Category Archives: Butter

Making butter from cream

Geoff Scrase of Lower Hutt writes: Butter can be made from cream more cheaply than a present pack of 500g (about $6) if it is made from a 2-litre bottle of cream (about $8.50 plus GST from Moore Wilson). A 2-litre bottle should yield about 900g of butter and the balance of the mass is […]

More butter substitutes

Last week Laura from Paeroa had a question for readers. “I would like to do some baking but with butter so expensive at the moment I would like recipes that use oil instead. Can you replace butter with oil? ” Andie from Christchurch says yes – essentially the conversion ratio is 1 part butter to […]

Butter substitutes

Andrea writes, “Margarine can replace butter in just about every recipe, which makes it cheaper. It can be used in recipes where the butter is melted or softened or creamed. I’ve used it in scones, biscuits, slices, cakes, muffins and everything, really. Oil can replace butter in recipes where the butter is melted, but it […]

Butter substitute

I have substituted oil for butter in the bread I bake and there seems to be little to no difference in the resulting loaf. I substitute the oil at the same weight I have for the butter. – ie, 250 gram oil for 250 gram of butter. –¬†Annette in Canterbury  

A replacement for butter

Margarine can replace butter in just about every recipe, which makes it cheaper. It can be used in recipes where the butter is melted or softened or creamed. I’ve used it in scones, biscuits, slices, cakes, muffins and everything, really. Oil can replace butter in recipes where the butter is melted, but it won’t work […]

Butter or oil?

Laura from Paeroa has a question: I would like to do some baking however butter is so expensive at the moment. I would like recipes that use oil instead of butter. Unless someone knows how much oil to use to replace, for example, say 250 grams of butter in a biscuit recipe? Could you replace […]

Butter

There were quite a few ways of making butter go further by adding water, milk, and even cornflour. These days, the simplest way is to combine warm water and butter in equal parts by putting the butter into a mixer on low speed and slowly adding warm water until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Store it […]

Bulking out butter?

JS of Auckland asks, “I remember hearing of an old WW2 recipe to bulk out butter to make it go further. Does anyone have a copy of that recipe to share? It would be very handy as the price of butter now is getting out of hand.” To find the answer we consulted an expert, […]

Frugal flavoured butters and breads

reader wants to share their enthusiasm about a present they received for Christmas.¬† Their family had a make or bake Christmas and they were given a yummy home-made flavoured butter spread. It was simply an equal mix of butter and cold pressed olive oil. The trick was the olive oil was locally grown and had […]

Lorraine, Hamilton.

Buttermilk costs approx $4 for 600 mls. Here’s how to make your own. To 1 cup of whole milk add 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice (acid). Stir in and let stand for 5-10 mins. It will thicken. Other buttermilk substitutes are 3/4 cup plain yoghurt and 1/4 cup water mixed together or sour cream […]