What is Butter Powder and Why You Want to Add it to Your Stockpile
When we think of survival food and emergency rations, the last thing that comes to mind is taste and choices. This is one of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make when preparing for a long-term crisis or period of self-sufficiency. Food diversity, as long as it is nutritious, plays a huge role in enhancing your dietary options while also helping to make a difficult time easier to manage with some tasty meal options. Butter powder is one of the least-discussed items to incorporate into a stockpile, yet it can also be one of the nicest options to add to your list.
What is Butter Powder
Most butter powder products (yes, you have to buy them) contain primarily butter, buttermilk and dairy solids. It is primarily used in baking, and you can find cans or boxes in most grocery stores. However, you can also stock up in bulk and use it in lieu of butter for almost any recipe that comes to mind. It’s important to remember that butter powder is not the same as fresh or real butter, and it does not have the same consistency or taste once it is reconstituted with water.
Consequently, you probably won’t be able to use it as a spread, because it will be runny, and even if you make it really thick, it will not duplicate the flavor that you will most likely be expecting. That’s not to say that you won’t like it, rather that it will be a different taste entirely.
How to Use Butter Powder
As a general rule of thumb, all you need to do is replace real butter with the powder in recipes at a 1:1 ratio. That is, simply substitute the butter with the same amount of powder. However, it’s a good idea to add the powder in with your other dry ingredients before adding water. This will prevent it from clumping up or becoming unevenly-distributed in whatever recipe you’re making. Other than that, you’re only limited by your creativity as well as the foods items that you have on hand.
Just because you may not be able to bake or use the powder as a spread doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it with many of your other survival foods. For example, you can add some to canned vegetables as they are reheated. You can incorporate them into dehydrated potatoes or use them when mashing fresh ones. You can add them to pancakes or flat breads that can be made on a griddle over a fire. The possibilities are endless.
Just imagine how having access to delicious, buttery goodness can dramatically enhance any emergency or survival food stockpile. Remember, that while we may be relying on our supplies to get through a crisis, we don’t have to sacrifice on taste or choices in the process either. Take a closer look at butter powder and how it should be one item that you definitely want to consider having on hand.