Soft, room temperature butter is attained when you plan beforehand and place the required quantity of butter on your kitchen counter for an hour or two,(depending on the weather) before cooking. Take your finger and gently apply pressure to the surface of the butter if it gives way easily, it means it's at the right temperature. If it feels softer than that, place it back in the fridge to harden up for about 30-40 minutes.
• Sandwich breads need to be buttered as the fat acts as a deterrent to the moisture content of veggies like tomato and cucumber.
• Bakery products will never be the same without the buttery, flaky goodness and rich flavour that only butter affords. Cookies, crisp pie shells, light flaky puff pastry, tea cakes and most baked goodies have butter as the hero ingredient.
• Soup and sauces, from French classics like buerre and roux, where equal quantities of butter and flour are cooked together before the addition of spice flavoured milk to make white sauce. With butter and egg yolk, the classic Hollandaise and Béarnaise sauce are born.
• Breadbaskets filled with bread rolls and breadsticks with little bowls of plain and flavoured butter.
• Pure ghee, which is nothing but clarified butter is obtained when butter is heated and the moisture content evaporates. It has a higher keeping quality and is the common cooking medium preferred by households in India, especially during festival times.
• When making jam or preserves, apply a cube of butter after cooking to prevent foaming, skin and scum formation on the surface, while giving the product a buttery sheen.
How to store butter, makhan
• Since butter is a perishable product, it needs to be stored under refrigerated conditions.
• It is wrapped in greaseproof or foil lined paper.
• Since it has a tendency of absorbing odours easily, it is recommended to be stored well wrapped and away from strong flavoured foods.
• Keep away from sunlight as it tends to go rancid faster.
Health benefits of butter, makhan
Butter : Butter contains 80% fats and it comprises of many types of fatty acids. Butter has short chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids
which are broken down and absorbed into the body directly and go straight to the liver and get converted to fuel to be used by the muscles. Due to this anti-inflammatory effect
, it is said to have a positive effect in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
. Recent research shows that small amounts of butter
has positive effects on heart health
. So diabetics
too can have small quantity of butter and balance it with other types of fats they consume. A tbsp. of butter fulfils 8% of your days requirement of vitamin A. This Vitamin A
is a powerful antioxidant
which is essential for glowing skin health
and immune function. We suggest you read about butter the super food.
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.Nutritive Information for Butter:
1 tbsp of salted butter is about 12 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Energy - 88 caloriesProtein
– 0 g
Carbohydrate – 0 g
Fat – 9.7 g
384 mcg of Vitamin A
= 8% of RDA (about 4800 mcg)
0.3 mg of Vitamin E
= 1.5% of RDA (about 20 mg)
2.28 mg of Phosphorus
= 0.4% of RDA (about 600 mg)