Thursday, May 15, 2014

Better Butter

I'm all about saving money and eating "healthy." By that I mean we don't eat margarine or keep pop on hand other than ginger ale for upset stomach. But I eat choclate chips out if the bag.

The butter in action. The step by step photos I took
didn't turn out very well so I didn't end up using them.

I had been buying Land o Lakes spreadable butter with canola oil since it's spreadable and it should be lower in chloresterol since it's not all butter. (I have high bad  chloresterol so I try to exercise more and limit it in my diet.)

But I stumbled upon a make your own recipe!  And it was great.

Let two sticks of butter soften, whip with a hand mixer and add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt, if using unsalted butter, and 1/2 cup of canola oil. Wash out a 15 oz container of the store bought stuff and you'll be able to fill it up with homemade.

This was a game changer! We save almost $2 since it costs a little more than half as much to make as it does to buy it. It's not quite as smooth as the store bought stuff but it still spreads much more nicely on toast than real butter does and tastes great.

I can't wait to experiment and see if I can make lower fat spreadable butter by mixing milk back into the butter. I'll have an update once I give it a try.

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