Spread (food)

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Butter is commonly sold in bars (as pictured) or small blocks, and often served using a butter knife (pictured below the butter).

A spread is a food that is spread, generally with a knife, onto foods such as bread and crackers. Spreads are added to food to enhance the flavor or texture of the food, which may be considered bland without it. Butter and soft cheeses are typical spreads.

A sandwich spread is a spreadable condiment used in a sandwich, in addition to more solid ingredients. Butter, mayonnaise, prepared mustard, and ketchup are typical sandwich spreads, along with their variants such as Thousand Island dressing, Tartar sauce, and Russian dressing.

Spreads are different from dips, such as salsa, which are generally not applied to spread onto food, but have food dipped into them, instead.

Common spreads include dairy spreads (such as cheeses, creams, and butters, although the term "butter" is broadly applied to many spreads), margarines, honey, plant-derived spreads (such as jams, jellies, and hummus), yeast spreads (such as vegemite and marmite), and meat-based spreads (such as pâté).[1] Plant-based fat spreads have lower climate, water and land impacts than dairy butter.[2]

  1. ^ List of healthy spread food (health.com) Archived 2016-12-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Liao, Xun; Gerichhausen, Monique J. W.; Bengoa, Xavier; Rigarlsford, Giles; Beverloo, Ralph H.; Bruggeman, Yvonne; Rossi, Vincent (2020-06-01). "Large-scale regionalised LCA shows that plant-based fat spreads have a lower climate, land occupation and water scarcity impact than dairy butter". The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 25 (6): 1043–1058. doi:10.1007/s11367-019-01703-w. ISSN 1614-7502.