What is butter?

  • (noun): An edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. It is generally used as a spread and a condiment, as well as in cooking, such as baking, sauce making, and pan frying. Butter consists of butterfat, milk proteins and water.

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Some articles on butter:

Butter - Nutritional Information
... As butter is essentially just the milk fat, it contains only traces of lactose, so moderate consumption of butter is not a problem for the lactose intolerant ... People with milk allergies may still need to avoid butter, which contains enough of the allergy-causing proteins to cause reactions ... Butter may play a useful role in dieting by providing satiety ...
Clarified Butter
... Clarified butter is milk fat rendered from butter to separate the milk solids and water from the butterfat ... Typically, it is produced by melting butter and allowing the components to separate by density ... of the milk solids sink to the bottom and are left behind when the butter fat (which would then be on top) is poured off ...
Smörgåsbord - Etymology
... Smörgås in turn consists of the words smör (butter, cognate with English smear) and gås (goose) ... but later referred to the small pieces of butter that formed and floated to the surface of cream while it was churned ... The small butter pieces were just the right size to be placed and flattened out on bread, so smörgås came to mean buttered bread ...
Sunflower Butter
... Sunflower butter, also known as sunflower seed butter, is a food paste made from the oil of sunflower seeds ... brands in the United States include SunButter and Trader Joe's sunflower seed butter ...
Squirrel (peanut Butter)
... Squirrel peanut butter was a Canadian brand of peanut butter previously marketed from about 1915 to about 2000 ...

More definitions of "butter":

  • (noun): A fighter who strikes the opponent with his head.
  • (verb): Spread butter on.
    Example: "Butter bread"

Famous quotes containing the word butter:

    Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.
    Hermann Goering (1893–1946)

    Strange goings on! Jones did it slowly, deliberately, in the bathroom, with a knife, at midnight. What he did was butter a piece of toast. We are too familiar with the language of action to notice at first an anomaly: the ‘it’ of ‘Jones did it slowly, deliberately,...’ seems to refer to some entity, presumably an action, that is then characterized in a number of ways.
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917)

    And that is ... how they are. So terribly physically all over one another. They pour themselves one over the other like so much melted butter over parsnips. They catch each other under the chin, with a tender caress of the hand, and they smile with sunny melting tenderness into each other’s face.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)