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    Theron Guest

    Default Substituting artificial butter for real butter or shortening

    This is an extension of the above question.
    Can you substitute artificial butter for either butter or shortening?
    Can you use artificial butter for sautéing or frying successfully?
    I've never tried doing that. As with butter, I think the artificial butter
    is part water.

    Ed




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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Substituting artificial butter for real butter or shortening

    Theron <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This is an extension of the above question.
    > Can you substitute artificial butter for either butter or shortening?
    > Can you use artificial butter for sautéing or frying successfully?
    > I've never tried doing that. As with butter, I think the artificial butter
    > is part water.


    Generally you can substitute margarine for butter as long as you
    make sure you're using genuine margarine as it is guaranteed to be
    at least 80% fat. Anything not labeled margarine is less thn 80%.
    When substituting for shortening, you may use 15% more to make up
    for the water in the shortening, and try to use slightly less
    moisture elsewhere in the recipe.

    -sw

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    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Substituting artificial butter for real butter or shortening

    "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gsqako$inu$[email protected]..
    > This is an extension of the above question.
    > Can you substitute artificial butter for either butter or shortening?


    NO - check the water content - too high-


    > Can you use artificial butter for sautéing or frying successfully?


    No too much water - Note these are called SPREAD(s)

    > I've never tried doing that.


    As with butter, I think the artificial butter is part water.

    Real American butter is a very small percentage water.

    >
    > Ed


    Made by churning cream until it reaches a semisolid state, butter must by
    U.S. Law be at least 80 percent milk fat. The remaining 20 percent consists
    of water and milk solids. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grades
    butter quality based on flavor, body, texture, color and salt. Butter
    packages bear a shield surrounding the letter grade (and occasionally the
    numerical score equivalent) indicating the quality of the contents. The
    grades, beginning with the finest, are AA (93 score), A (92 score), B (90
    score) and C (89 score). AA and A grades are those most commonly found at
    the retail level. Butter may be artificially colored (with natural annatto);
    it may also be salted or unsalted. Unsalted butter is usually labeled as
    such and contains absolutely no salt. It's sometimes erroneously referred to
    as "sweet" butter-a misnomer because any butter made with sweet instead of
    sour cream is sweet butter. Therefore, expect packages labeled "sweet cream
    butter" to contain salted butter. Unsalted butter is preferred by many for
    everyday eating and baking. Because it contains no salt (which acts as a
    preservative), it is more perishable than salted butter and therefore stored
    in the freezer section of some markets. Whipped butter has had air beaten
    into it, thereby increasing volume and creating a softer, more spreadable
    consistency when cold. It comes in salted and unsalted forms. Light or
    reduced-calorie butter has about half the fat of regular butter, possible
    through the addition of water, skim milk and gelatin. It shouldn't be
    substituted for regular butter or margarine in frying and baking. Storing
    butter: Because butter absorbs flavors like a sponge, it should be wrapped
    airtight for storage. Refrigerate regular butter for up to 1 month, unsalted
    butter for up to 2 weeks. Both can be frozen for up to 6 months. See also
    bercy (butter); beurre blanc; beurre manié; beurre noir; beurre noisette;
    butter substitutes; clarified butter; compound butter; fats and oils; garlic
    butter; ghee.


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Substituting artificial butter for real butter or shortening

    Dimitri <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Theron" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:gsqako$inu$[email protected]..
    >> This is an extension of the above question.
    >> Can you substitute artificial butter for either butter or shortening?

    >
    > NO - check the water content - too high-


    It's not the water content that matters, it's the fat content. True
    margarine, by law, must be 80% fat. Same as butter.

    So yes - they can be substituted just fine. Even Parkay at 70% fat
    last I looked can be used as a substitute for butter. But anything
    less than that, probably not.

    -sw

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