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Butter cubes are pale yellow in colour and have the same texture, taste and flavour as does butter. The only major difference being the quantity and packaging the product. These tiny trays of butter are convenient for packing in lunch boxes, individual servings in restaurants and of course during in-flight dining. Each cube sums up to about 2 tbsp of butter.
Each cube of butter has a minimum fat content of 80%, a maximum of 18% moisture content and non-fat solids at 2%. Many elements affect the taste of butter. The most common ones would be the breed of cow or buffalo and the feed provided to the same, since this affects the quality of milk from which butter is obtained. Other factors include addition of salt and colour, whether the butter was blended or not, the method and efficiency of manufacture, packaging... etc. Needless to say, India's consumption of butter whether in cubed or chiplet form is the highest in the world.
How to select
• One can select from various forms of butter which are fresh, blended, ripened cream butter... etc.
• 10 packaged cubes of butter in are available in a single box.
• It is a convenient way of using butter on the go.
• It is used as a spread on bread, toast, scones etc.
• It is usually placed as an accompaniment on a breakfast table where pre portioned cubes is placed for self service. .
• Cubes or chiplets are manufactured mostly for consumption by the airline industry for on board meals.
• In areas where one knows that an exact measure of butter has to be used each time, butter cubes make way as the best option. Whether for soups, sauces or any other recipe, each time you need 2 tbsp of butter for a recipe, just pop a cube of butter in.
• Its more convenient to give butter cubes in a lunch box for children.
• To help prevent foaming and scum forming on jam and skin forming on sauces, add a cube of butter after cooking.
How to store
• Since butter cubes are a perishable product, they need to be stored under refrigerated conditions.
• Since it has a tendency of absorbing odours easily, it is recommended to be stored well wrapped and away from strong flavoured foods.
• Keep away from sunlight as it tends to go rancid faster.