Margarine

Margarine

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This is available as polyunsaturated table margarine, table margarine or cooking margarine. It is a smooth-textured product made from vegetable oils only or a combination of both animal fats and vegetable oils. The ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats in table margarine is strictly controlled and the type of margarine must be specified clearly on the label with other components such as milk products, vitamins, flavouring agents, salt and emulsifiers.

Margarine and butter are both fats and each has the same number of kilojoules or calories.The exception is ‘whipped’ margarine, which may contain slightly fewer kilojoules (calories) since the volume is increased by the air incorporated during the whipping process.

Polyunsaturated table margarine: High in polyunsaturated fats in proportion to saturated fats, and made from vegetable oils. It is often recommended for people on low-cholesterol diets because the high level of polyunsaturated fats makes it suitable for people who need to restrict their intake of saturated fats. In this case, the margarine to choose is the one with the highest percentage of polyunsaturated fats.

Table margarine: This has a higher saturated fat content than polyunsaturated table margarine. It is made from vegetable oils and has a smooth easy-spreading consistency, although not quite as soft as polyunsaturated table margarine.

Cooking margarine: Best for cooking only. It contains saturated animal fats and vegetable oils and is usually sold in solid blocks.

To cook with margarine: Margarine can be used instead of butter quite successfully in most baking. When using, substitute the same quantity of margarine for butter as specified in a recipe. It is particularly good for recipes using the quick-mix method (see Cakes) because margarine mixes very easily and quickly with other ingredients. Use also in sauces, steamed puddings, shortcrust pastry (see Pastry) or cake-type desserts. Table margarine is usually quite successful for shallow-frying as well.

Cooked vegetables may be tossed in margarine for flavour. Polyunsaturated table margarine may be used for some cooking – in making sauces or coating foods to be grilled (broiled), for example.

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