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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:29 pm

Time for Friday's stupid thread!

What kind of butter do you use? Salted Butter? Unsalted Butter? Margarine? Spray Butter?

Me honestly grew up on salted butter but the rest of my family uses Margarine or Spray Butter. I honestly cannot and will not use unsalted butter. My butter will always be salted.

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:30 pm

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
What kind of butter do you use? Salted Butter? Unsalted Butter? Margarine? Spray Butter?

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Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:39 pm

Almost never use it. Use olive oil almost exclusively for cooking (vegetable oil for high heat).

Only time I use it is for baking or making a roux, both of which I use unsalted so I can control that myself.

Family uses margarine for toast and such but I rarely eat toast with margarine. I like jam more
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Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:43 pm

I rarely use it. When I do, I have a tub of local unsalted "plain ol' butter" from Shatto Milk Company near Kansas City
 
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Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:54 pm

Chilled unsalted butter for me! I love it on good bread. Or on German brown bread with some jam slivered on top. But I'm not a butter snob, good old Land O' Lakes (a US supermarket brand) works for me.
 
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Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:16 pm

I use pounds of unsalted butter but not to the extreme of Paula Dean! Some of it I use for pastries and baked goods, the rest of it I make clarified butter and use that to bathed my food!   
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Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:28 pm

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:19 pm

Quoting LFutia (Thread starter):
Spray Butter?

What the hell is that? Doesn't sound all that appetizing.

I use unsalted butter only. The salted variety just tastes bad. I can deal with it in most circumstances, but I'll never buy it for my own use.

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:46 pm

Sometimes I use unsalted, cheap butter for cooking peas, carrots, beans, broccoli, cakes and the like.

For meat, I use olive oil. And I never use butter on bread.


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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:37 pm

Is it true that butter in the US is not at all like what we call butter in France ?

I'm half Breton so I like a lot of dishes that contain butter (Kouign-amann is one of my favorite treats, but beware, it will kill you !), however I can live without putting it everywhere like some do (I'm also half Italian so will put olive oil everywhere).

Now I can totally enjoy a good salted or half salted butter on baguette, and even unsalted if there is nothing else, but beware of approaching me or cooking with margarine as I can't stand the taste and odor of that stuff !
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Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:48 pm

http://satwcomic.com/too-little-butter


Even Icelandic butter was sold on ebay for horrendous prices at the end of last year. Some economic backgrounds: http://www.slate.com/articles/busine...ry_valuable_economic_lessons_.html

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:26 pm

I always use regular butter by the brand Bona. I don't particularly like salted butter but I can live with it, provided there isn't any sweet substance on my bread! I do however hate the diet/light butter, it takes away all the flavor and the viscosity isn't right!

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:44 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
Is it true that butter in the US is not at all like what we call butter in France ?

Visiting Europe for the first time last week, I had some butter with my bread in London and in Amsterdam and I definitely believe it is different. The butter was much richer and had a very dense feel to it (as well had good flavor) compared to US butter which is very, well, not dense and really lacks anything distinguishing characteristics.

I'm not sure what brand it was or if I just stumbled across some great butter, but I will be on the hunt for it now in the US instead of ol' store brand butter.
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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:03 pm

I do use butter, but usually in tiny quantities (unless I'm baking). A tiny pat of butter makes sauteed vegetables sweet (and sometimes a bit crispy) without adding significant amounts of fat. The polyunsaturated fatty acids and EFA's are good for you in small quantities (better than the partiarlly hydrogenated trans-fats found in most margarines).

If I'm cooking, I use olive oil (note: do NOT cook with extra-virgin olive oil. It smokes at low temps and the suspended organics in it tend to char and form carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
What the hell is that? Doesn't sound all that appetizing.

Think "PAM" cooking spray with butter flavor.
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Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:52 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
Kouign-amann is one of my favorite treats, but beware, it will kill you !

But what a way to go, though...   

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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:46 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
If I'm cooking, I use olive oil (note: do NOT cook with extra-virgin olive oil. It smokes at low temps and the suspended organics in it tend to char and form carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

  
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
Think "PAM" cooking spray with butter flavor

Is the "artificial butter flavor" in margarine and lecithin(PAM) the same ingredient that is getting such a terrible rap in microwave popcorn?

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Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:10 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):

If I'm cooking, I use olive oil (note: do NOT cook with extra-virgin olive oil. It smokes at low temps and the suspended organics in it tend to char and form carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

I guess you're not a fan of red meat either?

The research on PAHs and HCAs is still a bit dodgy IMO. Until I read something more conclusive, I'll continue to indulge.

On topic, I don't use a lot of butter. I only tend to use it when I'm cooking eggs or baking (which isn't very often).
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Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:31 am

European butter is higher in fat than American butter. We can get European butter at large specialty food stores here. I find it's best used in French cooking. And it has a different taste to it. More acidic, I would say. Some Euro butters are even aged like cheese is.
And serious cooks always use unsalted butter. That way they have better control of the saltiness of the finished product.
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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:51 am

I always use unsalted butter, always buying the highest grade/quality/make available.
Butter can be kept in the freezer to last.
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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:32 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
Is it true that butter in the US is not at all like what we call butter in France ?
Quoting tz757300 (Reply 12):
Visiting Europe for the first time last week, I had some butter with my bread in London and in Amsterdam and I definitely believe it is different

When "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" was launched here years ago my first reaction was "I can't believe people can't believe it's not butter". It tasted nothing like the butter we grew up with. The American ambassador's wife and daughter were on radio last year talking about their life here and said the one thing they bring back to the US with them is Irish butter.

I love butter, but for health reasons I gave up using it when this stuff came on the market. It's the nearest thing to butter that you'll get, IMHO, only much healthier.

 
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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:59 am

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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:50 am

Quoting AKiss20 (Reply 2):
Almost never use it. Use olive oil almost exclusively for cooking (vegetable oil for high heat).

The same for me.


The only exeption:

asparagus with potatoes, boiled ham and melted (unsalted) butter.        &

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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 21):
Almost never use it. Use olive oil almost exclusively for cooking (vegetable oil for high heat).

The same for me.

Same here.
One of those exceptions that prove the rule is the dough for tomorrow's quiche in my fridge: 250 g flour, 1 egg, 180 g (ups!) Bergbauern butter (unsalted of course - I want to control how much salt goes into my food).

Bergbauern translates into mountain ranchers, and it is not just a promotional name, but a protected designation for those who keep their cattle on mountain pastures. It is hard work, and I am glad they stil exist (they wouldn't without EU subventions - just saying).

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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:38 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 18):
Butter can be kept in the freezer to last.

Please don't. Freezing temperatures spoil the quality.
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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:12 am

Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 16):
I guess you're not a fan of red meat either?

Well, I'm a fan, but I probably eat it less than six times per year.

Quoting oldeuropean (Reply 21):
asparagus with potatoes, boiled ham and melted (unsalted) butter.        &

I prefer to grill my asparagus
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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:46 pm

Salted.

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RE: Friday Stupid Thread: Butter Preferences

Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:10 pm

Salted butter, but not much of it. I prefer cheese on my toast. I probably use more butter for sauteing veggies than anything else.

I can't tell any difference in taste between salted and unsalted, anyway. In fact, I can't really tell a difference between butter and margarine; there's a distinct mouthfeel difference, but to me not much of a taste difference.
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