Friday, January 18, 2013

Soft, Spreadable Butter



I love butter; I've never been a big fan of margarine. Butter is better for you than margarine too. Haven't you seen that email forward that's been going around for years or maybe the article on Facebook about the horrors of margarine? No? Well check this out, or this. Ok, are you convinced butter is better?

There are a couple of problems with using butter however. Straight out of the fridge it's 


hard and not at all spreadable. It's also kind of expensive, and yes it is an animal fat and not as healthy as I would like it to be. But I have a solution to all those problems. 







Once it is incorporated well, pour and scoop your fresh batch of butter spread into a lidded container and refrigerate where it will be ready when you want it.


Double or triple this batch and you will have plenty for a long time. You can buy the butter and olive oil spreads in the store and pay a lot of money for the convenience. But why would you when this is so easy and takes only minutes to do it yourself? 



* Not all olive oils are the same or have the same flavor. If you would like to know more, here is an informative link.


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70 comments:

  1. I always use butter as it is better for you. I never thought to combine it with an oil. Thanks for sharing.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  2. Great tip! I notice you keep it in a jar. Good idea ;)

    Blessings, Roxana

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  3. What a wonderful tip. Thanks. Also love the olive oil link.

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  4. Can't wait to try some homemade spreadable butter! Yum!

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  5. I'm a keep-the-butter-in-the-fridge wife married to a keep-the-butter-on-the-counter husband. Your idea might just be the perfect solution.

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  6. I tend to just zap my butter to soften it, but this is a better idea!

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  7. What great information -- thank you for sharing. Like you -- I love my butter and margarine is NOT even close! But this I would try.

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  8. I used to make something similar for my family. I squeezed two Lecithin capsules in mine which helped give it consistency. Now that it's just the two of us, we use Land 'O Lakes blended butter/oil. It has none of the hydrogenated fats that are in margarine. But I totally agree that margarine is bad for our health.

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  9. Wow, I had no idea. I prefer my butter in the fridge and set it out to soften, but I like this idea with canola oil thought :) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  10. I wouldn't have thought to combine it with oil to make it spread easier. Thank you for the tip!

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  11. What an easy solution, thank you for sharing! Visiting today from Raising Imperfection.

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  12. This is a fantastic tip, I hate butter that you can't spread!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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  13. Great tip! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

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  14. I've made frugal butter by adding cold water but never though to extend the butter with oil - great idea. Thank you!!

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  15. Oh I have got to do this! My hubby is all about spreadable butter. Thanks for linking up!!
    xoxo, Jordan.

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  16. What a wonderful tip! I always use butter, but have never tried this. Thanks so much! I'll be pinning this!

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  17. Good to know! HATE trying to spread butter on bread and having it tear the bread apart! I'm going to pin this so I don't forget.

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  18. I have never tried this, but I am going to immediately! I HATE it when my butter is hard and breaks up my toast, so I microwave it ............ ha ha! Thanks for the tip Connie. And thanks for stopping by my blog too!
    Anna

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  19. My family was just talking about this this weekend. Perfect! Thanks! I'll link soon.

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  20. I'm telling this to my husband who sticks it in the microwave and melts it - yuck.

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  21. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing!

    Already your follower hopping by, blogging @ Why?

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  22. This is great, I've never heard of doing this. I don't like margarine, never have, so this it awesome! Thanks for sharing at my party.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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  23. Thanks for this post, I had no idea you could do this! I'm your newest follower via GFC. Please come visit me at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

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  24. what an awesome idea! will do. I am a butter lover all the way

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  25. Great idea. I'll have to try this.

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  26. OMG this is such a great idea!!! Thanks so much for such a great post! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's

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  27. Wonderful! I'd love to have you come share some of your projects at my link party that just went live!

    http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/01/an-oldie-but-goodie-link-party-2-and.html
    I'm your newest follower!
    Nancy

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  28. Well this sure beats waiting for a stick of butter to soften enough to spread it on toast! Thanks for the tip.
    Stopping in from All My Bloggy Friends

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  29. What a great idea. I always use butter but I hate that it's hard to spread.

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  30. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Have a great week!

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  31. Wow! I never knew! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Tell Me Tuesday! -Tori

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  32. Oh, yum!! What a great idea!! Thanks for the inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful week. :)

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  33. Over here from Our Shelter Tree link up --- happy to find a great way to make real butter spreadable! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Great tip and I will give it a try. We are real butter people too, never use margarine. Though I would like to have it spreadable. I always have to think way ahead of time and lay the butter out if I want it spreadable but to be honest, half the time I forget. So looking forward to giving your idea a try. Thanks for sharing. Visiting you from Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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  35. I've never tried this. I might have to try this idea. Thanks for linking up @ Inspiration Spotlight on DearCreatives.com & hope to see you again this week!

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  36. I do love my butter! Never knew I could make my own spread! THIS is wonderful to know! Thanks for sharing at One Creatie Weekend!

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  37. I'm here from the Crafty Soiree! :D Lovely blog post! Making me hungry!

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  38. First read this in Laurel's Kitchen in the 1970's and have used it ever since. I use sunflower oil as I don't like the taste of olive oil (though I love olives)

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  39. Thank you for the great tip. I found you at the Share Your Cup Party and I’ve become your newest follower. I’m also hosting a party this week and I would love for you to come by and share this at my party - Fluster’s Creative Muster.
    http://www.flusterbuster.com/2013/01/flusters-creative-muster-party-4.html

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Robin
    @ Fluster Buster

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  40. What a great idea! I've never thought about this but now I HAVE to make it. My life would be so much more simple. Thanks for sharing. I'd love it if you'd come share with us at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

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  41. Thanks for sharing this on Whisk Away Wednesday! I'm always looking for healthier options in food.

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  42. What a great thing to know! Thanks so much for sharing!! We are hosting our very 1st link party today! It is now live. We would love to have you link up as many of your ideas as you would like! You can find our blog at
    thebusybhive.blogspot.com
    Thanks and have a wonderful day!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee's

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  43. I understand they have flavored olive oils now, including a butter flavored one. I hear they're all pretty good (?)
    I'll have to compare the cost between the tubs and doing it myself.
    Several people have told me they keep their butter out - one person I know of keeps theirs in a butter dish that's pottery or ironstone - (glazed). It has a lid and the potter/stone keeps it cool all day. ?? Don't know if I'd want to do that - but it stays spreadable that way.
    Thanks for the info - Jenn, via Liz's TTT

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  44. I'll have to try that. Thanks for the tip.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/01/music-rhythm-and-rap.html

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  45. this is great! pinning it right now!

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  46. Well that is a great idea and it looks delicious!

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  47. Wow! I always use butter! It tastes so much better! thanks for this tip!

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  48. This is such a great idea. I love butter and olive oil, so I think this would work great for me.

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  49. This is such a great idea! I will definetly be doing this. I hate how hard the butter spreads are from the store. I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/

    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  50. Super interesting idea! I will definitely need to give this one a try!

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  51. This looks yummy! Please share this in a new Linky Party --Weekend Kitchen Creations at www.weekendkitchencreations.blogspot.com. Please join us, share your delicious creation, build more traffic for your blog and get other scrumptious ideas.

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  52. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!

    Kathie
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday

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  53. Congrats! You're spreadable butter post is one of the two winning features from last week's link party at 'Or so she says...'!! Stop by the blog tomorrow to see your post, in all it's glory. It will also be shared on Pinterest. :) Thanks for linking up!

    Mariel
    'Or so she says...'
    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  54. I found you from the Show and Tell Saturday link up. Your so right, butter is loads better for you then margarine. My family misses the spreadable stuff though, so I cant wait to try this. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share! http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-1/

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  55. We heart butter in my family. I'm under strict instructions to leave it on the counter for optimum softness. I am allowed to put it in the fridge when the temps are way too much for the butter in the summer. Only time!

    Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday! Looking forward to reading more of your tips.

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  56. Agree that butter is way better than margarine -- and this is a great idea to make it better yet! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

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  57. Great idea! I am a HUGE advocate of butter over margarine! Plus, doesn't butter just make EVERYTHING delicious?! Thank so much for sharing!

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  58. I always use butter. Better for you and much tastier. I keep some in a butter dish at room temp. Never thought of adding Olive oil. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  59. Love butter! I never use margarine and I always cringe when butter is pegged as unhealthy. I love the idea of combining it with olive oil...

    Hopped over from Lemons for Lulu link party!

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  60. Wow - such a brilliant idea!! I'm going to have to try this. I haven't been buying butter because of the price, but I know it's better for you than margarine. I'll have to try this out. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime. Hope to see you tomorrow!

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  61. Ah butter...how we love you!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  62. This is genius!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness :)

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  63. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays!

    Jody

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  64. Canola oil is not a healthy oil but other than that remark this works very well

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  65. Found this post after reading your lotion bar one. Love this idea. I buy the whipped butter but this seems so much better and will be a money saver.

    Thanks - I pinned this one too and am subscribing!

    Sue
    bebeand.com

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  66. Grape seed oil and coconut oil also work great, depending what flavor you like, plus added health benifits. I find grape seed oil leaves no extra flavor, great for just plain butter flavor oh how I love it on warm banana nut bread and on toast with tea when I'm feeling a little under the weather. Coconut oil gives a slight sweetish tropical flavor which is great for toast, muffins, banana nut bread also, and on baked zucchini with a little cinnamon. For cooking the hard stuff is fine but I make my own fresh butter in vitamix so I soften all of mine and it makes it go nearly twice as far also. The only thing I miss is the measuring paper package. And ummm whipped garlic herb butter to spread on home made bread. There is a world of good in butter.

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