INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Margarine is a highly processed food made by combining water and vegetable oils and usually containing emulsifiers, preservatives, additives, artificial colourings and flavourings and salt. There are many types available using different fats and with differing flavours and uses. Some are purely vegetable-based, containing no animal products at all, and are labelled dairy-free or vegan. Others contain a mixture of animal and vegetable fats.

Preparation

Margarine can be used as a substitute for butter in most cases. However, some are designed for spreading, and others are hard and designed for baking so always read the packaging before cooking with margarine.