Grate Butter: This is the BEST way to super flaky and tender baked goods. Many recipes will have you incorporate butter by rubbing it in with your hands or using a pastry blender, but grating in butter will incorporate the fat into the dry goods evenly and quickly.
Grate Butter | Why and When
When should I grate butter?
Why grate butter versus using a pastry blender or my hands?
First, grating butter is very fast! You simply rub a stick of chilled onto a box cheese grate. It normally takes under 5 minutes.
A box cheese grater can also be used for other purpose, such as grating hard veggies and fruits like zucchini, apple, potato, and carrot. A pastry blender has one main purpose, blending in butter.
Shreds of butter are even and uniform. When the baked good is in the oven, the butter is evenly distributed. Your baked goodie will become super flaky and tender.
Do I need chilled for frozen butter?
Either! Just make sure it is cold, not soft or room temperature.
Where do I buy a box cheese grater?
Discount retailers, food shops, or online. Browse some here.
Just make sure it stands straight up.
Steps | To Grate Butter
- First, make sure you have chilled butter.
- Place the standing box cheese grater on a cutting board. Put one hand over the top to hold it still.
- Now, move the butter stick up and down in your other hands. You can do this quickly! Butter shreds will come out inside of the cheese grater.
- Clumps of butter may appear inside and outside on the box cheese grater. This is normal! Stop and lightly dust your hands with all purpose flour. Now, rub the clumps of butter off the grater.
- Repeat and keep on grating the butter. Tapping the box cheese grater on the cutting board throughout the grating process helps remove the shredded butter from the inside.
- Ta-da! Done! The grated butter is ready for use.
How Do You: Grate Butter | For Flaky Baked GoodsDifficulty: Easy
1 stick chilled butter
All purpose flour, for dusting
- Place a standing box cheese grater on a cutting board. In one hand, hold the grater. In the other hand, hold the butter stick.
- Move the butter up and down. This will create grated butter.
- Clumps of butter may appear inside or outside of the grater. This is normal! Lightly dust your hands with all purpose flour. Rub the clumps off the grater.
- Keep on grating until all the butter is grated. Now, it is ready for use!
- Grated butter is needed when butter needs to incorporated into dry ingredients. You will see this in pie crusts, biscuits, and scones.
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