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Browned Butter
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1 cup (2 sticks) Land O Lakes® Butter

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cut butter into small evenly-sized pieces. Place into light-colored, heavy-duty 10-inch skillet or 1-quart saucepan.

  2. STEP 2

    Melt butter over medium heat. Swirl butter in pan or stir occasionally to make sure butter cooks evenly.

  3. STEP 3

    As butter melts, it will begin to foam. Watch butter closely. The color will progress from a bright yellow to a golden tan, then quickly to a deep golden brown.

  4. STEP 4

    When you smell a nutty aroma, butter is deep golden brown and browned milk solids appear in bottom of pan, take pan off the heat. Immediately transfer browned butter to heat-proof bowl.

  5. STEP 5

    Once browned butter is cool to room temperature, transfer to glass container with tight-fitting lid. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Tip #1

Brown butter can be made with either salted or unsalted butter. Most often it is made with unsalted.

Tip #2

To strain or not to strain? The brown bits add lots of flavor to browned butter. Straining may be preferred if making a sauce to serve over pasta.

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