Butter is a natural dairy product made exclusively from milk, cream or both​. It contains at least 80% milkfat by weight​. The two main types of butter in the U.S. are ​sweet cream butter​ (available lightly salted, unsalted and whipped​) and cultured cream butter​. A third type of butter, European-style, contains a higherbutterfat content of 83-86%​ and is well suited for baking​. Butter is made by churning or shaking cream until it reaches a semi-solid state.

Recommended Applications

  • Whip together compound butter by combining unsalted butter with herbs, spices, honey or citrus juice.
  • Make beurre blanc, a butter sauce that serves as a delicious addition to seafood.
  • Top a cake with a rich and smooth buttercream frosting.
  • Utilize butter in baking cake, pastries or shortbread cookies – the fat gives the food a sturdier texture than margarine would.
  • Sautee vegetables, such as green beans, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, zucchini and squash, with garlic and herbs.
  • Spread on muffins, rolls or bread.