butterfat

noun
but·ter·fat | \-ˌfat \

Definition of butterfat 

: the natural fat of milk and chief constituent of butter consisting essentially of a mixture of glycerides (such as those derived from butyric, capric, caproic, and caprylic acids)

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The Whites, who no longer sell frozen treats, had an agreement with Fieldbrook that the ice cream would contain 14 percent butterfat. Washington Post, "I scream, you scream: Jury to settle bitter dessert dispute," 5 July 2018 The test allows creameries and cheese factories to separate out and measure the percentage of butterfat in milk to ensure farmers do not dilute their milk with water. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Astronaut’s female descendants are prized for their udder quality and the high butterfat content of their milk. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018 In a deep pot, heat fermented dairy mixture to set curds, and collect the butterfat that separates. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018 Soda Shoppe's milkshake, made with high-butterfat ice cream, is much better, with a frothy, lumpy texture and more complex, almost caramel flavor. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Waiting in line at Shake Shack? There’s a better burger and shake (and it’s cheaper)," 14 June 2018 Soft serve: Soft serve generally contains 3 to 6 percent butterfat; Dairy Queen’s recipe calls for 5 percent. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "A cold war: Which is better, hard or soft-serve ice cream?," 14 June 2018 Fry onions, garlic, chiles and paprika in butterfat. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018 Significantly lower in butterfat than ice cream — from 0 to 8 percent on average, versus 10 to 18 percent or higher — gelato is churned with less air, so it’s unexpectedly denser and richer in the mouth. Michele Parente, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Stop eating bad ice cream: The case for gelato," 16 June 2017

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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butterfat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk from which butter is made

butterfat

noun
but·ter·fat | \ˈbə-tər-ˌfat \

Kids Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk that is the chief ingredient of butter

butterfat

noun
but·ter·fat | \-ˌfat \

Medical Definition of butterfat 

: the natural fat of milk and chief constituent of butter consisting essentially of a mixture of glycerides (as butyrin, olein, and palmitin)

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