Saturday, 21 October 2017

BUTTER.



There is a butter shortage in France. Where once was a butter mountain, there is now a butter black hole.

Not a single pack of butter in the shops yesterday!

So, what has happened? Well it seems as if there are two reasons. Firstly, like most of my farming neighbours, none of them can be bothered to produce milk only to make a loss, and secondly it seems as if China has suddenly found a taste for French butter, and the big dairies are cashing-in.

No butter rich croissants at the bakers, Lady Magnon will no longer make crumbles, and even our Christmas cake had been put on hold.

Obviously I blame young Macron, and if things don't change by Monday I shall take matters into my own hands. 

To the barricades mes amis!




53 comments:

  1. The world has gone mad. I read the other day that bakers here are using French butter. Ours is just so expensive at the moment because of exports.

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    1. So, that's where it's all gone; NZ and China!

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  2. What?!?! That's got to be a national emergency in France!

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  3. Back to post WWII, Aussies sending food parcels to Europe.

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    1. Ony the butter please Andrew.

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    2. We're mostly self-sufficient these days; apart from Oil.

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    3. I seem to remember a hot chilli sauce.

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    4. I had some for breakfast with left-over curry!

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  4. Oh My Goodness, the inhumanity !

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. Cheese shortage next then? I'll have to buy my own cow.

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    1. Logically it should come to that too. Give it a month or so.

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  6. Mon dieu! It really is time for revolting... Croissants made from olive oil?

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  7. I can't imagine a world without real butter, preferably slightly salted. How will you cope?

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    1. We shall simply have to wait until the Chinese begin exporting butter to France.

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  8. Here too there is no local butter, i think i saw french butter in our small shop, i shall see tomorrow.

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  9. Hope the shortage doesn't spread to the UK.:)

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    1. Get a good stock in; just in case.

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    2. You're encouraging panic buying now.

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    3. I would have done the same, had I known. They are saying there will be no butter in the UK by christmas

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  10. When we're out of the EU if you ask nicely we might sell you some. But of course we will be busy trading with the rest of the world so France will have to pay handsomely to get any off us.

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  11. Oh the shame of it! It will be olive oil next, best stock on some good dripping while you have the chance. Somerset full of cows and butter but slightly windy today.

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    1. Duck fat is our equivalent of dripping, and we have lots.

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  12. I thought you were having your readers on, spreading a bit of fake news. But I see it's for real. Not for nothing do I remember some ominous mutterings among the adults in the family, loosely translated as "the yellow danger looming".

    It's no consolation for your plight, Cro, over here the price of butter has shot up noticeably so. There was a time in the motherland when margarine was called "butter" (let's keep up pretenses at all times), and real butter, for special occasions, was called "gute Butter" (good butter). Sweet, don't you think?

    U

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    1. I expect there'll always be some 'gute butter' in the shops, but be prepared to pay twice the price.

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  13. It's infectious. We had the Austrian butter shortage three or four weeks ago. It didn't last very long. The word 'scam' crossed my mind at the time.

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    1. Yes, it does sound like a good scam to put the price up.

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  14. My favourite butter is Brittany butter with sea salt crystals Cro ... do you think it might be off the menu now ? That would probably be a good thing although we don't eat a lot of it.
    Here's hoping your butter situation will be back to normal, tout suite !! XXXX

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    1. We get through quite a lot of butter (usually un-salted), so I shall be looking to stock-up before Christmas. We can't not have Lady M's mince pies.

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  15. Now that is a fight worth having. Lots here in Canada!

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    1. Get into the export business; quick!

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  16. Try making some at home from churning cream, it is satisfying and easier than you might think. You can add salt crystals which will preserve it longer.

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    1. I used to have an attachment for my Kenwood that would make butter. You're right, it was very simple.

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    1. We might need to, if it gets more serious.

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  18. I noticed how the price of butter has shot up over the last month or two. The cheapest around here was at Intermarché up to last week (at €1.49 a pack) but the shelves are now clear!

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    1. I'm hoping the panic will be short-lived, but no doubt as soon as supplies re-appear people will be buying in huge quantities, and there'll be shortages again.

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  19. The only non-Canadian butter I've seen in our shops is a NZ brand and it's $15/pound!!!!

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    1. FIFTEEN DOLLARS????? That is pure theft.

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  21. Right let me try that comment again. We are also heading for a shortage of butter in New Zealand to. Some spokesman from our dairy producers has said that it is because NZ'ers are returning to full cream milk instead of the watered down trim rubbish that they like to promote as exceptionally good for you. Butter costs around $8.00 per 500grms at the moment. We have gazillions of cows in NZ so I this excuse seems like utter rot to me and just an excuse as usual.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  23. Everyone here is talking about how good "Irish Butter " is even though it is about $6 a pound.

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  24. Butter in my part of Canada ranges from $3.99 to 6.99 per 500gram brick.

    I blame the Chines for the soaring price of chocolate!

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