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Butter or margarine?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 24, 2007

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Photo of Sara Edwards

“In terms of sandwiches and stuff, I would say margarine. But as far as baking goes, it’s butter all the way.”

Photo of Joe Jalinsky

“Butter, absolutely; Land O’Lakes in particular.”

Photo of Julie McCreary

“Margarine, because I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.”

Photo of Kenny Brumley

“Butter, because it’s the real deal.”


Topside 11 years, 3 months ago

What, I love country crack. Esp. the Churn style. Mmmm

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

buttah. hands down.

like BUTTAH!

ooooooooooooooo gootsie, you said butt! ;)

classclown 11 years, 3 months ago


Oh, and while we're at it... Mary Ann.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

ROLLIN' on that one py, that was great! ;)


trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

and just what exactly is that country crock stuff?? ick.

and those ongoing commercials with the "hand" family-aggghhhh!

schula 11 years, 3 months ago

Country crock is the made on Friday butter -- made out of the leftover stuff from the better quality margarine (if there is such a thing). I had a friend that used to work at the plant where they made Country Crock.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

oh no, really schula!!! :p that truly is informative!

and i agree about the "better quality margarine" thing-is that an oxymoron??

i just despise those commercials!! agh! now they have a lil' handybaby to add to those annoying hands!

KSChick1 11 years, 3 months ago

real unsalted butter for cooking

margarine for squishing between my toes

have you ever read what is in that stuff?!? dogs won't eat it and it does not really spoil because of all the plastic in it


Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Butter for everything, toast to toes!

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

RI, I remember the "button" margarine!

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

I will drink my Nutrasweet-infused Coke while buttering -- er, margarining -- my carb-free bread. What else would fit in my incomplete diet?

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

toast to toes, lol! :)

dang i haven't bought margarine for so long...ick the thought churns my tummy! :D

Kat Christian 11 years, 3 months ago

The better the butter The better the batter The batter the butter

ms_canada 11 years, 3 months ago

I have not bought a pound of butter in over 30 years. enough said except I think I owe ceallach an apology for feeding her margerine when she visited me. Sorry, ceallach. Next time you come I will be sure to have buttah for your toast and tootsies.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 3 months ago

I enjoy the chemically created spray version.

staff04 11 years, 3 months ago

After reading RI's comment, I looked up margarine on Wikipedia--it actually has an amusingly interesting history in the United States.

Janet Lowther 11 years, 3 months ago


Margarine is a ghastly parody of butter.

Unsalted for baking, but salted for the table

Margarine is like butter the way an over-the-top drag queen is like a woman.

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

No catfight today! Although you cannot always tell by my posts -- I do know when to keep quiet. ms_canada is a formidable lady -- she serves margarine -- you eat margarine!!

There is a yogurt spead I enjoy when I want something a bit lighter than butter.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

Oleo! I never did like to put chunks of unspreadable fat on my rolls...and, yes, I'm too lazy to take it out of the fridge beforehand so that it can "thaw" to room temp.

We do eat butter on Thanksgiving because my kidies still have to "shake" cream into's a tradition.

For cooking...butter flav. crisco all the way, 'cept in my Aunt Betty's Choc. pound cake and my Aunt Mildred's dinner rolls which get 1/2 oleo (or butter) and 1/2 butter flav crisco. Am I making myself clear? Ah, who cares! I'll eat anything!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

RI, if you had an ounce of creativity, you'd carve your own butter sculptures and leave the stamping for the amateures. :P

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

75X55, that seriously cracked me up! (I think I did that as a child)

ms_canada 11 years, 3 months ago

Hey R_I don't knock butter sculpture. When I was a teen and we lived on a dairy farm, well, one cow, my mom always got me to carve flowers on the butter when we had guests for dinner. It set a festive tone. But it doesn't work the same with spreadable marg, does it.

KSChick1 11 years, 3 months ago

have any of you ever seen those butter bells? you put cool water in the bottom of them, fill the top with real butter, and they can sit on your table unrefrigerated for up to like a month or so I saw one at the hardware store and it was $12! I guess it's worth it though...anything to facilitate my usage of the real stuff and not that plastic crap called margarine

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

"I do have to admit to using a lamb butter mold on easter as a child." -RI

I'll wager you cut the poor little lamb's head off first. Am I right? Poor little butter lamb's head smooshed onto a roll!

Bone777 11 years, 3 months ago

If the flies won't eat it, neither will I.

Butter all the way!

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Looking at Joe Jalinsky, I have to ask: How many pages does it take to make a book? And does that have anything to do with gambling?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

one has to wonder what a man kissing a pig has to do with butter???

sgt, I dunno how many pages it takes to make a book, but I'll bet there is someone out there writing a book on why Senators find them so attractive.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

Joe is kinda cute! If I were a senator...

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

calling kschick calling kschick-i want one what hardware store did you see this nifty gadget???

Becky Finger 11 years, 3 months ago

whatever i can grab first out of the fridge...

betti81 11 years, 3 months ago


i know Joe. if you were a senator, i could hook you up...

Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Yes, sue, you must run. That will make Decision 2008 much easier for me :)

oldfashiongirl 11 years, 3 months ago

I remember in the late 1920's one of my jobs was to churn the clabbered milk to make the butter and the resullting buttermilk. Mama would let me make little designs in the butter and it was so tasty after you added salt to it. For dinner there was a big jug of buttermilk for all of us 10 kids and Mom and Dad to drink with our meal.

We got spoiled with all that country butter and the hot biscuits (72 of them my Mom made) and slathered with her homemade strawberry, blackberry and peach jam.

During the Depression we left the little farm and moved to town and no longer had our cow. I remember coming home from school and "working" the bowl of hard, white margarine that mom had set out to get soft and there was a little plastic color packet that you worked into it to give it the appearance of butter. I believe some time in the early 1940's a law was passed that margarine could be made to look like butter. Now, I use mostly extra virgin olive oil and the real butter for my cornbread cakes and muffins.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

I never inhaled...and that's all that matters!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, My mom is 75 and (don't repeat this) watches South park with her teenage grandsons. Oh! The shame!

oldfashiongirl 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, your math is good as I was 80 back in August and hope to make it to 81 as long as those blood transfusions continue. A few years later in 1935, Mom placed me in an overstuffed chair and I held each twin brother and sister in my arms, all the while forever churning that butter. I had to shout out "the butter is coming" when the little specks of butter floated to the top. I sorta doubt that Paris Hilton would ever do those jobs. You asked just how old fashioned I am, well, my son, aged 50, says I don't sound any older then 30

Thank you BABBOY, I love history and have written a family history or stories we used to tell when we all got together. I am writing some more now about my very early years as a coal miner's daughter from Muhlenburg County, Ky. Loretta Lynn doesn't have a thing on me. I worked until I was 73 managing a construction office. I sure didn't want to stop.

Love all you posters out there!

Tychoman 11 years, 3 months ago

Butter for cooking, sweet margarine for rolls and such. Usually I'm not picky.

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

Once again, could we possibly get a serious artical around here or is this all thats left

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

OH, there are many more than 10 questions I wouldnt ask a woman

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

I have a question, you know when you go to a KU football game at Arrowhead stadium?

Do they use real butter on thier popcorn or is it margarine

gccs14r 11 years, 3 months ago

Not much of a fan of margarine here, but I'll use what's available. If needed, I'll soften a tablespoon of butter over a stove burner to make it easier to spread. If there's enough need, I'll nuke the stick.

Tychoman 11 years, 3 months ago

Reticent Irreverent, I ask women 8 out of those 10 questions just about every day. HAHAHA!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 3 months ago

wow, I see OTS is really hitting the intensely gripping suspense-filled topics.

lard makes the best refried beans. truly. beef lard rocks.

I was glad to see oldfashionedgirl's post and loved her description. thanks and glad you're still out there, soundin' like 30!

use only butter for cooking/baking.

sometimes that margarine is convenient but butter is better for the table.

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