What kind of butter do chefs use?
It has a higher butterfat content than American butter—82% vs 80%. The amount of difference sounds small but it is believed to be enough to account for the difference in flavor and texture. More fat, more flavor. That’s why so many chefs rely on European butter to bring out the best in their dishes.
Which butter is best?
Four butters received an overall score of 80% or more, and got top marks in our expert panel blind taste test of 33 butters.
- Lurpak Slightly Salted Butter 87%
- Western Star Original Salted Butter 84%
- Lurpak Unsalted Butter 83%
- Beautifully Butterfully Butter Unsalted (Aldi) 83%
Is it better to use salted or unsalted butter for baking?
Bakers and chefs usually choose unsalted butter in their recipes because it’s easier to manage the salt content in the dish. Most recipes that call for butter—especially baked goods and desserts—are created with unsalted butter. It is the standard in baking and is always implied unless otherwise specified.