Got Butter? The Norwegians don't. Or, at least, they didn't until Belgium, as reported by The Foreigner, agreed to supply import agent SynnÝve Finden, one of Norway's few private dairy companies, with 400 tons of the stuff (at 80 kronor per kilo - roughly $13.00 for two pounds) to the cash-wealthy but butter-poor Norwegians (the Danes and Swedes flatly - and rather gleefully - refused).
It's a rather pricey solution to an easily resolved problem ... basically, if you have cream and a stand mixer (or even a large bowl and a hand mixer), you can make butter in 15 minutes. True, widespread home production of butter would certainly challenge the monopoly of Tine, Norway's one and only dairy wholesaler ... but just how well are Tine's distribution practices working for them?
15-minute Homemade Butter image & copy; 12/18/2011 Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com.
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