How to Use Butter Powder

by Stephanie Rempe ; Updated September 28, 2017

Substitute butter powder in various recipes that call for real butter.

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If you are tired of your butter or margarine spoiling before you ever get the chance to use it, add butter powder to your pantry. This fine, dry powder consists mostly of butter combined with milk solids with the minute amount of water in the butter taken out, creating a product with a shelf life of one year after opening to three years, unopened. Use butter powder with ease in many recipes, over vegetables and in baked goods.

As a Recipe Substitute

Heat 1/2 cup water on the stove to warm, not boiling. Alternatively, you can heat 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe cup for 30 seconds until warm or use hot tap water.

Place 1/2 cup butter powder in a mixing bowl.

Pour warm water over the butter powder. Stir until completely blended.

Add to a recipe that calls for one stick or 1/2 cup of butter.

As Flavoring

Plate a stack of warm pancakes. Place 1 tsp. of butter powder onto the pancakes. Spread the butter powder as it melts just as you would with real butter. The butter powder adds a milky flavor the pancakes.

Scoop 1 tsp. of butter powder, with a pinch of salt, onto steamed or boiled vegetables. The butter powder melts into a rich, buttery flavoring.

Add 1/8 tsp. of vegetable or olive oil to change the consistency and flavor of butter powder.


  • Substitute butter powder in most recipes by adding warm water to butter powder, generally in a one to one ratio. For instance, combine 1 tbsp. water with 1 tbsp. butter powder to make the equivalent amount of 1 tbsp. of butter in a recipe.

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About the Author

After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.