I am a butter person. As we all know, butter does not spread well. I’ve searched for a soft butter spread at the grocery store for a long time, but they all contain water which makes my toast or popcorn soggy.
I remember my grandma always had butter on the counter at room temperature and it never made any of us sick. I used to do this myself until I found that the butter would get an unappetizing smell, probably meaning it went bad – couldn’t bring myself to do it anymore.
I have finally found a solution. What I do is whip together softened butter with oil – whatever oil I have on hand. Olive oil is my favorite but I don’t always have it on hand so have used plain old vegetable and canola oil with good results.
I don’t have an exact recipe, but last batch I made I used 2 sticks of butter. I whipped it with my hand mixer and would keep adding oil until it was nice and fluffy. It was probably at least 1/2 cup of oil. My suggestion is to experiment and put your finished result into the fridge, then make some toast later to see if it spreads to your liking and if not, let it get to room temperature then whip in more oil. I use salted butter and found I didn’t need any extra salt, but you may like a little extra salt.
I store it in a lidded plastic food container, usually a saved and cleaned cottage cheese container or something similar and keep it in the fridge.
Hope you enjoy this solution! Would love to hear your thoughts, solutions and ideas to this or any other related subject.