Daily Archives: March 1, 2012
Okay, I confess it, among all my “I wanna be green” life changes, the one I’ve hung onto way too long is incredibly silly: “light” spreadable butter.
A long list of ingredients I can’t pronounce. Tastes sort of like butter but not really enough like butter. Fewer calories, but it seems to take more to get the job done anyway.
So last time when I went shopping I forgot to buy it. Maybe it was a Freudian slip or something. And got quickly frustrated trying to spread “real” butter onto the kids’ bagels for lunch and stuff. So I hit the internet…
Turns out, DIY spreadable butter is incredibly easy:
DIY Spreadable Butter
Let 1 stick of butter soften a bit to room temperature. Put in a bowl and whip with electric beaters till fluffy. D
Drizzle in 1/4 cup neutral oil a little at a time, till fully blended with the butter
Whip on high speed a few minutes to get it all as fluffy as you can
Place into a container and refrigerate
Yes, that’s ALL. Really easy. Less saturated fat, and if you use olive oil as your neutral oil, you get the heart-healthy part added in as well. And well-whipped, there’s a little air in there which maybe means you use less…for me, just being able to spread a thin layer means I’m using less, LOTS less.
You can play with the proportions a little if you want; 2 parts butter to 1 part liquid oil seems good to me, because it preserves the buttery taste but is still soft enough to spread. Some people go as far as half-and-half, but that seems too much for me…
So…give it a try!