How to Make Flavored Butter - Cooking Tips
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Flavored butter, also referred to as compound butter, is prepared by blending together various ingredients such as fresh herbs, shallots, minced garlic, chili powder, pepper flakes, grated citrus zest, or an array of spices, fruits, and vegetables. It is commonly used as a condiment, as an addition to sauces, to baste meats and vegetables as they are grilled or broiled, and as a flavored topping for chops, steaks or seafood.
Flavored logs can be made by hand, with a blender, or by using a food processor. The following is a demonstration of how to make a flavored butter log by hand.
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Begin with unsalted butter that has been softened. With the heal of your hand, press the stick of butter onto a cutting board.
With a chef's knife, combine the recipe ingredients and butter together until they are completely blended together.
Place the blended butter on a sheet of waxed paper. Fold one edge of the waxed paper over the butter and wrap it under the butter.
Smooth the butter into a log. Once the butter is shaped into a log, roll the log up in the waxed paper.
Seal the butter roll by twisting the ends of the waxed paper in opposite directions.
Chill the butter in the freezer for a minimum of one hour. Once chilled, the butter can be sliced into attractive disks. If using at a later date, wrap the butter log in foil before storing in the freezer.
Butter logs are easy to store and are an attractive addition to any meal. Butter logs will remain fresh for up to one year when stored in the freezer.
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The best way to soften butter or margarine is to remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to become room temperature. To speed up this process, cut it into tablespoon size slices and place on a plate or in a bowl to soften.
Butter or margarine is softened properly if it gives slightly when pressed but does not crack or separate.
You can also check softness by bending a stick of butter or margarine. It should give slightly without cracking.
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