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Old 01-17-2011, 02:13 PM   #11
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I sometimes substitue butter flavor Crisco in cookie recipes.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:49 PM   #12
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For baking we use unsalted butter or lard. Since our breads normally have enough salt in them, we use unsalted butter on them. I think a fresh good sweet butter tastes better (almost like sweet cream) on jam bread than salted butter.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:21 PM   #13
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I keep butter on hand for cooking and "spreadable butter" on hand for bread or toast. I go through a lot of butter.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #14
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Okay, this is going to throw my culinary reputation out the window...as if it isn't already lol...but I swear this works well for me...perfect really. I don't use butter, nor margarine, nor lard for spreading nor for baking. I use Earth Balance in a tub...not the whipped, don't get whipped! It's 79% natural vegetable oils like olive oil and canola. It tastes exactly like real butter and baking results are the same as butter. I don't need these but it's Gluten-free, Lactose free, Vegan, free of Transfats, free of hydrogenated oil, and non-GMO (whatever that is). It's an excellent source of Omega-3.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:30 PM   #15
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Butter!!!

It is so much healthier than processed/manufactured non-food items all over the grocery stores. The more basic the ingredient, the better results and the healthier it is. Butter isn't bad for you unless you eat a whole stick.

I buy unsalted for cooking/baking and have some salted on hand for popcorn (oil popped in coconut oil).
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:34 PM   #16
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I keep salted butter at room-temperature on the counter for spreading, and unsalted butter in the fridge for baking. I'm looking into getting a good quality lard for those times when you don't necessarily want the butter flavor, like for tamales/pies/cooking. So far, this stuff looks good, although it's pricey: Mangalitsa Pig Lard Anyone know of some other online sources?

As for margerine, I haven't used it for years, under the assumption that it's healthier to eat the natural stuff in moderation than to substitute - plus it tastes so much better to me.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #17
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I just ran accross this and thought of this thread:

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. ~Joan Gussow

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Old 01-17-2011, 04:46 PM   #18
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I have not bought margarine in years. If a baking recipe calls for butter I used unsalted butter. If it calls for shortening I use Butter flavor Crisco.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:17 PM   #19
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Since the OP was a nube to cooking I thought I might add: Don't use spreads in baking. They do not act at all like margarine or butter. You have to read the package to determine if they are a spread or a margarine. They all look the same. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:39 PM   #20
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i only buy unsalted butter. it is necessary for me to avoid as much salt as possible. so use for baking and spreading on toast, etc. keep one stick or the new 1/4 stick on counter for this. it may to some have no taste but i think it does and it is certainly better for you. after i use up my current supply of butter flavor crisco, i will not buy more. i don't use it up very quickly and don't think it keeps all that well. not rancid but doesn't smell good to me. in my cooking for 55 years i have never bought lard.
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