Did You Know – Butter vs Margarine
When you bake your holiday cookies, do you use butter or margarine? I never use margarine because butter adds so much flavor and gives me better results, in my opinion.
According to Taste of Homes:
Butter will keep in the refrigerator for 1-3 months before the quality goes down.
Margarine will last 3-4 months, unopened, before the quality goes down.
Margarine has more additives than butter and thus lasts longer. However, butter will last 6-9 months when frozen, while margarine will last 6-8 months when frozen.
Butter is a dairy product made from milk or cream.
Margarine is made from oil, water, salt, and a few additional ingredients such as emulsifiers.
It all comes down to the kind of fat involved. As an animal product, butter has high levels of cholesterol and saturated fats that aren’t present in margarine.
Margarine, on the other hand, has more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (the good kinds!) but also often contains trans fats (the very bad kind!).
According to All Recipes, they stated this:
When you’re baking, butter triumphs over margarine every time. For cakes,
cookies, and pastries, butter (unsalted, that is) provides richer flavor. (It begins as
cream, after all, and margarine is made from vegetable oil.) Butter’s high fat content is also what gives baked goods their texture.
You know my choice, what is yours?