Tuesday, November 28, 2023


What’s used most in your kitchen, butter or margarine?

The debate has been going on for years… butter, or margarine? Which do you use most in your kitchen?

They’re used for many of the same reasons in the kitchen and at the dining room table, but butter and margarine are two very different products. Butter is a dairy product that is made from churning milk or cream. The churning process is what separated the solids, the butterfat, from the liquids, the buttermilk.

Margarine, on the other hand, isn’t a dairy product. Its primary ingredients are vegetable oil, water, salt, emulsifiers, and sometimes milk.

Which do you use most often in your kitchen? Please vote in the poll below and tell us there.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodburyhttps://www.rvtravel.com
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at RVtravel.com. She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for RVtravel.com she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Snayte (@guest_95797)
3 years ago

We have started using avocado mashed and seasoned with a little lime just, jalapeno salt, and cumin as a spread on toast in place of butter. Way more flavor.

Last edited 3 years ago by Snayte
RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

Hi, Snayte. Is “lime just” a combination of lime juice and lime zest? 😉 I’ll edit it if you want me to. (Sounds delicious, whatever it is.) 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Rory R (@guest_95654)
3 years ago

I used unsalted whipped butter to spread and unsalted butter to cook with. By way of explanation, I’m a type II diabetic since 2004, Hypertensive, and in 2006 was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), not to mention my friend Arthur. After all that I should be 18 feet under. But in 2009, I decided that the Dr’s advice about limiting exercise was BS. I started walking, using my Cardio-glide (an old exercise machine), and just doing things that forced me to move. I still limit salt,and sugar intake. The result is my prescription meds have been cut by 70% by the Dr based on test results he got back. I have been PT’ing (7 out of 12 mos) since 2015, and I am 75 and fabulous if I say so myself. The upshot is I listen to the DRs, but I take their recommendation with a grain of salt, *that’s the only salt in my diet LOL). I love butter, Seafood, Beef and Pork, and I eat those items sensibly, along with fruits and vegetables. I have10 more great yrs in me, then after that 10 more good

Wolfe (@guest_95726)
3 years ago
Reply to  Rory R

The secret to healthy eating is to eat PLENTY of eggs and bacon for breakfast, a nice greasy hamburger for lunch, and a fatty beef steak for dinner — but you have to put a lot of salt on all of it… the fat may TRY to clog your arteries, but the salt just keep blowing it through!

That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it! You only live once, so don’t eat like your already dead…

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_95651)
3 years ago

Always butter on my food. Sometimes margarine to cook it with.

laura (@guest_95649)
3 years ago

I have a dairy allergy so I use an oil based spread.

Dalmom (@guest_95648)
3 years ago

It’s both disgusting!
My doctor said if your “ ticker “ stops working, your dead.
Clogged arteries and heart disease will kill you before you even think about the other stuff that might kill you as you grow older. My dad had quad bypass and it was not pretty. I grew up in an air force family and we ate what my mom put on the table. I became a vegetarian over 30 years ago, because of frozen TV dinners, frozen veggies.

Bill (@guest_95646)
3 years ago

Calorie free substitute

Tom (@guest_95633)
3 years ago

As a kid in 50s & 60s it was margarine, since that I went to butter and never looked back. When going back to visit family they still have margarine one of my first stops is go get some butter if we don’t have it in RV.

Mary (@guest_97961)
3 years ago
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Kathy S (@guest_95629)
3 years ago

For me, most food exists to be a butter-carrier. Wonder how my arteries are looking?!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_95678)
3 years ago
Reply to  Kathy S

Food is just a vessel for getting yummy butter into your mouth . . .

Tina McK (@guest_95620)
3 years ago

Now that the 7 kids are grown and on their own we can afford the butter!

Pat G (@guest_95619)
3 years ago

Butter…because I am worth it and deserve it..

Connie VH (@guest_95614)
3 years ago

Real butter, #1. But close 2nd: Olive oil and avocado oil. Try them on your toast!

Rich (@guest_95608)
3 years ago

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. we’ve been using margarine for 50-years now? first because we couldn’t afford butter. now, after 50-years we’ve become so accustomed to the taste of margarine that real butter tastes weird.

Kaeleen Buckingham (@guest_95603)
3 years ago

Only a couple of specific margarines, though. I have a dairy allergy – no butter and a soy allergy that limits the margarines – fortunately it is the healthier ones.

Norm W (@guest_95601)
3 years ago

Because butter has NEVER claimed to be as good as margarine! I want the real stuff!

Jeb (@guest_95600)
3 years ago

Great believers in Julia Childs. No margarine here.

Abe Loughin (@guest_95597)
3 years ago

I’m with Dave. Margarine is an evil product, butter for me or nothing.

dave (@guest_95595)
3 years ago

While in Quartzite one year, we had a leftover stick of margarine( from a cookie project) in the frig. I decided to donate it to the critters in the Desert and put the whole stick in a bush.
After 4 days, in 90 degree weather, not only did it not melt, but nothing tried to eat it either. I decided that day that if I couldn’t feed something to starving animals, maybe I shouldn’t be eating it either. Butter only for me please.

Connie VH (@guest_95617)
3 years ago
Reply to  dave

Now THAT’s convincing!

Goldie (@guest_95594)
3 years ago

No margarine at our house. We will use a butter/olive oil spread for those times we need spreadable cold butter but that’s as far as we stray.

Connie VH (@guest_95616)
3 years ago
Reply to  Goldie

Olive oil….. 👍
Also avocado oil.

(You’ll get used to it!)

Thomas (@guest_95593)
3 years ago

I use a blended product with margarine and butter called Move over butter. It’s spreadable so no very soft spread,unless you want it be.

Renee (@guest_95592)
3 years ago

Margarine wouldn’t even make it in my cart, never mind my kitchen. It is plastic, ya’ know?

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