THRIVE Life Butter Powder.....check it out!
Honestly, I have never tried powered butter (that I know of), until I became a TL Independent Consultant. Now I can't seem to keep it stocked in my house. We find so many uses for it. (And when I do expo's it is one of the first items to sale out, so I am not the only one who likes it.) Powder butter is one of those staples that can be used for emergency preparedness and everyday convenience. What household doesn't need butter at some point, it can be used for baking, cooking, toppings or a creamy spread. I would rather have butter on hand that lasts years instead of months.
What is Butter Powder?
It is a powder that smells amazing when you pop the lid, it can be used to replace butter in a 1-1 substitution in most baking recipes. It has a 5 year shelf life in an unopened can and 9 months once opened.
How to use Butter Powder?
Different consultants and customers recommend different directions on how to use this product. Everyone has their own preferences, so I recommend you just experiment with the product to achieve your personal taste. But here are some recommendations to try.......
1. 1 - 1 substitution: If you have a recipe that calls for 1 cup of butter, you would substitute that with 1 cup of powdered butter and 1 cup of water. Do not mix them together first. It normally works best to add the butter powder in with the dry ingredients, and the water in with the wet ingredients in your recipe.
2. Slightly higher ratio than 1-1. So use 1 1/2 cups if it calls for 1 cup.
Experiment with your recipes and see which way you prefer. And remember what works for one may not for another depending on elevation difference.
Tip: For recipes that call for “soft” butter, a ratio of 1 cup powder to 1 T. water works well.....or it will be to watery.
Does Butter Powder effect my recipes differently than butter?
Yes, your baked good will turn out lighter and fluffier. It most cases this is great!
How to use Butter Powder for a spread.
If you reconstitute according to the directions on the can, you will find that the butter is too runny to use for a good spreadable butter. I prefer just adding some powder to a bowl and then slowly begin adding water and mixing until the desired consistency and the refrigerate till cold. Or you can try using 1 T. butter powder, 1 tsp. water, 1 tsp. oil, and a dash of salt or sugar (depending on how you prefer your butter).
Con's of Butter Powder!
1. Unable to Fry with butter powder, even if you add a small bit of oil. It does not melt in the same way
that regular butter melts. (Your food will just stick to the pan)
2. Price vs. store bought butter. Unless you purchase by the case, then it is about equal in price.
Pro's of Butter Powder!
3. Shelf life 5 years vs. store bought of 3 - 5 months
4. Since you are preparing as you need, the butter powder doesn't absorb orders like store bought.
5. Advantage of being creative - different flavors of butter....yum yum..
So what do I do with all the butter powder my family consumes.
1. Use to cook with in casseroles, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, sauces, puddings, creamed soups, gravy and many other recipes
2. Sprinkle it on top of popcorn......yum....
3. Butter sauce on top of steamed / cooked veggies....add a little water in your sauce pan with some butter powder. When you do, the water turns the butter into a "butter sauce" and pour over your veggies.
4. Butter spread....mix your butter spread to your desired consistency and then add your favorite Thrive fruit...(powder from the bottom of the can or grind a few pieces into powder) and mix in to the spread.....
Peach flavored butter is our favorite at the moment, but you could do strawberry butter, raspberry butter, honey butter, blueberry butter the combinations are endless.
5. French toast dip - butter spread and blend with whole egg powder and milk.
6. Camping - no worry about refrigerating, you mix only what you need when you need it.
These are just a few of the things we use butter powder for at the Dickerson house.
This is the nutritional facts from the back of the can or from the Thrive Life site, on Butter Powder.
Serving Size 1 tsp (2g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from fat 10% Daily Value*
Total Fat grams 1.5 g 2%
Saturated Fat 1 g 4%
Trans Fat Grams 0 g 0%
Cholesterol mg 5 mg 2%
Sodium mg 15 mg 1%
Carbohydrate grams 0 g 0%
Dietary Fiber grams 0 g 0%
Sugars gram 0 g
Protein grams 0 g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs
Calories 2000 2500
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto color), nonfat milk solids, sodium
caseinate and disodium phosphate. CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE (pouches excluded)
I did a bit of quick research with a few different types of butter to see the nutritional values.......
TL Butter 5mg / 1 tsp. 15g (source TL)
Salted Butter 11mg / 1 tsp. 29g (source USDA)
Unsalted Butter 11mg / 1 tsp. 1g (source USDA)
Land o Lakes salted 30mg / 1 tbsp. 85g (source Land o lakes)
Land o Lakes unsalted 30mg/1 tbsp. 0g (source Land o lakes)
So there is a difference in values between the brands, compare Thrive Life butter powder to your own personal butter choice to compare the difference in Cholesterol and Sodium.
As for price comparison....
Land O’Lakes Butter
Select Varieties, 15-16 oz. $2.49 EA. per Kroger sales flyer in Indiana 11/19/13 = $2.49/lb. of butter
1 lb of butter = 2 cups of butter
Pantry Can: About 3.5 cups powder or 2.5 cups fresh equivalent.
Current TL price $9.99 (11 / 2013) so $3.996 / cup or $1.998 per 1/2 cup fresh
so TL butter $7.99 vs. Land o lake $2.49
#10 Can: About 12 cups powder or 9 cups fresh equivalent.
Current TL price $24.29 (11/ 2013) so $2.698888888888889 / cup fresh
so TL butter price $5.40 vs. Land o lake $2.49
Case: Six #10 cans (72 cups powder or 54 cups fresh equivalent). Save an additional 5% when you purchase it in a case
Current TL price $138.39 (11/2013) so $2.562777777777778 / cup fresh
so TL butter price $2.56 vs. Land o lake $2.49 on sale at Kroger
So if one purchased TL butter by the case of #10 cans it would be pretty much the same price as buying from the store (and if you purchased the butter powder when on sale in the Q if would cost even less)
The advantage to TL butter is the shelf life of 5 years unopened. How many of you realize that store bought butter has an expiration date? Yes store bought Butter does go bad! I have just always followed the printed expiration date..... but after doing some research for this article the consensus is unopened Unsalted butter has a shelf life of around 2 - 3 months refrigerated because it contains no preservatives. And unopened salted butter has a shelf life 3 - 5 months because the salt acts as a preservative. Even if you place the butter in the freezer it is only good 4 - 9 months past the printed date.
And another store bought butter tip: Butter absorbs flavors so it should be stored away from any strong odors and in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Check your butter's freshness by cutting off a small slice. If the outside is a darker color than the inside, the butter has oxidized and should be replaced. If all else fails, check the date on the wrapper.