I’m a cheese girl, however, I used real butter (along with olive oil) in my cooking prior to going dairy free because it was a natural ingredient. I’ve struggled for years with using margarines due to the controversy over the ingredients. Dairy free caused a conundrum for me. Did I want to substitute? What did I want to try. I have found that I really don’t use a major amount of the “butter” any more, so I’m okay with having small amounts on occasion.
For “Butter” ~ I mainly use Earth Balance, Melt & Coconut Oil
Earth Balance ~
has a “whipped” container that I use as “butter” ~ spread on bread & “baking bars” which are shaped like traditional butter ~ these are much easier for baking. They can also be used as traditional butter. One note on baking with EB ~ I use half EB & half Butter Flavored Crisco. I have noticed that when I use just the EB the baking turns out much harder & a mix the finished product is a softer product. EB has 3 flavors, regular, honey & chocolate. I’ve not tried the chocolate yet, but the honey flavor is amazing on fresh-baked bread! Even my dad, who is very strongly against anything “vegetarian/vegan” liked it. Ease of use: I have to allow it to sit & soften before using. Eating/mouth feel: Buttery flavor, I use this along with butter flavored Crisco in my baking (50/50).
I love this for spreading on bread as my “butter” more than Earth Balance. I also cook/bake with this. This is my main butter. Ease of use: It spreads more easily straight out of the fridge; if it sits too long it will get very soft, almost to a pour-able state. Eating/mouth feel: creamy, buttery, able to spread (mostly) right out of the refrigerator. Honey flavored is just as yummy, lightly sweet. Amazing on homemade bread…
Coconut Oil ~ (No picture) I’ve just started using this, but have had success with it in the baking I have used it in so far.
Better Buttah ~
Ended up with flavored (garlic & chives) – delicious. Found this at my local nutrition store. Ease of use: this liquefies at room temperature. Eating/mouth feel: Light & creamy. (I’ve only used this once so far).
Smart Balance ~
Original: Ease of use: I’ve only used this once; I haven’t been able to form a strong opinion yet. Eating/mouth feel: Creamy, very light flavor. Flax Oil: Ease of use: I’ve only used this once; I haven’t been able to form a strong opinion yet. Eating/mouth feel: Creamy, light flavor
Note on “margarines”: I have found that most other margarines (with the exception of some of the Smart Balance) has some form of dairy (Casein/Caseinate, whey, etc); double-check carefully before purchasing ~ if in doubt, contact the company & ask.
Where I find these (the stores will be different for your area~ feel free to comment where you’re from & where you find your “butter”).
Earth Balance & Melt are found at Safeway’s.
Earth Balance is found at S-Mart, but only the “whipped”, you can also find this at Food-4-Less.
I think you can find both at Raley’s also.
Do you see what I see:
(Creepy finger pointing…)
What is your favorite brand/flavor? Where do you find you “butter”? Comment & let me know.