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Growing up, my mom always used it. I haven't bought margarine in many years. I prefer butter, and I buy organic butter. It is very expensive. I am considering buying margarine again to use in cookies, mac & cheese, etc. We will still use butter for anything where you can taste it, like on pancakes, toast, biscuits, etc. I am trying to cut down our grocery bill which (I think) has gotten out of control.

What do y'all think? Is it so evil? Is there a kind that's better than others?

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We use Earth Balance.

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I hate margarine. My mom always used it growing up, and WAAAAAY before I knew much about it, I was suspicious of that fake butter. Real butter was a luxury item available in our house only during christmas time when mom made homemade candy... I vowed then to always have the luxury of real butter when I had my own household...

I only use real, organic butter. And it's tasty!
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Oh, and if you have a Costco membership, you can get 2 lbs of organic butter for the price you'd get just one in a regular grocery store!
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I don't like the taste of margarine, and I LOVE butter : All my grandmother's recipes call for "oleo" though, it always makes me laugh.

Isn't margarine high in trans fats? I don't know much about it (never had it growing up and don' t buy it now), but it seems to make a liquid vegetable oil stay solid it would have to have some trans fats? I guess then you'd have to pick between conventional butter and all that goes with that, or margarine and trans fats.

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Earth Balance has no trans fats and it actually taste really good. It's also vegan.

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I only use real, organic butter. And it's tasty!
I know. I love the taste. That's why I'm saying we would continue to use it where you can "taste" it, but sub margarine when I make banana bread, or cookies, or whatever.

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Oh, and if you have a Costco membership, you can get 2 lbs of organic butter for the price you'd get just one in a regular grocery store!
Oh how I miss Costco!! We had a membership when we lived in Colorado but there is no Costco anywhere near me now. And I won't shop at Sam's Club.:

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Earth Balance has no trans fats and it actually taste really good. It's also vegan.
How much is it? Where I live, a pound of butter is about $4, organic butter is about $5, a pound of magarine is less than $1 (Imperial brand, I think).

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It's a $1.99 a tub(1lb) where we buy it (they also make sticks though). I wouldn't buy margarine with trans fats though no matter how cheap.

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I've heard that margarine is just a molecule or two away from plastic. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?

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Honestly, I think baked goods taste a zillion times better with butter than margarine. We use Earth Balance as well and its not real expensive.
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We only use organic butter. We did try Earth Balance, are tried REALLY REALLY hard to like it, but it just can't compare to butter. There is no way I'd use margarine - the taste alone is enough to turn me off.
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I've heard that margarine is just a molecule or two away from plastic. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?
Ew.

Sigh. I want it to be OK. I'm trying to trim my budget. You people aren't helping.

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We use Earth Balance, at $2.50 per 16 oz tub or sticks.

I prefer butter, but DS has a milk allergy, so it's the next best option.

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Margarin is SO unhealthy and manipulated.

Try the Earth Balance, but if buttery taste is really important to you, keep in minD THAT YOU REALLY CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE WHEN MARGARINE IS USED IN BAKED GOODS (MOST, ANYWAY- COOKIES DEFINITELY!)

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OK. I'm on my way to the store. I will look for Earth Balance.

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No margarine here. Though often our butter isn't organic

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Never. Never, never, never!

I'm glad healthier-than-margarine products like Earth Balance are out there for folks with dairy allergies.

But aside from that? I don't care how "healthy" any butter substitute might be. It ain't butter.

Is there another area you can trim your budget?
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I only use margarine when I make xmas cookies for the rest of the family and I need 4 lbs of butter/margarine.


btw for mac and cheese, try subbing plain yogurt in place of butter, it's really good
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I never use margarine. I consider it a 'fake food' .

I generally buy organic butter (preferably cultured) but I'd use non organic butter before margarine any day!

Trader Joe's also has decent prices for butter.

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My hubby is the same - his mom always used margarine and he prefers the taste. However, since margarine is probably one of the WORST things you can eat (totally agree that it's about one molecule away from plastic) we use Earth's Best or sometimes Smart Balance (both are vegan and have no trans-fat). To be honest now I even prefer the taste and texture of both of those (although I do still love butter). Both are a fine substitute for butter when cooking or baking!
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Absolutely not.

However, I will point out that if you're having difficulty affording butter, there are other things than just margarine you can substitute for it.

Coconut oil, palm shortening, or lard are the ones that come to mind. For me, the cheapest is lard. I can buy pork back fat or skin for just a couple dollars/pound and render the lard myself. It works well in most cooked applications, whether that's sauteeing broccoli or making pie crust. I put it in canning jars and store it in the pantry, it will keep for months. When I open the jar, it goes into the fridge.

I also have jars of goose fat, duck fat, rendered bacon grease and chicken schmaltz. Since I started storing fat, I've been amazed at how much less butter we go through, since I now only use it where I'll taste it.

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OK. I'm on my way to the store. I will look for Earth Balance.
No Earth Balance at my store. I'm not surprised. But I couldn't do it. I couldn't by the plastic, I mean margarine. Ick. Guess I'll have to find another way to cut cost. I did buy dried beans instead of canned, which I've never done before! I'm learning....

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I've heard that margarine is just a molecule or two away from plastic. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?
Don't take that saying too seriously. After all, water is a single oxygen molecule from being hydrogen peroxide, H2O vs H2O2. Drinking pure hydrogen peroxide would probably kill you very quickly, but that doesn't stop us from drinking water.

That said, I think most margarine is nasty and won't touch the stuff. I've occasionally had Earth Balance, which was not bad, but at my house we prefer butter.
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I agree with the poster who suggested substituting other fats.

use canola or coconut oil in most of my baking and just add a little extra flour or some oatmeal to make the consistency of the batter come out right.
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I've heard that margarine is just a molecule or two away from plastic. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?
Not sure, I'm still reading, but you can check it out here:

http://snopes.com/food/warnings/butter.asp
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I'd rather go without than eat margarine. Blech!!!!
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No I don't. I can't stand it when I go to a restaurant (especially for breakfast!) and they don't have real butter. I did grow up on the stuff though, but back then "they" said margerine was good for you and butter was the debil.
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I've heard that margarine is just a molecule or two away from plastic. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?
Not true
http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/margarine.html

I won't eat anything with trans fats/hydrogenated oils, or feed it to my family.
I use becel, which has no hydrogenated oils. I don't actually like the taste of butter, and I really try hard to avoid dairy for ethical reasons. I'm not particularly swayed by the "natural" argument, seeing as how I occasionally drink soda, and eat perogies (frozen).

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No, never.

I even got the IL's off margarine. If you leave out margarine it won't grow mold, flies will not swarm around it, that ain't natural.

Isn't Earth Balance made from soy? We don't do unfermented soy- avoid it at all costs.

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