Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. It is generally used as a spread and a condiment, as well as in cooking applications such as baking, sauce making, and frying.
Butter consists of butterfat, water and milk proteins. It's most frequently made from cows' milk, but can also be manufactured from the milk of other mammals, such as sheep, goats, buffalo, and yaks. Salt, flavorings and preservatives are sometimes added to butter.
- Butter colour often depends on the animal's feed.
- You can make a tasty butter at home in just 10 minutes. (See links for more info).
- In the US, butter contains a minimum of 80% butterfat, while European butters have a higher ratio, around 85%.
- Vitamin A found in butter is essential to a healthy immune system.
- The earliest butter was probbably made of sheep or goat's milk, about 10 000 years ago.
Links to pages containing info on butter, myths, health & nutrition and recipes.