Why a blog on butter? Isn't butter bad for you? What is Compound butter anyway?
We are doing a blog on butter to let you know that it is NOT bad for you, if you use it in moderation. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of butter, especially if it is grass-fed butter.
Butter is a good source of Butyrate. What is Butyrate? It is a type of fatty acid that helps your gut work right. It may be important for gut-related diseases from autoimmunity to obesity to colon cancer.
It is also a great source of a fatty acid called Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). This has powerful effects on metabolism and is actually sold commercially as a weight loss supplement.
It is rich in Fat-soluble Vitamins, A, E and K2. Vitamin K2 is intimately involved in calcium metabolism and low intake has been associated with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
These are just a few benefits from studies of butter .
Real butter, (a dairy product, made from milk or cream), or margarine (something that is oil-based and highly processed), the choice is up to you.
Now, what is Compound Butter? It is your new culinary best friend!
It is butter mixed with supplementary ingredients to improve its texture and give it a little more kick. It helps to enhance the flavor of your vegetables, meats, breads etc. Of course, again we stress MODERATION!
Let's make this and you decide if it's worth it.
You will need parchment paper, hand mixer, spatula, garlic press (if you have one) and a mixing bowl.
First you will place your butter into your bowl and mix it until it is light and fluffy.
TIP: Start slow, you may have to scrap the sides a few times. Increase your speed to the highest and that will loosen the butter from the mixer blades.
Next, add your minced Chives,
your minced Garlic,
and your salt.
Mix these up until well blended.
Now, lay out a sheet of parchment paper and place your butter mixture on it. Using your spatula, shape it into a log as best as you can.
Next, fold the parchment paper over your butter compound and roll it up.
Twist the ends tight and pop this into your freezer for at least 30 minutes. When it is set (firm) you can then put into your fridge for up to a month or so.
Again, this gives you a wonderful enhancement of flavor to your vegetables, meats and breads (plus some health benefits!). Enjoy!
We are breaking this down into 1 teaspoon/4.73g. servings (to keep it in moderation)
This recipe makes 48 servings.
Each serving contains,