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Friday, 18 July 2014

Frugal Friday - Make your own flavoured butter

Ever seen those fancy packs of meat with a slice of butter inside? The ones that usually set you back a good few extra £'s because they class it as "premium" range! The meat itself probably is but the flavourings are not, You can achieve the exact same thing using a cheaper cut of meat and making your own flavoured butter.

Photo taken from BBC good food - some flavouring ideas on here too.

Once every 6 weeks i use a whole small tub of butter and make up 2 extra sausages of butter. I did find i was not using it all in the time frame given so i started making much smaller portions. I now make some up around half the size of a sausage, but make more flavours. As i make sauces from scratch, these are added to the majority of them so i use them up fairly quickly.

  • Butter - low fat/unsalted practically any butter can be used (most sites recommend around 100g)
  • Flavourings - go wild, they do not take up much room in the freezer. 
  • Clingfilm
  1. Remove butter from the fridge and all to soften
  2. In a bowl, add butter and beat until it is creamy and smooth
  3. Stir in any flavourings you are using
  4. Lay out clingfilm on a flat surface and start spooning your butter mix onto the clingfilm and roll into a sausage shape
  5. Twist the ends to seal and store in the fridge or the freezer. - It is perfectly fine to freeze butter. If its frozen in this way you can slice off what your need rather than defrost a big chunk of it. It will keep reliably for 1 month maybe 6 weeks. 
Some flavouring ideas: 
  • Cheese and onion - i add this to mash, pasta or sauces. 
  • Chilli and basil - Fantastic in stuffed chicken breasts. or on jacket potatoes. 
  • Sun dried tomato 
  • Bacon and herb 
  • Smoked sausage and garlic
  • Cranberry butter - fantastic with left over xmas turkey
  • Mint butter - gorgeous over lamb
  • Apple cider and garlic - Really nice on pork
The list is endless. Pinterest is a fantastic source of information, if you would like to find more, try searching for flavoured butter recipes. 

This is a really cost effective way of adding flavours to your foods. To maximise the savings you make, use flavourings from your weekly cooking to make the butter. 

What would be your first choice? 

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