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Better Believe It’s Butter

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Better Believe It’s Butter

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Food with a Side of Science & History

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Butter is beautiful: solid golden bars add the perfect flakiness to pastry, give cake a delightfully tender springiness, and melt mouth-wateringly onto toast. But unlike its cousin, cheese—another concentrated, solidified form of milk—we don’t tend to think of butter as something that’s available in hundreds of varieties, each with a different flavor, color, and texture. …More → The post Better Believe It’s Butter appeared first on Gastropod.

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