Brown Butter In 4 Quick Steps

By heating up your normal butter, you’re evaporating the water, lightly cooking the solids, and leaving behind something even more flavorful. The best thing is that brown butter is easily made at home.

How to Brown Butter 
  1. Cut your butter into smaller pieces. Tablespoons work best. Keep them similar sized so they melt at the same rate.
  2. Put the butter into a light colored saucepan. If you use a different kind of saucepan it will still work, but you might not be able to see the browning process to know when your butter is done.
  3. Turn the stovetop on to medium and stir your butter as it melts. You’ll notice that once it’s entirely melted it will start to bubble and foam. Keep stirring.
  4. Once your butter is a light, caramel color, remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter into a heatproof bowl immediately so it doesn’t continue cooking. On top of changing color, the butter will also start to smell like toasted nuts.
That’s it! You can use it right away or store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use it in both sweet and savory dishes, or even just whip it up with your normal butter to make a great spread for rolls!
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