Most dishes simply taste better with butter. If you are a cooking aficionado, you probably have your preferred type of butter that is your all-time favorite. But, did you know that there are six types of butter and some are better for baking, some for cooking, and some are just perfect to be smothered on toast? Read on to discover different types of this creamy condiment, its uses, and how to properly store it.
Top 6 Butter Varieties
Here’s all you need to know about the top 6 varieties, how to use different butter types, and what makes them distinct.
1. Regular Unsalted and Salted Butter
Sometimes also labeled sweet cream salted or unsalted butter, this type of butter is made by churning cream. It’s used for the recipes where bakers want to control the amount of salt in a dish.
If you’re adding salted butter to your recipe, be sure to reduce the amount of salt the recipe calls for. A stick of salted butter usually contains about a quarter teaspoon of salt (this amount varies by brand). Salted butter lasts longer than unsalted, so it’s a great option for those who need to stock up on butter. It is great for spreading on pastries, bread, and veggies. Simply load your Butter Twist and spread butter without any mess or hassle!
2. Grass-Fed Butter
This type of butter is also made by churning cream, but with an important difference. The cows that produced the cream were grass-fed, i.e., fed the all-grass, grain-free diet. That is why grass-fed butter has a yellower hue (due to the beta-carotene in the grass) and a more vibrant flavor, best described as grassier.
There are salted and unsalted variants of grass-fed butter as well. Grass-fed butter works very well for roasting, baking, and stovetop cooking.
3. Cultured Butter
Cultured butter is made by adding bacteria to the cream. It has a more tangy, buttery taste, and it can be used in various recipes, just like the regular butter. However, it can add a specific taste to your dish, so you want to be careful with the amount you’re adding to the recipe.
Its specific taste and slight sourness work great with baked goods such as pie crusts and scones, and especially when you want more complexity in a dish.
4. European-Style Butter
This type of butter is made from churning cream longer so that it forms more butterfat (up to 86% vs 80%). European-style butter is easier to use and beloved among busy bakers as it contains less water content. Water activates the gluten in the wheat-based dough, which most bakers want to avoid, and a higher amount of fat helps buffer and prevent the development of gluten.
It has a rich buttery taste and the extra fat makes it great for making cakes more tender and cookies extra crunchy.
5. Ghee—Clarified Butter
Also known as clarified butter, ghee is made from rendering butter. It contains no milk solids or water, and it is completely lactose-free. Because of this, ghee doesn’t burn at high temperatures, making it especially useful for higher-heat applications, like sautéing or frying. It also stays fresh longer than the regular butter, again due to the no milk and no water.
This type of butter is a staple of Indian cuisine and can have a plain, slightly nutty flavor, as well as trendy flavors—think vanilla bean or pink salt flavored butter!
6. Goat’s and Sheep’s Milk Butter
These types are a great substitute for butter, for people with lactose sensitivities. Both have a very specific, distinct taste, and are not recommended for bakings unless the recipe calls for these particular varieties. Goat’s milk butter has a tangy flavor, whereas sheep’s milk butter has a grassy flavor.
How to Store Butter?
The current situation and all the uncertainty around it influenced us all to stock up on groceries. That is why we decided to give you a few pieces of advice on how to store butter.
What makes butter a true staple for every kitchen is that it can be bought in bulk and frozen for later use. When frozen, it retains its texture and flavor for up to a year. It should stay refrigerated, although it is safe and fine to leave it at room temperature for a couple of hours to soften. Longer exposures to room temperature and air will make it go rancid faster.
Now that you have a better understanding of different varieties of butter and what they are good for, grab your preferred type, load your Butter Twist, and start baking!
Butter Twist is a great kitchen helper that ensures that you always measure the accurate amount of butter for your recipes. It’s easy to use, wash, and load, and saves you from the irritating sticky mess that comes with using butter!
Get yours today and get started with all those baking experiments that are in your mind!