Monday, June 27, 2011

"I can't believe it's not butter!" .. well, that's because It Is! :)

So... butter. I LOVE IT. I don't think I have ever bought a ... no, I know I have never bought a stick of margarine or any other butter knock off. The real thing is not so great for you, but it is SO much better. Better in cooking, better on bread, JUST BETTER. :) - And at least it's REAL right? eh eh? Get it? REAL? :) hehehe... that's more than I can say for margarine! However, butter can cost a pretty penny and it just keeps getting more and more expensive. We eat a lot of bread 'round these parts and toast is a morning usual. My whole life my parents had a covered butter dish that they left out by the toaster or in the cabinet above the toaster. I do the same thing... it totally creeps Mike out to have butter sitting out for days at a time... I never even thought about it .. is that weird? ha! - Thankfully none of us have died, or even got sick, but I just can't stand tearing up my nice fluffy bread with hard butter.. and I'm not about to spend money on spreadable ... "not butter." :) So! Here is the answer!

Homemade Spreadable Butter!

1 cube of butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup of canola oil (or any other oil of choice ... I like canola oil because it has no taste and is among the heart healthy oils as it has no trans fat)

You can either whisk this until your arm is dead or use some sort of mixer, I love my Kitchen Aid! I wasn't thinking and used the paddle instead of the whisk , but it still worked just fine :) -

It will start to look like this.... just keep mixing! :) .............................. yup, KEEP mixing!

See how smooth it looks? It actually still looked slightly lumpy as I was mixing, but when I stopped the mixer it smoothed out ... these are the mysteries :) ha I mixed the butter and oil for about 5 minutes.

Now! Pour into a Tupperware and refrigerate - NOTE - it will be really runny right after whisking it to death, but after a few hours in the fridge, it's set and perfect! :)

The glory in this is now you have twice the butter.. spreadable butter that is (I wouldn't try baking with it.. but if you do, let me know how it turns out! :) ) and you are splitting the trans fats in half by adding the canola oil! Now that I know how SIMPLE this is, it is shocking that people are spending more money for less butter! Don't you feel good that you can do it yourself now? :) I sure do! :) and I KNOW what's in it! :) Enjoy!! :)


Butters In The Kitchen said...

Wow... Look how smart you are! Not that I am surprised:) I always leave butter out too. As long as it is not unsalted it is ok because the salt preserves it. But keep the unsalted butter in the fridge unless you plan on making a cake soon. And it is Sooo true that there is nothing better than real Butter!

Cara and Mike said...

That's good to know Heather! :) Thank you! :)

Gennaveeve said...

We always had butter out when I was growing up too, but Adrian just won't have it! It has to be in the fridge! Silly boys!

Laura Jett said...

Love it! I am totally sharing this! I hope you're okay with that! ;)