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The public have spoken!

Up there in harrowing combative conversations with the Barry's vs Lyon's debate is the eternal "where does the butter go?" controversy.

The debate has been raging over on Twitter, with the fridge coming out tops as the appropriate place for the malleable dairy product to reside.

However, not everyone agrees with this answer, and have taken to the social media site to air their grievances. 

Some are outraged that people would go through the trial and tribulation of trying to butter a bit of bread with cold, unyielding spread, and claim the counter or the cupboard is the place to be, in butter terms. 

And it seems that the experts are on their sides when it comes to this.

According to food safety expert Carol Schlitt, it is perfectly fine to keep butter out of the fridge, but on one condition.

The butter must be kept in an air tight container, and no matter what, it will spoil more quickly than in the fridge.

The best solution?

Carve off the amount of butter you'll need for a few days and keep that on the counter in an sealed container.

The rest of it can chill (literally) in the fridge until its time comes to adorn a delightful slice of toast or add a little something extra to a plate of mashed potato.

Where do you think butter should go? 

 

 

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Shop keepers in the US state of Wisconsin are facing possible jail time for selling Kerrygold Butter.

The law, that is 40 years old, means that all butter used for commercial purposes needs to be put before a panel of experts to grade it.

But, because Kerrygold is made in Ireland, it does not go through the same regulatory controls as many products made in the US.

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However, according to local news outlet TMJ4, having a high-fat diet (Paleo/Caveman) is popular around that state, and many residents aren't happy about the outdated law.

Jean Smith, who lives in Wisconsin, told reporters that she has to smuggle Kerrygold to her home via cooler bags.

“I feel suspicious. Who are you trying to protect here? Are you protecting the consumers, are you protecting Wisconsin dairies?”

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She added: “I want to please ask whoever it is that’s preventing me from getting butter in our stores here to stop it, to stop it.

Anyone who is caught with the glorious butter could face a $500 fine or a jail time of three months. Ouch.

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‘Round SHEmazing! Towers we’re fond of the odd little indulgence.

Simple things like shameless lie-ins, cheeky afternoon pints, pay-day splurges and epic Netflix binges.

But what trumps them all? Why that would be the humble food-group known affectionately as ‘all the carbs, please’.

Because while some folk love chocolate, and others lust after a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, we’re in a fully-committed, long-term relationship with bread, pasta, potatoes, and crackers and cheese.

You too? Here are the six signs to look out for:

 

You’re a bonafide breadophile:

It’s not simply a case of ‘brown or white’ – no siree. That’s because you know your wholemeal stoneground soda from your brown round soda. Chia-seed cob? Yes please. Rye sourdough with sunflower seeds? Why not.

FYI, Supervalu has launched a new range of bread and cakes and suffice to say just looking at the range sent us to our happy place.

 

A fry is the breakfast of kings:

Beans, a treble round of white sliced pan with butter, and salty hash browns piled high. You’re happy to throw in a couple of fried eggs to make it ‘healthy,’ but there’s no denying that the ultimate breakfast fry has its very foundations in pure stodge.

 

Chicken fillet roll with mayo:

Hit your local deli counter; ask them to take their freshest, warmest baquette. See it filled with spicy breaded chicken, lashings of mayo, and possibly a hint of ‘special sauce’. The result? A small sample of delicious carb heaven. Acceptable – nay, celebrated – at any time of the day.  Those with notions might even be tempted to through in a bit of iceberg lettuce.

Cereal makes for a delightful dinner:

You laugh in the face of the recommended 30g serving. Instead, a pasta bowl is your vessel; a family-sized box of Alpen your cargo as you navigate through an late-evening carb-binge. The perfection solution for when you’re too lazy to make dinner, and too poor to order it.

 

The perfect marriage: crisps and bread:

 

Chip… just chips:

You look your server straight in the eye as you tell them that you will be requiring 'LOADS of salt and vinegar'. Afterwards, you eat them on the hoof, delightfully scorching your mouth on the first few burning-hot specimens. A dud bag is tragic – but a heralded perfect concoction is one of life's great pleasures. 

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She’s joked about weight loss, gotten real with her stretch marks and has even blocked Piers Morgan on Twitter – yes, it’s safe to say there are many reasons Chrissy Teigen is already our ultimate girl crush.

But now the 30-year-old model has gone and given us Irish one HUGE reason to love her forever more as she has publicly declared that our butter is “awesome”.

Amid script reading and cookery books, the mother of one’s latest Snapchat story had us rushing for the replay button as we noticed one very familiar product pop onto screens.

That’s right ladies, in a snap captioned “not an ad just really awesome” Chrissy Teigen herself photographed a big ole tub of Kerrygold butter.

Naturally the star’s snap has sent her Irish fans into a tizzy, with one Twitter user summing us all up by writing “CHRISSY TEIGEN USES KERRYGOLD BUTTER UGH QUEEN” in celebration.

 

 

So next time you’re layering that golden goodness onto your toast, be sure to remember that that butter has been Chrissy approved.

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A huge lump of butter has just been found in Ireland – and it dates back nearly 2000 years.

The prehistoric 10kg 'bog butter' was found by turf-cutter Jack Conway, while working on Emlagh bog in Co Meath last week.

The 'bog butter' has now been given to the National Museum, where the Irish Antiques Division said it was a significant discovery as it was found in the ancient Drakerath area.

The Drakerath area was where 11 townlands and three boundaries of ancient baronies met.

“These bogs in those times were inaccessible, mysterious places,” he said.

“It is at the juncture of three separate kingdoms, and politically it was like a no-man’s-land – that is where it all hangs together," said Andy Halpin of the National Museum.

But most surprising, is the fact that the butter is STILL edible. Top chef, Kevin Thorton has admitted that he tasted the butter already, because bogs used to be the place that farmers would store there food to preserve it.

“Theoretically the stuff is still edible – but we wouldn’t say it’s advisable."

Yep, we think we'll pass on eating it.

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Here in Ireland we know our food is second to none, but over in the US, we're mainly known for Guinness and stew.

So we were pleasantly surprised to see an Irish kitchen favourite getting a shout-out from none other than Kourtney Kardashian.

The mum-of-three finally launched her official website and app this week – a full three months after her sisters did the same – and one of the recipes contains a very familiar brand name.

If you plan on making Kourt's Krispies (basically glorified Rice Krispie shapes), you better have some Irish butter to hand, because the reality star specifically stipulates the use of Kerrygold butter in her ingredients list.

Amazing!

Of course, Kerrygold isn't just an Irish staple – it's also available across Europe and the US.

A spokesperson for the butter's manufacturer, Ornua, said the company was "delighted" to see Kerrygold "making its way into Kourtney Kardashian’s kitchen."

As well as recipes, Kourtney promises fans will receive a glimpse into her life via her new app, with personal journal entries, decorating tips and more all available to those who sign up.

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If you've been using a toaster every morning, we have news for you: you're making toast WRONG.

Yep, it's true.

Raquel Pelzel, Toasting Queen, released a new book called, Toast: A Cookbook, and in it she explains all the ins and outs of making the perfect piece of toast. 

Speaking to Woman's Health, Raquel admits she uses a grill 90 percent of the time when she's making toast at home. 

"This method of toasting adds the loveliest extra dimension of singed flavour from the grilling element," she says.

Plus, if you love big slices of toast (but get annoyed because they won't fit in the toaster), you can now make golden-brown delicious slices easily!

Here is Ms Pelzel's tried-and-true method:

1. Drizzle one side of the bread with either oil (olive, grapeseed, your pick!) or softened butter, then season with a few pinches of salt. 

2. Position the rack on the top tier of the grill, 7 to 8 centimetres from the grilling element, and preheat to high. 

3. Set the bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and grill until golden-brown (about two or three minutes). 

4. Flip the bread slices, and toast the other side for about another minute or so. 

5. Remember to watch the bread closely as you don't want it to burn!

Et viola! Perfect toast!

Ok, we know that it's a little bit more complicated and time-consuming than popping bread into a toaster, but hey, the results are SO worth it – especially the next time you want to make avocado toast!

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Many food trends have come and gone, but Bulletproof coffee looks like it might be here to stay.

The idea sounds disgusting and even dangerous, but many health addicts swears it gives you the much needed energy boost to help get you through the day.

The butter and coffee mix apparently provides your brain and body with the healthy fats that are apparently missing from our diets.

So as well as giving you energy, Bulletproof coffee will help to also increase cognitive function that you can literally feel when it kicks in for about six hours- and without the crash.

Not only has it been proven to help give you a much needed kick for your day, but it can also help with weight loss. Drinking it each morning puts your body in the routine to burn fat all day, helping you trim down overall.

So what do you need to do? Well, it’s simple really – just add two tablespoons to your coffee and there’s your perfect breakfast alternative.

We doubt it tastes nice, but if it does this and more, it’s worth a try?

 

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While we all love the sweet and salty taste of peanut butter, it’s not exactly the healthiest treat out there. Thankfully, there are some healthier and just as delicious nut butters that can easily be used as an alternative.

Almond Butter
Almond butter is probably the most popular nut butter alternative. This is mostly due to the similar taste to peanut butter and of course, being healthier.

Walnut Butter
Doesn’t look as appetising as its counterparts, but it’s still a delicious spread that can be used for various lunchtime snacks.

Hazelnut butter
Basically the healthier version of Nutella. Yes, there may be no chocolate, but it’s still sweet and of course a lot healthier too.

Cashew Butter
Sweet, addictive and can be the perfect mid-morning snack.

Macadamia Nut Butter
More ideal for desserts and can be great as side dip for fruits. Mmm…delicious.

Brazil Nut Butter
Salty and crunchy, but still a perfect spread for that lunchtime treat.

Pecan Butter
Very sweet and even more delicious when spread over a slice of homemade brown bread.

Sunflower Seed Butter
This is technically not a nut, but in reality, neither is the Brazil Nut! However, sunflower seed butter is still probably the mostly healthy spread on this list. Not only is it low in calories, but it’s perfect for those who have an allergy to nuts and is delicious too.

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It’s good to have a healthy alternative to butter to spread on bread or crackers.

While avocado makes a great substitute, sometimes we all want something a little sweet.

This spread is made from coconut, honey and vanilla.

It’s sweet and healthy – perfect for your morning toast!

What you’ll need:

  • 250g dessicated coconut
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 vanilla pod

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass jar. The mixture will harden after a few hours and become like a buttery consistency.

To make the spread chocolate, just add some cocoa powder or some white chocolate to keep that great colour!

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