Is Butter Gluten Free? Yes & No

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Is Butter Gluten-Free?

On the gluten free diet you have to question everything including butter! Is butter gluten free? We’ll delve into why it is and why it isn’t.

Substitute for Butter, butter on french toast.

What is Butter?

Butter is a dairy product made from the fat and protein of cow’s milk. It is solid at room temperature and used in cooking and baking. It has a creamy texture and a rich, buttery flavor.

A package of Kerrygold butter.

Butter Ingredients

Butter is made from the simple ingredients of cream and salt.

Cream* (milk), Sea salt. May contain : whey cream. (source)

A brick of butter cut into smaller pieces with a knife.

How is Butter Made?

Butter is made by churning cream until it becomes solid. This process changes the structure of the fat molecules and creates the creamy texture of butter.

It also adds air to the butter, which is what makes it spreadable.

Butter is so simple to make you can make it at home using a mason jar or your food processor.

A bowl of butter.

Is Butter Gluten Free?

Yes, butter is naturally gluten free. The only ingredients that are usually added to butter are salt.

Sometimes other flavors are added like garlic or sweet flavors like blueberries to turn it into a finishing butter, so always read the ingredients label.

French bread with butter on it.

Does Butter Have Gluten?

Cross-contamination is how butter can be filled with gluten. If you’re reaching for the butter at a dinner party, your home (if you share it with others), or where someone might have used a knife to spread their butter on bread or toast and then slathered on more butter with the same knife, the butter is now contaminated.

My dad is notorious for contaminating the butter. When he visits I have to give him a separate piece of butter to keep in the fridge that he can fill with as many bread crumbs as he wants.

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