Updated: Jun 13
Brown butter tastes like toffee without all the sugar! It's easy to make at home and is delicious atop many of your favorite carnivore foods, in sauces or baked goods, and more. It's my family's favorite carnivore style candy, plus it's beneficial for the skin!
What is brown butter?
Brown butter is melted butter with a nutty and bold flavor brought on my gently cooking it. Cooking the butter a little past its melting point causes the milk solids to brown and kicks up the flavor a notch.
What is grass-fed butter?
Grass-fed butter is a dairy product typically made from cow's milk. Butter is the fat from milk in solid form and it's made by churning milk until the butterfat is separated from the butter milk.
benefits of grass-fed butter for the skin
#1 More nutrient dense than regular butter
The diet of dairy cows can affect the nutritional value of the milk that they produce, as well as the butter made from it.
Grass-fed butter contains a higher proportion of healthy unsaturated fatty acids. It is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). We will discuss these further in more detail below.
It's also higher in Vitamin K2 which helps prevent calcification of our skin's elastin. Elastin is the protein that gives skin the ability to spring back, smoothing out lines and wrinkles.
#2 A great source of Vitamin A
Grass-fed butter is rich in Vitamin A which is an important fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin, meaning your body cannot make it, so it must be consumed through your diet.
Vitamin A helps speed up healing, prevents breakouts, supports the skin's immune system, and helps hydrate the skin giving it a radiant glow.
#3 Rich in beta carotene
Beta carotene is a beneficial compound that your body converts into Vitamin A. It's also a potent antioxidant which helps defend your skin cells from potential damage.
Beta carotene is a potent anti-aging and anti-acne ingredient that is needed for the the upper and lower layers of the skin. Beta carotene helps stimulate cell regeneration and collagen productions, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin texture, and reduces acne.
#4 Contains vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is a fat soluble vitamin that may help prevent wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging. Due to its collagen promoting and wound healing capabilities, vitamin K2 can help promote smoother skin and a more youthful glow.
#5 High in saturated and unsaturated fatty acids
Saturated fatty acids contain no double bond, can be synthesized by the body, and come from animal sources.
Grass-fed butter is high is saturated fat which helps prevent dry skin, inflammation, and premature aging. The cell membranes of our skin are made up of about 50% saturated fat, so eating fats that we are made of helps keeps our skin cells healthy and working properly.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fat which helps to regulate the skin's oil production, improve hydration, subdues breakouts, and minimizes the signs of aging.
#6 Contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a type of fat that is mainly found in animal meat and dairy products derived from ruminant animals like cows, sheep, and goats.
Grass-fed dairy products like butter are believed to be high in CLA. CLA has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for the skin, and has been shown to stimulate epidermal regeneration.
brown butter recipe
The only ingredient that you need for this recipe is grass-fed butter. When first trying this recipe you may only want to start with 1 stick until you get the hang of browning the butter because there is a risk of burning or over browning. Once you get the hang of it, you can increase the number of sticks of butter that you use. I typically use 2-3 sticks of salted butter. You can use salted or unsalted butter based on your preference.
1 stick grass-fed butter salted or unsalted
Anytime a recipe calls for melted butter, you can brown the butter to add an extra layer of flavor and richness.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the butter to the skillet.
Stir or whisk the butter frequently while it cooks. The butter will start to foam. Once the foaming subsides, carefully watch for light brown specks that will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter will start to have a nutty aroma.
Once the butter is browned, pour it into a measuring cup with a spout so it does not overcook. Then pour it into molds and place it in the freezer to solidify.
I like to store my brown butter in the freezer and eat them like candies. They are quite a treat and help to add extra fat into the diet. Have you made brown butter before? How do you like to incorporate it into your diet?