Product Type: Tesco Spread
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Lesser or Better Butter?
Tesco Value Butter
Member Name: JJJJ
Tesco Value Butter
Advantages: Cook for baking
Disadvantages: Non-creamy taste
I'm not really a frequent butter user, as I prefer to put 'Lurpak Spreadable' on my sandwiches, crackers, and whatever else needs a bit of moisturisation. That said, I do occasionally perform a bit of baking, and for that purpose will buy a block of cheap butter to use amongst the ingredients.
Costing 75p for the 250g block, Tesco Value Butter is actually one of those cheap lines which isn't massively different in price to the big name brands - 'Country Life' for example will only set you back around 20p more for the same size.
Tesco's value-esque butter comes packaged in the familiar red, white and blue branding, which, on this occasion is in greaseproof paper form rather than the foil wrappings which are seen as standard on the more expensive makes.
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What I like about this particular butter is the fact that it isn't too heavily salted. I have occasionally found that many of the big-name butter brands use too much sodium in their products, making them even more unhealthy. Of course, I could resort to buying the unsalted varieties, but I do like a wee bit of salt to bring out the taste.
What is lacking in this particular butter is a creamyness which is ultimately more prevalent in both Kerrygold and Lurpak - it's not a huge difference, but certainly noticeable. Also, Tesco Value Butter seems to develop an odd musty flavour when left in the fridge for a while, so it would seem that it can go off fairly quickly.
All butter generally has the same consistency, and Tesco Butter is neither easier or more difficult to spread when taken straight from the fridge - so paying less won't result in a restriction of your spreading prowess :)
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For baking, Tesco Value Butter makes for a perfectly suitable ingredient, and will ultimately save some cash if you are regularly in the kitchen with your cook's hat on. However, for general day to day use, due it's restricted flavour, I would always use the Lurpak's and Clover style spreads of this world.
Summary: Value Butter
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