Making Stick Butter Spreadable

Mar 5, 2022

Where possible, my family tries to reduce the amount of plastic we consume. One example of this is our choosing not to purchase tubs of spreadable butter, a food staple we eat plenty of. Instead, we convert sticks of butter (which come in paper containers) into spreadable butter. The recipe we use to do this is shown below. It's an easy way to prevent extra plastics from entering the waste stream.

  • Two sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup oil

Bring the sticks of butter to room temperature by leaving them out overnight. Place the butter into a bowl, along with the salt and oil of your choosing. We use avocado oil, as it has a pretty neutral taste. Olive oil is also a good choice, but be aware that olive oil can have a fairly overpowering taste.

Mix the ingredients well with a hand-mixer. Pour the contents into a container (we reuse old, plastic butter tubs) and refrigerate. Two sticks of butter fit nicely into a 15-ounce butter container.



12:16 AM on Mar 6, 2022

Why unsalted butter? Recipes that start with unsalted butter and then add salt make no sense to me.


1:32 AM on Mar 6, 2022

That's typically just what we buy for baking, so we don't often have salted on hand. You could easily substitute the salted variant and leave the salt out.

I'd be willing to bet, however, that this recipe ends up with less salt than the salted variants you buy in the store, which is likely better for your health.

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