Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Better Butter

We make homemade margarine out of butter and oil. It is more healthful than commercial margarine and a little less expensive than using straight butter. You can use whatever type of oil you like in this recipe. We usually use 1/4 cup olive oil (not extra virgin) and 1/2 cup canola oil. Using all olive oil does make it taste rather strong.

Homemade Margarine
In a large mixing bowl, whip 1 cup softened butter. Combine 1/4 cup water, and 3/4 cup oil. Slowly pour oil and water into butter with the mixer running on low speed. When all the liquid is dispersed, turn mixer up to high and mix until the butter is very smooth. Pour into a container and refrigerate, Use as you would any butter or margarine.

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Lynn said...

I have done this too. It works great.

sarahdodson said...

I JUST made this butter the other day. I accidentally put too much water, but it turned out okay anyway. I love how smooth and spreadable this is!

A Garden Girl said...

Sarah, One time I had the bright idea to use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup oil and make the butter go even farther. OK, not quite so bright! There were little pockets of water all through the hard butter. When you ran a knife across it, you got sprayed with water!

What kind of oil do you ladies use?

Shannon said...

I always make mine with half a cup of water and half a cup of oil and I've never had any trouble. It sounds like it didn't get mixed well.

Alamodey said...

This is a great tip, I'll have to try it!

Thanks for commenting at my blog- I'll edit it to direct readers to your notes!

A Garden Girl said...

Thank you, Shannon! I
ll have to try again on the next batch.

sarahdodson said...

I use all canola oil.