DIY Flavoured Butters: Thoughtful & Eco-Conscious Gift
Looking for the ultimate thoughtful and eco-conscious DIY gift?
Did we mention low-cost and fast? Say hello to DIY flavoured butters! Perfect for sandwiches, eggs, steak and more!
We are almost at the height of the holiday season. The air is crisp with frost and there is a persistent feeling of urgency and pressure as the gift-giving season grows nearer. Left to right, people are scrambling to burn through their Holiday to-gift lists.
Starting to fill up your Christmas tree with gifts for loved ones too? We have a tip for you: the best gifts are still the ones that you create. Nothing spells sincerity and well wishes more than a Holiday gift that you have labored for. Not to mention, you’ll save serious bucks this Holiday too!
So, how about creating your very own flavored butter to give away as gifts? After all, everybody loves a good homemade, well-flavored butter. This can be a thoughtful gift to foodies and picky eaters alike--perfect as a steak compound.
Don’t know where to begin in creating a DIY flavored butter?
All you need is about 10 minutes to prepare these tasty gifts. To help you, we have outlined 3 recipes for this simple DIY holiday gift for you.
Charred Scallion Butter
Add the smoky flavor of scallion to your gift using the steps and recipe below. This will be an instant hit that is perfect for corn, sandwiches, fried with eggs, or topped on steak.
Get the following items ready for your Charred Scallion Butter:
2 bunches of scallion, trimmed and halved crosswise
2 teaspoons of lime zest, finely grated
2 sticks of organic butter
The first thing you need to do is to heat up your cast iron skillet. Then, as it starts to heat up, add in your trimmed and halved scallions and saute it. To keep sides from burning, make sure that you occasionally turn them. Do this for around 8 to 10 minutes, or until the color is evenly black. Pour the scallions over a chopping board and wait for it to cool. Once you can tolerate the heat, chop the scallions coarsely.Add in your lime juice or zest and chopped scallions in a mixing bowl and blend it in with your salt and pepper.Mix in your organic butter--and you’re done!
Garlic Sage Butter
Looking for a last-minute gift? This option can be done in just a matter of five minutes. This is great to make with scrambled eggs for a filling and tasty breakfast.
Get the following items ready for your Garlic Sage Butter:
Half a cup of organic butter
8-10 sage leaves, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic
½ teaspoon of salt
Instructions for making Garlic Sage Butter:
The first thing you need to do is to mix in all of the ingredients in a food processor or chop finely by hand.
With everything in, you can pulse it at a steadily for 2 minutes. Now all you have to do is to chill the butter, and you’re done!
Smoked Garlic & Thyme Butter
This is a great complement to your steak, or use as butter for your sandwich. All you have to do is to follow the simple recipe we have outlined for you below.
Get the following items ready for your Smoked Garlic & Thyme Butter:
2 small garlic hearts, separated and peeled EVOO for cover
Half a cup of unsalted, organic butter
1 tablespoon of thyme, freshly minced
The first thing you need to do is to coat your saucepan with EVOO. Once that’s done, add in your garlic cloves, and then cover them with more EVOO. Do this at a low simmer for about half an hour, or until the cloves are nice and golden. Once that is done, scoop the garlic out into a bowl and mash it into a puree.Add your organic butter into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add in your garlic puree, your thyme, and your salt.Blend the ingredients together, adding more salt for taste. Once everything is ready, roll your mixture into a log. Put this into your refrigerator to firm it up.
How To Store and Wrap Your Flavoured Butters
Once you have them prepared you do need to wrap them up for storage and/or gift-giving. Yes, you can freeze them for up to six months if you double Ziploc bag them.
First, you need to learn to roll your butter. It's super easy.
We then recommend that you locate an empty paper towel roll or toilet paper roll. Slice the empty roll vertically and wrap it around your wax paper butter roll for protection and also to make it easier to wrap for give-giving.
Now you are ready to wrap it, pretty.
And there you have it--three recipes that you can follow for your very own DIY flavored butter. You’ll never run out of ideas on where to add these seasoned butter to. These will be an instant heat to your family and loved ones, for sure.
You can give these away as gifts, or serve them up during Holiday dinners and brunch!
Ready to try these out before you give them away? Follow the recipe down to the letter, or add in your own twist! You know the palate of the people you’ll be giving these to anyway. Do let us know how the recipe went--we love hearing feedback!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tara O'Doherty is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of voxie. She's a global award-winning strategist, marketer, designer, author, speaker and educator who lives in Toronto, Canada with her two fat dogs. She is best known for her SickKids VS digital work which resulted in numerous global awards and helped secure over $700 million dollars in donations for the hospital. She is also the former co-Founder and CPO of JADEO and x-VP of Experience Strategy at Cossette Communications, and currently the VP of Design and UX at Akendi.