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#116780 - 11/28/03 08:07 PM Butter  
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Everybody knows what butter is. You agitate cream sufficiently and the little globs of fat come out and stick together and then you spead that all over bread or fry in it. That's butter.

I have a jar of what I would call "preserves" which declares itself, on the label, to be "fruit butter." The hell you say!? In what sense can fruit make butter?

If the etymology of the word "butter" is all about cows and cheese (which I think it is), then how does one get from those word origins to a smear of mushed raspberries?




#116781 - 11/28/03 08:12 PM Re: Butter  
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Dear F.S.--think peanut butter! This is one for Helen, I think.


#116782 - 11/28/03 08:27 PM Re: Butter  
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... which is doubtless why other parts of the English-speaking world called whirled peanuts "peanut paste" rather than "peanut butter" -- 'cause it ain't butter, either.





#116783 - 11/28/03 08:55 PM Re: Butter  
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I think folks are just trying to be consistent...





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#116784 - 11/28/03 10:01 PM Re: Butter  
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I've also seen apple butter.


#116785 - 11/28/03 10:05 PM Re: Butter  
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I've also seen apple butter.

... another quality food product brought to you by Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniak.





#116786 - 11/28/03 11:40 PM Re: Butter  
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I was startled to learn (learn? if it's true I learnt, otherwise I merely read) that peanut butter was invented as a subsitute for... can I call it milk butter? As a spread, anyway. Black American biologist... Booker Washington, was it? So butter (of any kind) is long-chain fatty acids with things done to them to make them solidify. Therefore you can do it to peanuts (arachidonic acid)... so just maybe some fruits have fats in them that... oh wait, I've ventured into The Implausible. I don't know.


#116787 - 11/29/03 12:41 AM Re: Butter  
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The Implausible

though we generally venture into The InClauseable around here, we occasionally get to the Implausible, as well. it's a fun place, as I recall...



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#116788 - 11/29/03 03:53 AM Re: Butter  
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... which is doubtless why other parts of the English-speaking world called whirled peanuts "peanut paste" rather than "peanut butter" -



What other parts, pray tell? This little part of the English-speaking world has called it peanut butter for at least the last 33 years (as long as I can remember eating it)


#116789 - 11/29/03 06:33 AM Re: Butter  
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It is those silly Aussies who call it peanut paste.




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