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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:01am

Joan, I had to look up Cerberus as well to understand Chris' comment.  What an image!

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 10:58am
I quit using margarine. Now it is either butter or olive oil. I like dipping crusty bread in good quality olive oil.
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 10:33am

I just noticed Joan's article "the color barrier".  It says about the same thing as mine.

I can remember my mother mixing the color into the white stuff and was fascinated by the color change.

It may be because I was raised on the stuff that I still prefer the taste of margarine over butter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 9:41am

I also remember the white margarine with the yellow coloring packet that was called oleomargarine or oleo.

I found an article that said it was the dairy industry that got colored margarine outlawed.  Federal and state laws ranged from banning margarine entirely to mandating it be colored black.  The courts shot-down the most egregious of those laws, but the ones that remained did a lot of damage.  The last law was in America's Dairyland state, Wisconsin, where it was repealed in 1967:

http://www.americainwwii.com/articles/victorys-spread/

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 7:36am

Joan, love that old magazine drawing! Wasn't margarine advertized and promoted to be a "healthy" alternative to "bad" butter? Now the reverse is thought to be true. I use unsalted butter in all my recipes.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 3:12am

Thanks for the margerine story! Must have been good business for Jurgens; the old company is now part of Unilever.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 1:56am

I don't know what a Cerberus is. 

OH! My Gosh! That is a terrible image. Whew! and all the condiments were "scraped thin". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 1:47am

I had forgotten the law about not selling yellow margarine. I do remember the white goo with the little capsule of yellow coloring. As I remember it, breaking the capsule, then squeezing the bag until yellow coloring was all mixed in, and then putting it in jars for storage. 

The Color Barrier, the topic is part of a larger article, A short history of Margarine - The Butter vs. Margarine Wars.

At my Grandmother Denoo's home, we used lard or bacon fat on toast. We also saved lard and bacon fat in buckets and sent it off for the war effort. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 1:21am

I think it was so that the illiterates would not mistake it for real butter, and then be disgusted when it tasted like axle grease....and attempt to return it to the store for a refund.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:40am

What a strange law, Sk8eycat, forbidden to sell yellow margerine, or in sticks. Why was that?

 

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