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Is there a major difference using Value butter for general cooking and baking?

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Leedsavril Mon 20-Jan-14 09:18:01

I am a Lurpak buyer but I wondered if anyone has found any difference using unsalted value butter for general cooking like frying etc.
It can be half the price and I wondered if there was any reason not to use it?

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 20-Jan-14 12:30:30

Butter is quality graded according to flavour and texture. Cheap butter tends to be more grainy, less creamy and less sweet-tasting (more acidic possibly) than the premium stuff. If it's being eaten straight or relatively large amounts going into a cake where texture and flavour are noticeable you'd go with better quality. If it's a small amount that's going to disappear into a savoury dish I don't think you'd notice the difference in flavour. I'd compare it to EVOO vs a cheaper, blended oil.

BooBudolphMeowson Tue 21-Jan-14 10:57:37

Never noticed the difference myself. Used real butter for years, it is so expensive I tried Stork, really impressed at it in a cake, wouldnt use it for icing or pastry etc though

ProfYaffle Tue 21-Jan-14 10:59:39

I always use value butter, never had any problems, tastes fine to me.

RoganJosh Tue 21-Jan-14 11:00:12

We buy it most of the time and I don't notice any difference on toast and in sandwiches. It's not Lurpack style though, more like Anchor etc.

UriGeller Tue 21-Jan-14 11:00:32

Only ever use butter. Cheapest will do. Its got the fewest ingredients of all spreads so is the least processed. Have you seen the list of chemicals on a pack of margarine?

WilsonFrickett Tue 21-Jan-14 11:52:08

Interesting thought - I was brought up on Stork in cakes etc. I do use lurpak spreadable for toast, etc and buy a cheaper butter for cooking, but all my dairy is organic so it's not that much cheaper.

Snowdown Tue 21-Jan-14 13:48:33

Cheapest unsalted is fine - they tend to add masses of salt to cheap salted butter to preserve it longer and add taste, so you would need to modify your recipes accordingly.

dreamingofsun Tue 21-Jan-14 14:16:48

i only ever use margarine. the kids seem to eat it quick enough. thats for cakes, pastry....well anything really. husband occassionally buys butter as a treat for his toast. i don't think we would notice the least our cakes seem as good as anyoone else's....especially my son's choc cake.

NigellasDealer Tue 21-Jan-14 14:18:17

LIDL's own brand unsalted butter is just fine OP and about half the price of lurpak

RoganJosh Tue 21-Jan-14 18:20:39

That's not true of tesco value butter, snowdown. It has the same amount of salt as Anchor and slightly less than Country life.

Snowdown Tue 21-Jan-14 18:25:29

That's good rogan it's just something you need to look out for.

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