Culinary Fun Fact: Does adding oil to butter keep it from burning?

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You often hear this advice in many cookbooks and from a good number of chefs to add oil to butter to keep it from burning in a hot pan and allowing it to be heated to a higher temperature, it just isn’t true.

What causes butter to burn is the protein it contains, the milk solids, and unless these proteins are removed, they will burn, regardless of whether or not oil is combined with the butter.

If you wish to cook butter at a higher temperature use clarified butter.  It’s truly that simple.

 

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