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How to Make Spreadable Butter

How to Make Spreadable Butter

I LOVE butter.  We go through large amounts of good old fashioned butter in the Hubbard kitchen and you couldn’t pay me to use margarine!  That being said, I sometimes miss the convenience of those spreadable tubs of butter wannabes.  They’re so easy to smear on a piece of crusty bread or to butter up things like corn on the cob or grilled cheese.  So I decided to make my own “buttery spread” that’s easy to make and is based on real, wholesome ingredients, not chemistry and cheap oils.  Here you go!

Spreadable butter

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup oil (See notes for recommendations)
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Put butter and oil in a medium sized bowl and whisk until completely smooth, roughly 2 minutes.  You can also use a food processor or hand mixer if you’re in a rush.
  • Add salt to taste
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Notes:

  • Oil – Many oils can be used in this recipe based entirely on your personal preference.  Choose oil(s) that have a flavor or health benefits that you like.   Just make sure the oil is liquid when refrigerated (this rules out coconut oil) or else it won’t be spreadable which defeats the whole purpose!  Here are my top choices:
    • Olive oil – this is my personal favorite.  It’s a healthy oil and it tastes good.  I use extra virgin but you can use light olive oil for less pronounced olive flavor.
    • Flax oil – this is probably the healthiest choice due to its high omega 3 content, however I’m not crazy about the taste.  When I use flax oil I cut it with another oil and/or add spices to improve the taste.
    • Canola oil is a mild oil that can be used if you want to preserve the most butter flavor.  I prefer olive and flax for their health benefits but this is a good, nearly flavorless alternative.
    • Sesame oil or other flavorful options like chili oil can be used if you want a flavored spread.  Be aware that these oils can be really bold and a little goes a long way.  You’ll probably want to cut them by at least half with a milder oil such as olive oil
  • Optional extras – you can jazz up your spread with lots of tasty extras such as garlic powder, onion powder, honey, cinnamon and many other spices.  Experiment with different combinations and you’re sure to find some winners!

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elvissa/1422595993/

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