original Salted Butter with 92 per cent.
An equal third place went to Lurpak Unsalted Butter, which also scored 90 per cent in the taste test.
Pepe Saya was the most expensive brand in the review at $4 per 100g, but its Batch Churned Handcrafted Unsalted Butter only received a 67 per cent score.
The three food experts evaluated 33 supermarket butters based on texture, presentation, flavour and aroma.
The group also advised that making your own butter could be a cheaper option. The recipe involves mixing pure cream, salt and chilled water.
“If you usually buy organic, cultured or other more premium varieties or brands, then you could save money by making your own – assuming you have the time and the necessary kitchen equipment,” it said on the website.
“And if you buy cream when it's on special, your homemade butter may even cost less than supermarket brands.”