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Reducing our Footprint

Better Butter vs. Margarine

I first realized we could create our own spreadable butter while watching Eat Shrink and Be Merry. I was getting nowhere quick with store-bought spreadable butters. One brand kinda spread but the container was so small we went through it too quickly. We tried whipped butter but it’s hard as a rock too until you leave it out for a while. Some people have suggested just leaving butter out all day but I’d worry it wouldn’t make it back in the fridge. So one day I tried making my own spreadable butter by mixing butter with canola oil. http://www.eatshrinkandbemerry.com/blog/archives/26/make-a-better-butter/ It was a miracle! I used it in any recipe that called for margarine or butter and found no difference in taste. My husband did notice the difference when I put it on his sandwich bread. It was still a little lumpy so when he saw it he realized I was “messing” with his food. The solution is blending the oil and butter with a hand mixer to fully blend. Finally a possible replacement for margarine. Since then I have found more recipes for better butter.  I like the idea of olive oil or safflower oil better than canola because of GMO’s and this link has some recipe’s with those oils http://realfoodliving.com/faqs/butterfaqs.

The Wikipedia page on margarine explains about how margarine is actually white or off-white and that for many years laws were in place to prevent companies from adding a yellow hue. They make it yellow to remind us of butter. It also names the three types of margarine one of which is shortening.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarine Yuck!

I know that probably we will always have a tub of margarine in our fridge. Hopefully with the addition of better butter we will only have to use margarine minimally.

Have a great day,

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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