From the Archives: All About Butter!

From the Archives: All About Butter!

Emma Christensen
Apr 6, 2009

Mmm...butter. We're big fans of its rich flavor in our dishes and the melt-in-the-mouth texture it adds to our pastries. Not surprisingly, we've had a lot to say on the subject over the years - take a look!

Types of Butter

DIY Butter - Have you ever made butter at home? Definitely try it at least once!

Salted vs. Unsalted Butter - Sure, unsalted is better for baking, but do you know why?

Ghee - This special clarified butter has a slightly nutty flavor and gets used in a lot of Indian and Middle Eastern cooking.

Things to do with Butter

How to Brown Butter - This is so delicious spooned over seafood or steamed vegetables. It also adds a whole new element to baked goods!

How to Clarify Butter - Clarifying butter removes the solids that would otherwise burn over high heat.

Ways to Soften Butter - At one time or another, all of us have forgotten soften butter ahead of time. Here's how to do it quickly!

How Long Can Butter Be Left Out? Butter doesn't have to be refrigerated, but it's best to keep it in a special butter crock to avoid rancidity.

Ways to Enjoy Butter

Herb Butter Spread
Browned Butter Spread
Radishes with Butter and Sea Salt
Pasta with Brown Butter and Fried Sage
Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Fancy Butters to Try!

Andante Dairy Butter
Isigny Butter
Vermont Butter and Cheese Company

(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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