East Coast and West Coast butter are different and we are all lying

(Photo: Illustration by HuffPost; Photo by Getty Images)

(Photo: Illustration by HuffPost; Photo by Getty Images)

We all have an awareness that makes us feel like we are lying. “Berenstein Bears” instead of “Berenstein Bears”. this week, Tweet about butter Created another of those “oh” moments for people all over the country.

January 22, Panic Inc. Co-founder Cabel Sasser promised to hold both “West Coast and East Coast butter” and tweeted an ad for “Smarter Butter Dish” showing two differently shaped sticks representing each. did. His accompanying text summarizes the reaction that many of us had.

This ad is Butter hubThanks to its size adjustment, magnetic lid, extended legs, scoop lamps and scraped edges, it promises to “solve everyday problems” that plague butter eaters.

Sasser followed up on his first tweet, “I’m still learning new things every day,” and that feeling echoed in my reply.

Some HuffPost staff were similarly outraged at the idea that there could be differences in butter sticks on the East and West Coasts. Editors in New York and Los Angeles rushed to the fridge to examine and compare their butters, and found it … that’s true!

Sure, east coast butter tends to be sold in long, thin rods, but on the west coast, the rods are short and wide (and sometimes called). “Stubby”).

February 2021, TikTok users @bloodbathandbeyond shared the video Explain the reason behind the difference.Radio program “Marketplace” Part of the history of this dairy product In 2014.

The gist (or long and thin) is that most of the time, butter in the early 20th century was sold in blocks of £ 1. In 1907, the New Orleans-based chef was butter supplier Swift & C. I asked for the following. Give him the product with a quarter pound stick instead..

The concept was clearly understood. Over time, these narrow east coast butter sticks became known as Elgin Sticks after Elgin Butter in Elgin, Illinois, once known as the world’s butter capital. Elgin Butter Co. manufactures the widely used butter press (Elgin Butter Cutter) with standardized shape and size.

The eastern side of the United States dominated the dairy industry for a long time, but the western side decided to increase production in the 1960s. But it didn’t use those Elgin-style machines.

Therefore, as John Brune, a former director of the University of California, Davis’ Dairy Research Information Center, told the “Marketplace,” “the size of the cube seen in the west is the result of new equipment purchased at the time. Package Butter. ”Basically, their new machine made a stubborn stick known as“ West Coast Butter ”.

To date, the difference continues, causing culture shock between transplants.

Some butter storage products come in multiple sizes to accommodate regional disparities, One on Amazon Even provide Useful map graphics Helps customers decide which version they need.

But if you’re a Bi-Coastal Baker, don’t worry. No matter what style you buy, you still get 8 tablespoons of standard butter per stick. The next time you bake a delicious treat, make sure you are measuring the right amount.

This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.

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