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How to Make European Style Cultured Butter // deliciousobsessions.com Follow Me on Pinterest

Butter.

Does it get any better than butter?

I think not. And I’m pretty sure other people agree with me, based on the comments I received on a recent Facebook post where I stated that “sourdough bread is simply a vessel to carry big globs of grass-fed butter to my mouth.”

So, now that we have all agreed that butter (and by butter, I mean grass-fed butter) is awesome, I have to ask. Have you ever made your own butter? If not, why? It’s so easy and there really is no reason not to make it at least once in your life. There is something so satisfying and soothing about making butter. Maybe it’s because it takes us back to a simpler time when life wasn’t so hectic, before computers, and Facebook, and blogs (oh my!). Or, maybe it’s just the satisfaction of making something on your own that you would normally buy at the store.

I don’t make homemade butter often, mainly because I don’t have access to good quality cream that does not cost an arm and a leg. I typically buy one of two brands – KerryGold or Tropical Traditions’ pastured butter (affiliate link). Both are grass-fed and excellent in taste. When compared with regular butter, even organic butter, grass-fed is so far superior, it’s hard to describe!

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Cultured vs. Sweet CreamButter

Now, cultured butter is a whole different animal when compared to sweet cream butter. I love both equally. Sweet cream is delicate, rich, and sweet. Cultured butter, on the other hand, is tart and tangy, giving that piece of bread a little extra zip in the mornings. Cultured butter is much more popular in Europe than it is here in the States. The only brand that I know of that makes cultured, European-style butter is Organic Valley. Some specialty shops and local health food stores will sometimes sell cultured butter, but it’s definitely harder to find, so that’s why we usually have to resort to making our own.

Don’t get intimidated! Making your own at home is so easy. It only takes two ingredients and a little bit of time. So, let’s get started, shall we?

For further reading, check out Butter IS Better: The Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Butter and The Saturated Fat Myth: Eat More Butter (and Coconut Oil)!

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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