Dried Butter? I never knew there was such a thing!

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In an Earlier post a reader suggested that Actually, the only dried foods people need are dairy products (milk, butter, etc.).

Is there such a thing as dried butter? How can this be? I thought that butter was about 100% fat. (no water) If there is such a thing, how do you reconstitute it, and what is the shelf life?

Thanks, Berry.

-- Berry (BerryPicking@yahoo.com), February 02, 1999


Berry, I can't give you advice on the powdered butter because I don't know much about it and decided not to go that route although I will buy several containers of Molly McButter to sprinkle on a butter flavor where needed.

In Stevens book Making the Best of Basics he says butter can be kept 1 yr. if melted enough to separate the whey from the pure butterfat. Pour off the fat and seal in sterile canning jars (1/2 pints) for pantry storage. I will keep mine in the cellar. Plan to heat the lids in hot water so as to get a good seal on the jars too. He mentions the remaining whey can be refrigerated and used in cooking, so no waste. I will stock up on butter when it goes on sale and keep it in the freezer then later in the year will do as he suggests.

I hope this helps you some. I was going to buy some of the powdered products but they were very expensive. Maybe others have suggestions that are even better! Good luck. Mary

-- Mary (doesnotmatter@thistime.com), February 03, 1999.

What did Marlon Brando do???

-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), February 03, 1999.

The Adventure Foods catalogue (adventurefoods.com) not only has powdered butter, it has powdered sour cream, cream cheese, dehydrated grated cheese, lemon juice, and other good stuff too. Can't think of the rest offhand, but I've tried much of their stuff, including the cheese, and it's surprisingly good. These folks are very friendly; their business is supplying backpackers in the NC mountains--and Everest expeditions as well. Service is fast. Prices are not rock-bottom but you can buy in any quantity from about half a pound up. Purchases arrive in sealed, reusable ziplock bags. Oh, and the nutritional info at the site includes diabetic exchanges. Cookbooks for powdered foods are available. Highly recommended.

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), February 03, 1999.

Yup, my post. You can buy butter or margarine, you can buy powdered eggs, powered cheese (even cheddar), peanut butter, sour cream, and a bunch of products of this nature. Hey, if you're going to store wheat you might as well have the products you need to bake some good stuff, right?

-- De (dealton@concentric.net), February 03, 1999.

Butter can be canned... Put 3 or 4 quarters of butter into a quart jar, cover with salt water. This salt water should have been boiled and cooled. It should also have enough salt in it to have an egg flowt(-5sp) on the top. Cover the butter to overflowing the jar and put jar lid on go and tight. Most sailers use this method, and if kept in a cool dark storage area, will keep butter for at least a year.

-- Carlie (carlie_scott@yahoo.com), February 03, 1999.

try making "clarified butter" like chefs use. a good all-purpose cookbook should tell you how.

-- jocelyne slough (jonslough@tln.net), February 03, 1999.

Good one, Andy.

-- Vic (Roadrunner@compliant.com), February 03, 1999.

Another site to check out for powdered anything is

-- shivermetimbers (zerodegrees@brrrr.com), February 03, 1999.

Was trying my first link and messed up. One more time.....


-- shivermetimbers (
zerodegrees@brrrr.com), February 03, 1999.

Geesh, 3rd time is hopefully a charm! Correct link:

Millenium 3 Foods

-- shivermetimbers (zerodegrees@brrrr.com), February 03, 1999.

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