French people do love their butter because butter makes everything better! You may not know it but the French are the biggest consumers of butter in Europe and in THE WORLD. Nothing wrong with that, right? I have no shame to confess, that we, the French, eat butter with bread (baguette or sourdough), often for breakfast on tartines (toasted bread) with jam. We also add butter to pasta, rice and boiled or baked potatoes. Also, unlike in the south of France where people cook mostly with olive oil (Mediterranean diet), in the northern parts of France, and more precisely in Normandy and Brittany, cooking with butter is the norm. Finally, as you can imagine, butter is also largely used in pastries, and you can trust me on that one, the best French croissants are made with high quality butter.
The down side of butter is that it has a bad reputation – butter comprises of at least 80% milk fat (saturated), and only around 16% water,1.5–2.0% salt and 2% other milk solids. Well, that’s where the seldom used saying ‘everything in moderation’ comes in!
Oh and do you know what gives butter its yellow colour? When cows are mostly pasture fed, like in Australia, the milk is rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) which gives butter a yellow tinge. Salt can also make the butter appear more yellow.
Personally, I do eat butter (the real stuff), a few times a week, whenever there is fresh sourdough bread at home – and yes, I do think butter makes everything better! So enjoy the real stuff.
Do you eat ‘real’ butter? How often?
Photo credits: 1. Mademoiselle Slimalicious, 2. produits-laitiers.com