Smoked Butter

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Butter, a wholesome simple food, it couldn’t be simpler to make, no additives just basic stuff, now how can that be bad for you?

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Step 1: Start With High Fat Cream

First separate the Cream from the Milk, if you are lucky enough to have access to real, un-messed with milk then good for you!

But most of us separate cream from milk by selecting the right carton from the supermarket chiller. And here is where you need to take your reading glasses, thickened cream usually has something like gelatine added, Pouring cream will have 15-35% butter fat, “Double” (or “Heavy”) cream gets up around 45% butter fat, read the label! For making Butter it’s the high Butter Fat content that you want

Step 2: Smoke the Cream

Pour your cream into a shallow dish, I add a bay leaf, some mixed herbs, a little pepper and a dried Ancho (remove the stalk) but you don't have to, I just like the extra flavour kick.

Place the dish in your smoker and cold smoke for a couple of hours, stir the cream halfway through.

I use a cup of wood pellets in my Weber Kettle, this will give me two hours of cold smoke.

Step 3: Churn the Cream

Remove the bay leaf and chilli (if using) from the Cream

Pour the cream into a food processor or mixer.

Whip the cream like you would for whipped cream, but keep going past the whipped cream point but pay attention, you want to catch it when it just separates or “breaks”. It’ll get messy when this happens, so if you use a mixer, put the guard on, or cover it in plastic so you don’t have to wash your kitchen down!

You can see in the last photo how the globules of butter separate from the buttermilk

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Step 4: Wash the Butter

Pour off the Buttermilk (keep it, this is crazy good for making pancakes!)

Residual buttermilk in the butter will turn it rancid in a matter of days, so it's essential to remove all the buttermilk you can, by washing the butter in ice cold water.

Clump the butter globules together squeezing out all the buttermilk you can.

Place your clump of butter into a container of icy cold water and work the butter by squeezing it underwater to force the buttermilk out.

Repeat this process with fresh water two or three times, until the water is no longer cloudy

Step 5: Salt the Butter

You don't have to salt the butter but it will help it keep.

Just massage a teaspoon of salt into your butter.

I use a Sushi Mat to form the butter into logs which I then wrap in greaseproof paper for storage

Step 6: Enjoy YourButter

Nothing left to do now but enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Cook a good steak and drop a dollop of the smoked butter on top!

MMmmmm!

Step 7: Video Tutorial

If you have the time, watch the Video Tutorial

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    jeanniel1

    4 weeks ago

    At first I thought you were going to just add liquid smoke, or melt the butter and burn it a bit (like brown butter). This is more fun. There are some neat butter churners that you can put the cream in the a mason jar, and the lid has a knob and arm that you turn to make it into butter. Pour off the buttermilk like you have and go from there. Fun! Thanks for sharing this cool flavor

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    UrbanGrillerstrimarc

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I used a bay leaf, some mixed herbs, a little pepper and a dried Ancho chilli.
    We have an Italian Mixed Herb in a jar.
    More often I'll make it without any additives, just the smoked cream.
    Try making it without herbs the first time, then decide if you want to include herb or not. Tarragon and Star Anise both work well with smoke....don't be afraid to experiment.

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    Jobar007

    4 weeks ago

    I was wondering how you would smoke a stick of butter without it melting, but it seems that you went straight to the source! Great idea that I'm going to try out this winter.

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    UrbanGrillerJobar007

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    You can smoke blocks of butter but you need refrigerated smoker...and then you are just smoking the outside. Making butter from smoked cream gives you flavour all the way through.