In our kitchen and our recipes, butter is everywhere! Those who follow a gluten-free diet will naturally wonder if butter contains gluten, and if it is safe to eat.
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Is butter gluten free? Does butter have gluten?
Yes, based on cream, butter does not contain gluten.
Any butter is therefore normally good for consumption by people who have the goal or need to follow a gluten-free diet.
However, one must remain attentive and make sure that there are no risks by reading the label because in this kind of product, cross-contamination can exist during the manufacturing process. So be careful, especially if its butter has a flavor.
What types of butter should I use? What's in these butters?
Salted Butter - Churned Butter
Churned butter is a traditional salted butter obtained by churning pasteurized cream. In grocery stores, it is available in salted, and semi-salted versions in blocks or individually wrapped sticks. It is the classic of classics.
Unsalted Butter - Sweet Butter
Sweet? Actually, sweet butter is the famous unsalted butter. It's churned butter, but without any added salt. If you want to reduce your salt intake, sweet butter is your new ally. Using unsalted butter allows you to better control the amount of salt in your recipes.
Light butter, as you might expect, is churned gf butter, but with water and air added so that its fat content is about 25% lower than regular butter. It's the perfect choice if you like to spread your butter on bread or crackers, but not if you love to melt it on hot foods or use it in recipes.
The name says it all; flavoured butter is butter with flavourings like garlic, spices or herbs added to traditional butter. Almost any combination is possible. It's time to get creative!
Whipped butter is butter in which air is whipped to obtain a lighter and softer texture. In fact, it is often the one served with bread when we go to a restaurant.
What are the best gluten-free butter substitutes?
If you want to be 100% sure that you are eating a gluten-free butter that has not been contaminated during the manufacturing process, make it yourself! There are many easy to make recipes. You can even try to make a butter flavored with your favorite herbs if you want.
A little advice for the conservation, be careful when you store your butter in the fridge, it should not be in contact with elements containing gluten that could contaminate it, you must be careful!
Is there a vegan gluten free butter variation?
Made from high quality oils, 100% vegetable butter is much healthier than traditional butter: it is an excellent source of minerals and essential fatty acids, those precious fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own but which it absolutely needs to function well.
Vegetable butters can be used like "classic" butter: to spread on toast, to make any type of cake or pound cake, to accompany vegetables, pasta, rice, potatoes or to make sauces. Moreover, they are used instead of cream in most recipes.