I use to take squeeze bottle(not the spray bottle) of "I can't believe its not butter" several years ago on BWCA trips (worked great), but now it is unavailable in the Twin Cities (TC) Area. Called Kowalski's grocery store (local store) manager about it and He said it is not available in the twin cities since they get all their dairy products from "Super Value" and they do not carry it. So called "I can not believe its not butter" company and they checked and also found out it is not available in TC. They also will not send me a bottle.
Tried carrying the regular stuff (not in a squeeze bottle) on last trip in June. After first hot day, it all turned to liquid (good thing I had a cover on it). It was a mess and hard to work with. So that option doesn't work well.
Need butter for pancakes and the squeeze bottle worked great before. So looking for another option now to carry butter, but what ? Is there anyone who has seen it in their local area who would be willing to send a bottle to me. Planning on going to BWCA on July 24 again with son's family.
I have never tried this so I can't make any testimonies.... I still have some in the freezer...hopefully enough for our upcoming trip. will have to look around to see if it is scarce in Green Bay, Last year foil chicken was hard to find...haven't tried looking for that yet either.
Are you opposed to the spray bottle? We brought that in one year when we couldn't find squeeze and the guys found it quite convenient to spray onto pancakes, French toast, etc. An we could still screw off the top to dump into recipes, etc.
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I've been using squeeze Parkay for decades. I keep it refrigerated until we're on the trail, and then simply keep it stored in a zip-lock bag. Works great. No problems with it, even in really hot weather.
I used Squeeze Parkay for years but when the bottle size shrunk from 16 oz to 12 oz., I started supplements with just plain butter. I use butter at home and much prefer it so have migrated to using butter on trips. I calculate very closely how much "butter" is needed so don't like taking lots extra. Can you guess that I carry food packs on the portages? Also don't want leftovers when returning--can't stand wasting stuff. Made ghee several times but for shorter trips (most of mine are 8-10 days so they qualify), I simple put butter in a large opening bottle with tight cover (wrap paper towel around container and keep in tightly closed plastic bag). No problems with spoilage.
Interesting. I prefer butter over margarine but have used the Squeeze Parkay and I can't believe it's not Butter in the past. Also could not find it. This year we tried the tub size of Spreadable butter with olive oil. It worked fine but I admit it was a bit messy. I kept it in a Ziplock bag which worked great - no leaks. I also bring a small bottle of Olive Oil for cooking.
If interested here is a Snopes article about the differences in Butter and Margarine
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quote mirth: "Squeeze Parkay. Found in the refrigerator by the butter but clearly says on the package that refrigeration is recommended, not required. Its a blue bottle w/yellow lid.
My local Jewel sells it, and they're supplied by SuperValu as well." My local stores (chked for it) do not sell "Squeeze Parkay" . I am sure when I talked to dairy manager and asked for something similiar, He would have told me about it, if He carried it. I live in NE suburb of TC. Where is Local Jewel located ?
Jewel is a chain of grocery stores in Iowa, IL, and IN supplied by SuperValu. *My* local Jewel is down the street from me in Grayslake, IL. Other stores supplied by SuperValu are Albertsons, Cub, Shaw's, Shop & Save, and several others.
Thanks for the question and the "clarified butter" link.
I usually take cold or frozen butter in a camping plastic tube (1 stick fits easily in the tube). If it's warm enough (I trip early and late and often have to "warm" the butter in a jacket) you can squeeze it out the bottom very conveniently. Don't trust the tube in the summer, still use it, but keep tube inside zip lock just in case.
I think you could replace the store's squeeze bottle with your own squeeze tube and be fine.
I may try putting clarified butter in a squeeze tube for my next trip.
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I found it at Meijers in Bloomingdale, IL. It's a blue bottle. I was looking for the all too familiar yellow bottle which was also a bit larger. I didn't find it here at Jewell,Dominics or Ultra Food in the Western suuburbs of Chicgo.
Just saw this while taking a break from packing for Q trip next week, and wondered, "Why take butter (or a substitute) anyway?" I will take salt/pepper, a little Parmesan, some onion flakes, and the like, but do not mess with butter, or miss it. --Goose
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