Organic butter is much closer to a whole food than processed margarine & whilst we do not want to get too much into the butter vs margarine debate, we believe butter is better. Butter does contain a high percentage of saturated fat but bear in mind the valuable role that saturated fats play in our good health, particularly short chain and medium chain saturated fats of which butter has both. As an animal fat, butter has cholesterol but most active people can easily incorporate butter into their daily food consumption to benefit their health. Plus butter provides vitamin A & vitamin E along with its short chain fatty acids.
Possibly what is most important to consider is the source from where your butter came – being the cow’s environment & diet. Toxins in the cow’s food supply and/or poor lifestyle & health problems for the cow mean contaminated milk & therefore contaminated butter. Hence why we believe organic butter to be the best choice.
Tips for storing butter & making your own ‘margarine’:
Salted butter has a much longer shelf life than unsalted butter with the salt acting as a preservative. If you only use a small amount of butter & choose unsalted butter then consider chopping your butter into portions & freezing the portions.
Does your family slather on the butter or do you get frustrated trying to spread cold butter? Then consider making your own ‘margarine’. This is easily done with a blender/food processor by mixing organic butter with an organic oil to suit your taste. You could try safflower oil (less taste) or olive oil or a combo of both. Start with a ratio of ¼ oil to ¾ butter & adjust to your preference. Whipping the butter first in the blender/food processor will add volume & your butter will go further then slowly add the oil while beating. Pour into containers and refrigerate. NOTE: do not use your margarine for cooking if you used safflower oil or an unstable oil to make your margarine.
Butter may not be your thing, particularly for vegans, but there are lots of alternatives to butter … try organic avocado, hummus (or both together are particularly delicious & nutritious), organic nut & seed butters & spreads or simply a splash of organic extra virgin olive oil as we do at the Bean!
Watch out for our fats and oils future Health & Wellness session for more information.