A couple days ago I went into the grocery store and saw this.
Those are plastic tubs of whipped butter spread that will all eventually end up in the landfill. I know why people buy this stuff. Have you ever made a piece of toast only to realize you don’t have any butter in your butter dish? This is one of the most irritating things I can think of. But I don’t buy this stuff because of the plastic tub. Because I understand the need for soft butter spread, I came up with this recipe. Not only does it save plastic tubs from going into the landfill, it saves money. Butter is expensive and this recipe stretches it out. Here are the ingredients I used:
- 1/2 cup softened salted butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
Yup, that’s it. Just olive oil, butter and water.
Beat the butter on high speed until fluffy.
Slowly add the olive oil, continuing to beat on high speed. It will look like this:
Slowly add the water, continuing to beat on high speed. The mixture will lighten in color and become fluffy.
Put it in a jar and chill until set.
There isn’t any bread to make toast in my house, so I haven’t used it yet. (That’s a pumpkin cake in the corner, not bread.) Note: Don’t use this spread for baking. The chemistry of the butter has been altered.
We started using a butter bell in our house instead of butter spread in a plastic tub. You can use real butter and it keeps it soft without spoiling.