Creamy Keto Homemade Grass-Fed Butter
Grass-fed butter is a healthier alternative to regular butter since it comes from those cows that take a high-grass diet. Because of this, the grass-fed alternative is known to have stronger nutritional values, offering better health benefits.
Also known as pastured butter, grass-fed can be recognized easily by its distinguished, deep-yellow color and thicker texture. However, its another major attribute is its distinct and wholesome flavor.
If you are serious about consuming foods with the most nutritional value, you should consider grass-fed butter over commercial butter. Grass-fed butter can be pricy if purchased in the store. Often, a pint of grass-fed heavy cream is less expensive than a brick of grass-fed butter, like Kerrygold or Vital Farms.
Your best bet to ensure the best of price, taste and quality is to churn it at home and make mason jar butter. It allows you to adjust the quantity of buttermilk and salt according to your own preference. Churning homemade butter also means 100% preservative-free produce.
To learn more about grass-fed butter, its benefits, making it at home, and homemade butter benefits, read on.
Note that grass-fed butter is different from organic butter. While it comes organically from the cows, those cows are not essentially grass-fed. On the other hand, Irish butter is mostly grass-fed butter because it is made from grass-fed cow’s milk. Kerrygold butter is from Irish cows.
Benefits of Grass-fed Butter
The most important benefit of grass-fed butter is that it is more nutritious than its alternatives, including organic and grain-fed butter. The butter also contains more omega-3 fatty acids and CLA compared to grain-fed alternatives. And lastly, the pastured milk is also a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, K, and E.
Per serving, grass fed butter has 7g healthy saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, and delicious flavor. It is one of the healthiest products to add to your ketogenic diet. Raw grass-fed butter has absolutely zero carbs.
Benefits of Making Butter from Home
The best way to get access to healthy, 100% organic and preservative-free grass-fed butter is to make it at home. Homemade butter is not just healthier, but also proves to be cheaper in the long run. Above all, by making the mason jar butter at home, you can personalize and decide how it will taste – salted or unsalted, and more.
Is Buttermilk Keto Friendly?
Ah, the ultimate question! The answer is – yes.
Unless you are lactose intolerant or have sensitivity towards dairy products, buttermilk can be a part of your nutritional, ketogenic diet. Each ¼ cup of grass-fed buttermilk contains 3g carbs. Before you think that is way too many carbs, it’s not like you are drinking straight buttermilk. I use buttermilk in many recipes, only using 1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk for the entire recipe! Buttermilk adds a unique flavor and provides a necessary acidic component to help baked goods rise.
Some recipes that utilize buttermilk are:
Also, remember to store homemade buttermilk in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Tips to Make and Store Tasty Mason Jar Butter
The easiest way to make butter from home is to shake it in a 16 oz mason jar
. Most people have these at home. There are some butter churner that you can purchase that allow you to crank a handle than shake the jar. This butter churner by Kilner
is my favorite.
To ensure that you get the best out of this creamier and tastier butter, squeeze out excess buttermilk from it. You can do this by using hands, a cheesecloth, or butter paddles
. The process is easy and straightforward.
You can speed up the churning process by adding a marble to the mason jar. The stone will act as an agitator and allow the butter to churn faster.
Who said healthy means giving up the taste? The best advantage of making homemade butter is that you can make it taste as simple or flavorsome as you want. You can also add seasonings like basil, garlic powder, and thyme. It will add a preferred flavor, making it easier and more uplifting to follow the seemingly-tough keto diet.
How to Store Butter
The homemade butter that’s made with grass-fed milk has a shelf life of 3-5 days when stored at room temperature. The life extends to 7-10 days when it is stored in the refrigerator.