This yellow firm square of "so called" butter sparked me write you. I find butter is just like flour. To most of us, it is a simple staple and you think they're all basically the same -- but truly there are many factors that make it a quality product.
Anyway..here are some butter basics that will improve your biscuits and baking overall.
1. Butter in the United States has less butterfat than French and European butters. USDA requires butter to have 80%butter fat. European butters have 84-86%
2. The fat in butter intensifies and compliments the tastes of your other ingredients in your biscuits, cakes, cookies..or whatever you love to bake. So using a higher fat butter will make your biscuits taste better;not only for its buttery taste..but what it does for the other ingredients in your recipe.
3. Butters in the U.S. are defined by three grades. A, AA, B. "A" the best.. "B" not the best..
( or B for "bargain" and you know what means).
4. It is confusing..but there is "Sweet Cream"butter..which is made from the fresh sweet cream of milk and is most popular in the United States. Then there is "Sweet Butter" which is made from cultured or fermented dairy and has a sharper taste and is preferred in Europe. To make things more confusing..some think "sweet butter" means unsalted -- but that is not the case.
5. Salted and unsalted butters. Salt extends the shelf life of butter and that is why it was introduced many years ago. It comes down to personal choice as the taste. Some bakers prefer unsalted so they can control the amount of salt in the recipe..as each butter manufacturer can add differing amounts of salt to their brand of butter.
6. Grass fed butter Versus Grain Fed butter. This is all the rage..the grass fed butter trend. In short, butter from grass fed cows has higher levels of good fatty acids for health and vitamin K2 … to read more..go here. I do use Kerrygold butter in my biscuits…and I find it tastes better than Sweet Cream Butter. You'll find the best price for that at Walmart of all places. No kidding..and it costs double and even more at other grocery stores and Whole Foods.