For my mother, who always knew butter was better for you than margarine
Michael Pollan, dedication for Food Rules, An Eater’s Guide
When I was a newlywed, my husband made the request that I switch from margarine to butter. Like many people of my generation I was raised on margarine. We had a large family, my father was a school teacher, and things were tight. Besides being cheaper, margarine was supposed to be better for you.
My mother-in-law never bought into that lie and so my husband was spoiled with the real, delicious, natural thing-BUTTER.
I couldn’t believe the difference.
Butter is not only better for you, but it tastes so much better.
If you make cookies with margarine, I will try to be polite but I will inwardly ask why you even bothered.
Shortening is an abomination.
When I come across a store bought cookie and for some inexplicable reason, actually put it in my mouth-I can taste the shortening and it is not at all pleasant.
My kids will sometimes want to make a recipe that calls for shortening. Good luck finding any Crisco at my house. I haven’t bought the stuff in years. Not even for sugar cookies or biscuits. Use butter. Pie crust?-try lard. Yes, lard. It is so much better for you as long as you get the real deal. Check the ingredients. Not up for lard? Ever heard of using butter or olive oil in your pie crust? It works.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. The makers of margarine and Crisco, whether they knew it or not, did a lot of damage to consumers in this country. It is called heart disease and cancer. Don’t eat it.
Yes, butter is more expensive. But you are making an investment in your health and the health of your loved ones. It is called preventative care and it is better than surgery and chemotherapy (which is also very expensive and not any fun at all).
Be moderate in your use of butter. Buy a freezer and stock up when it is a good price. It freezes well. You will hardly notice a dent in your food budget. But when you are older, you could see a significant difference in your health.
And guess what? Your food will taste a lot better.