When it comes to cooking and baking, it’s a universally acknowledged truth that butter only makes things better.
But with the holiday season coming, many may have to scramble to find enough butter for their baked goods. It is according to Wall Street Journal, which was recently reported in the shortage of milk in the US due to staffing problems and low milk production.
Since last summer, the price of butter has risen, making it so one of the grocery items that are hardest hit by inflation, data from the Ministry of Labor shows. The price of butter rose 24.6% between the end of July 2021 and August 2022, third only to margarine (38.3%) and eggs (39.8%).
The butter shortage also comes amid a new trend that’s gaining attention on TikTok and Instagram – butter boards. It’s like a charcuterie board, but has soft butter with high-quality bread, USA Today explained.
However, the dairy industry is well aware of the problem and is working to provide Americans with the products they need in the coming months.
“We want to run the assets we have harder when we can get more milk off the farm,” Joe Coote, chief executive at Darigold Inc, told the Journal.
Those heading into a big baking season ahead of time should watch out for butter does not freeze welland that there are plenty of substitutes for the recipe including Crisco, olive oil and coconut oil.
Severe weather — everything from heat and drought to heavy rain — could pinch U.S. food supplies in the coming weeks, CNN reports. The cost of food production and the Russia-Ukraine war as well said so eat the rising cost.
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