HOW TO BROWN BUTTER

Browned butter is the best thing ever!

Gather around kids, today we’re going to learn how to brown butter. But, before we get started, I’m going to tell you what browned butter is. We all love butter, it literally does make everything better. Now, imagine this: we take that butter and elevate it’s flavour. And no, I don’t mean by adding aromatics in it.

I mean, gently heating it until it’s water content evaporates and the milk solids separate, and we’re left with a luscious, nutty, fragrant and very gratifying melted buttery goodness. You can then go on to use this as a dipping sauce for seafood, as a base to other sauces and dishes or even just pour it over food. SO FUCKIN GOOD, we could go on for hours about why we love browned butter.

And the best part, you can use browned butter as a substitute for most recipes that call for regular butter. All you got to do is make sure you get it to the right consistency as called for in that recipe. In turn, you’re adding a whole new flavour profile to your recipe. SO worth the extra work.

Convinced? Awesome! Let’s get started.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time1 minCook Time14 minsTotal Time15 mins

HERE'S WTF YOU NEED:
 a light coloured skillet
 a stirring spoon
 1 cup butter, cut into 1-inch cubes (will give you 1 cup browned butter)
 a heat proof bowl

HERE'S WTF YOU DO:
1

Chuck the cubes of butter into the saucepan on medium heat, and start stirring. You got to make sure you're stirring the butter the entire time, so don't step away even for a minute.

2

As it starts melting, the butter will start to sizzle around the edges of the pan. Keep stirring, preferably with oven mitts on if you're afraid of getting burnt. There will be quite a bit of foam collecting throughout this time.

3

In about 6 to 9 minutes, the butter will start getting golden-brown. And now you know why we need to use a light coloured pan. The foaming will not be as vigorous and slowly start to subside. You will also notice milk solids collecting at the base of the pan, let them stay there, all the while continuously stirring.

4

And at this time, when you start noticing this heavenly buttery smell, you know you're on the right track. Now, you got to be quick. Take off the heat immediately, and pour your browned butter into the heat proof bowl.

5

Some folks choose to strain out the toasty brown bits, I love them in. So you do you. And you're good to go, use as you'd like. Drink it even, it's that good.

Ingredients

HERE'S WTF YOU NEED:
 a light coloured skillet
 a stirring spoon
 1 cup butter, cut into 1-inch cubes (will give you 1 cup browned butter)
 a heat proof bowl

Directions

HERE'S WTF YOU DO:
1

Chuck the cubes of butter into the saucepan on medium heat, and start stirring. You got to make sure you're stirring the butter the entire time, so don't step away even for a minute.

2

As it starts melting, the butter will start to sizzle around the edges of the pan. Keep stirring, preferably with oven mitts on if you're afraid of getting burnt. There will be quite a bit of foam collecting throughout this time.

3

In about 6 to 9 minutes, the butter will start getting golden-brown. And now you know why we need to use a light coloured pan. The foaming will not be as vigorous and slowly start to subside. You will also notice milk solids collecting at the base of the pan, let them stay there, all the while continuously stirring.

4

And at this time, when you start noticing this heavenly buttery smell, you know you're on the right track. Now, you got to be quick. Take off the heat immediately, and pour your browned butter into the heat proof bowl.

5

Some folks choose to strain out the toasty brown bits, I love them in. So you do you. And you're good to go, use as you'd like. Drink it even, it's that good.

HOW TO BROWN BUTTER

Note: If you need to clarify butter head on over here to get the recipe! Although browned butter and clarified butter is made the same way, the difference between the two is that browned butter is allowed to continue heating until the milk solids get toasty, and butter more intense in flavour.


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