Butter has been used for centuries to supplement all kinds of food and recipes. It is a food that you can find in almost every household. Whether you use this common dairy product as a spread on your toast or as a condiment for cooking, everyone has needed butter at some point in their life. For something so common you would think that we would know more about it! So here are some Fun Facts that you probably didn't know about Butter. Enjoy!
Butter has been around for centuries whereas alternatives like margarine have only been around for under 100 years. The origin of the word butter is contested, some believe it is from bou-tyron, which seems to mean "cow cheese" in Greek, but there are other theories as well. Butter was originally a food that was consumed by peasants. In the early 16th century butter became more socially acceptable for upper class and middle class to eat. At one time butter was used as fuel for lanterns as opposed to oil, as it was butter was more abundant and easier to acquire, so butter has never been just a one trick pony!
Butter always looks about the same color, right? Well it turns out that the color of your butter actually depends on the diet of the cow the milk came from. The more Carotene a cow gets from eating hay the more yellow you will see in your butter. Sometimes it is hard to tell nowadays because some manufactures will add color to make the butter more visually appealing.
If you have butter in your household it is typically stored in the refrigerator. The only issue is that it can take about three or four hours to thaw the butter at room temperature so that it is spreadable and smooth. Usually butter will soften to become spreadable at around 60 °F. You can store butter in the refrigerator for months without it becoming rancid. If you prefer to keep your butter is kept out on the table, the Butter Bay will keep your butter at a soft and spreadable temperature for up to 3 weeks before it spoils.
HOW TO MAKE BUTTER
Butter is created by churning cream until the fats separate into butter. There is some buttermilk that is artificially thickened, so if you want to avoid that you can make your own butter at home. Butter can be made from the milk of many animals including cows, goats, horses, sheep, and even camel’s. Camel’s milk is the most difficult to make into butter because of the difference in fatty acid composition in comparison to other butter types, but never the less, it can be done!
MEASUREMENTS AND NUTRITION
It takes about 21 pounds of whole milk to make 1 pound of butter, and has traditionally been made into small blocks because of the wooden paddles that were used to churn it.
Butter is not known for being the most healthy food supplement. However; that does not mean that it doesn't have some healthy components. It contains vitamins A, E, and D which are beneficial. Butter also contains some potassium and calcium. So although butter may not have the healthiest fat content, it can give you some of your necessary daily vitamins.
Butter is one of the most versatile and common household items a person can have. It has been around for centuries and has many different uses. Hopefully these fun facts will give you an idea of just how interesting that seemingly simple food really is! What other fun facts about butter do you know? We would love to hear, let us know if the comments!