Recipe: Frugal, Healthier Butter Stretcher

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Have you seen the price of butter?  Wow, has it gone up!  😦  We have always preferred using real butter as opposed to margarine. But butter isn’t budget friendly, and margarine isn’t butter. A friend shared a recipe for a “better butter” that we’ve been using ever since…and it’s so easy.

The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), softened, and 1/2 cup canola oil.  When we started trying to avoid genetically modified foods, canola oil was on our list to avoid. So we use olive oil for this, but you can use your favorite oil.  Even though it is dairy, this is something that I can tolerate in small amounts, might not be the same for everyone who has problems with dairy/casein.  Thankfully hubby and son do not have any food issues.

Take 1 stick of soft butter and 1/2 cup of oil and mix well until completely smooth. I usually double the recipe.  Pour it into a container and store in your refrigerator. It stays softer than butter, but might separate if you leave it out of the refrigerator too long. Use it the same as regular butter or margarine.

And have you tried flavoring your butter? There are so many recipes. Honey Butter: 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup honey. Cinnamon Honey Butter: add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon to Honey Butter. Maple Butter: 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 pure maple syrup. Orange Butter: 1/2 cup butter, 2 tbsp. orange juice, 1 tbsp. confectioners sugar. Chive Butter: 1/2 cup butter, 1 tbsp. chopped chives.

Do you have a flavored butter recipe that you use?

Proverbs 21:20 – There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.

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