When I was a child, my household only purchased and used different varieties of margarine. Usually Country Crock. When I got married and started doing my own cooking, I bought and used real butter (usually the salted kind). Got used to that for many years. Then last week my wife buys a big tub of margarine. She says it was cheaper than butter. But it really made our food taste terrible. Still edible I suppose, but it had a bad aftertaste and just didn’t sit well with my sophisicated palate.
Does anyone else have this problem? She thinks they are interchangeable, but I just can’t do margarine any more. To me, I might as well just pour vegetable oil on my rolls.
I was raised in a margarine family. “Imperial”, I think, was what we used.
I went on to real butter after I moved out. And it was unsalted, too, so that I could control the salt content of recipes better. I got used to using unsalted on bread and toast, and now I dislike the salted kind.
With the discovery that Costco carries Kerrygold Irish butter at a reasonable price, we have left store-brand butters behind us. Yes, we are now butter snobs. I use lesser butters for some things, particularly when a recipe calls for unsalted.
When I was growing up (50’s and early 60’s) our table had two kinds of spread. My parents used butter. Us two children were obliged to use margarine, mostly on our toast or dinner rolls, occasionally on corn on the cob or other special occasion food. We all ate the same homemade popcorn and I don’t remember which was used on that.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, but looking back it rankles a bit. I’m sure it came from my mother’s ineluctable need to run a frugal household, but really, the difference between the cost of margarine vs. butter for two children must have been minimal. Since the adults insisted on the real thing, they must have been aware of the taste difference, and so I conclude that they thought that we weren’t worth the better product. They’re both dead now, so this is no longer on their consciences.
Since being an adult and on my own, margarine has not crossed my threshold.
As a child I didn’t known the difference, in my later teen years I recall my dad saying that margarin does not taste good and used as a cheaper alternative to butter and it is very noticeable. As a later teen I did not accept what he said but accept that we bought butter as a way of compromising. The habit stuck, and it was many year till I had the occasion to try margarin and it was horrible. I instantly recognized the taste and all the times I have been served this, just thinking that the chef was in the wrong profession and should be wrong for the sewer department. Margarin is really if I can compare it, to rancid butter, which real butter never gets to, but if it did it would taste like margarin. Now when I say rancid I don’t mean ineatable, as I have eaten rancid meat on more then one occasion, but the off taste is something like eating rotten meat. It does have the texture, and some of the flavor, yet lots of yuck.
I grew up on margarine, but always use butter now. I buy unsalted because if most recipes specify, I find it usually calls for unsalted. My MIL was here for dinner one night and realized right away it was unsalted (she uses salted.) My daughter and I were floored we don’t think we’d know the difference unless we were doing a side by side taste test.