Better Baking With Butter

— Written By Sherrie Peeler and last updated by

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner many of you may be ready to plan your holiday baking. Since butter is one of the main ingredients for baking, knowing the difference between the five types of butter available will result in a more desirable product.

Salted Butter: (Also known as sweet cream butter) has added salt because it allows for a slightly longer shelf life. Some salted butters are made with sea salt, such as fleur de sel. Regardless, salted butters are best for using as a condiment or spread. They are not recommended for baking as added salt can affect the rising action of baked goods in recipes that use yeast.

Unsalted Butter:  This is your best bet for cooking and baking. For many recipes, it is recommended that you bring the butter to room temperature first so that it better incorporates with other ingredients. The exception is pie crust, for which cold butter is a must. If you wish, you can season unsalted butter yourself to meet your personal taste preferences when using it as a topping or spread.

European-Style Butter: This old-fashion variation is made from cream that is churned more slowly and for a longer time. It has a butterfat content of at least 82% which is higher than standard butter. The increased amount of butterfat is beneficial for cooking and baking.

Clarified Butter: When butter is melted and made clear by separating and discarding the milk solids and water, it makes the perfect dipping sauce for shellfish and other seafood. Because it will not burn at high temperatures, it is also a good choice for frying and sautéing.

Spreadable Butter:  A touch of canola oil is what makes this butter easy to spread on baked goods, waffles, and more. It can be used as a condiment directly from the refrigerator with no need for softening. You should avoid using it for baking however, as the canola oil can alter the final result.

There are a lot of choices on the supermarket shelf, but if you take the time to look at the ingredient label, you’ll find that REAL® Butter is made with all-natural ingredients. From the time the milk leaves the farm, there’s nothing added other than maybe a little salt for freshness. It’s a pure, all natural farm to table food that you can feel good about serving your family.

But that’s not the only reason you should use REAL® Butter. Its all-natural ingredient profile makes it the ideal choice for cooking and baking. Not only does it deliver irreplaceable flavor, it’s what makes sauces rich, crusts flaky, cakes moist and cookies crave-able. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right, so never accept less than the best in your recipes.