Do you love salted butter, but can’t find it anywhere? Or maybe you have a weird texture thing going on with your current salted butter. Either way, if you want to make salted butter from unsalted butter, you can do that quite easily at home. Making your own salted butter is a great idea if you only need a small amount and don’t want to keep buying it. Or perhaps you just really love salt. Whatever your reason for doing so, here are some simple steps to making salted butter at home.
How To Make Salted Butter From Unsalted Butter
- Cut your unsalted butter into 1/2-inch chunks or smaller. Put the chunks in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them sit for 24 hours, then drain the water off and place the butter in a pan to melt.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to your melted butter and stir it in until it’s completely mixed in.
- Quickly pour the mixture into a container (you can use an ice cube tray, but I wouldn’t recommend it) and let it sit at room temperature until it cools to room temperature. This will take an hour or two, depending on how warm your room is. Leave the butter out at room temperature for as long as you can stand it because once you put it in the fridge, you won’t be able to get it out again!
- Once your salted butter is cooled, put it in a freezer-safe container and freeze it for at least two hours. This will keep it from melting when you melt it in the near future.
- When you’re ready to use your salted butter, put it in a saucepan on medium heat until it’s melted. You can also pour it into a jar and leave it on the counter for about 2 hours, then put the jar in the fridge for a few hours to cool down before using.
- If you want to make salted butter in bulk, follow these steps: cut your unsalted butter into 1/2-inch chunks or smaller and cover them with water again. Let them sit for 24 hours, drain off the water, and repeat step 3 of the above (adding salt). Then follow steps 4-6 or above, but instead of freezing your salted butter after step 5, store it in a container and put it in the fridge (it will stay good for about 6 months).
What Are Some Benefits Of Using Salted Butter?
1. It’s cheaper
Why would you want to spend more money on something that can be made at home for much less? It’s more economical and makes sense if you don’t have easy access to salted butter.
2. It tastes better
When making your own salted butter, it will taste the best than any store-brand butter because it is perishable and will spoil quickly. You can use it right away or save it in an airtight container for several weeks. The flavor and texture of your homemade salted butter will be superior to store-bought brands.
3. It tastes better than no butter at all!
When you have a small amount of butter, you can always make it into salted butter and keep the rest of the butter unsalted, so that you will have a variety of flavored butter to choose from.
4. It’s healthier
The fat in your salted butter will be less saturated than the fat in commercial brands, so it is more heart-healthy. In addition, if you use natural salt for cooking and baking (and to flavor your salted butter), then your homemade salted butter is also healthier than store-bought brands because natural salt contains fewer additives than table salt.
Soften Your Unsalted Butter
- Place your unsalted butter in a glass bowl and place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Once softened, take it out of the freezer and wrap it up in a clean dishcloth or kitchen towel. Take your butter out of the dishcloth, unwrap it and place it on a piece of parchment paper.
- Place your butter in an oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until the butter is fully melted and you can see that it has become lighter in color (the color will turn from white to tan).
- Remove the butter from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a piece of parchment paper before placing it into an airtight jar or container with a lid. This step may take up to 3 days depending on how cold your kitchen is during this time period or how well your kitchen heat is working.
Mix It Up To Blend The Salt And Butter Together
- First, you’ll need to mix the butter and salt together. You can use the same method we’ve used before.
- Or, you can just use your hands and turn them into a nice creamy mixture.
- After you’ve mixed everything up, put it into a jar or container with a lid. Make sure to label it properly so you know what it is and who made it!
- Put in a cool dark place for 1-2 months until the salt has settled and the butter has become hard (if you want salted butter). It will be ready when it has a nice texture to it, but if you press on the top, there should still be some liquid left underneath that will come out when pressed on (like regular unsalted butter). If not, leave it in longer until ready!
- Now you can salt it to taste. If you want a really strong salted butter, use a lot of salt. If you don’t like the strong flavor, use less salt and add more milk or cream to make it taste more like unsalted butter. This is completely up to you!
- Put the container in your fridge and leave it there for at least 2 weeks, preferably longer (up to 2 months). After that time has passed, take out your salted butter and enjoy! It will last for up to 6 months if stored in a cool dark place. So if you need some salted butter in the near future, just grab it from your fridge and go!
Tips For Making Salted Butter From Unsalted Butter
1. Start with a small amount of unsalted butter
It’s best to start with a small amount of unsalted butter because the salt will have a greater effect on the smaller amount of butter. You can use it for cooking, or for spreading on bread or other foods.
2. Measure out your salt
You’ll need to measure out your salt into a container, but you don’t want to put too much in at once; otherwise, you might end up with salted butter that tastes like salty dish soap! When measuring out your salt, make sure you don’t add any extra water while doing so; otherwise, you might end up with salted butter that is too watery and doesn’t taste good at all! If you do end up with too much liquid in your salted butter, just drain it off and then add more salt until you get the right texture and taste.
3. Let it sit for at least a day
Once you’ve measured out your salt, you’ll want to let it sit in your fridge for a few days before using it. This will allow the salt to dissolve into the butter and give it a nice salty flavor. You can also use this time to test out the different flavors of salted butter if you want to do so. If you wish, after two weeks of sitting in your fridge, you can also use it as a cooking oil or spread it on bread or other foods.
4. Use salted butter sparingly!
If you love salted butter but don’t want to buy it all the time, then making your own at home is probably the best option for you. However, if you make too much of it at once and then have too much leftover that won’t go bad for months on end in your fridge, then just use it sparingly; otherwise, your salted butter might taste too salty.
5. Store it in a jar with a lid
Once you’ve made your salted butter, you can store it in a jar with a lid and use it whenever you need to. This way you can keep the salted butter at room temperature and use it whenever you want to! If you do this, make sure that the lid is secure so that no moisture gets into the jar; otherwise, your salted butter will go bad very quickly!
Making your own salted butter is a great way to get exactly what you want out of it. You can use unsalted butter and add the right amount of salt to get the texture you want. You can also mix different types of butter together if you want something in between. Whatever you decide, homemade salted butter is a great treat that’s easy to make at home.