LIPIDTHIX AND RICE BRAN OIL = RICE BRAN BUTTER?
80% rice bran oil
Measure out each ingredient into a heatproof container, like a Pyrex jug, and put into a double boiler. Heat until melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Then mix.
Here's my problem with this process - it caused grains. As you can see from the picture, it looks like there are tiny beads in the butter. And it didn't feel very nice on my skin - the grains definitely got in the way of the skin feel!
So I tried it again. Only this time I cooled it very quickly by putting it in the freezer. My logic was that when we want to get rid of grains in something like shea butter, we heat it up, then put it in the freezer so the various fatty acids cool quickly instead of leaving them out on the counter to cool slowly. It works with chocolate and it works with shea butter, so it should work with my rice bran oil - Lipidthix combination.
Attempt number two - heated to 70˚C, held for 20 minutes, then into the freezer for about 20 minutes. Results? Awesome! I have a smoother rice bran butter than the grainy attempt one. I like the feel of this much better than the first one!
I think I need to use more - 75% oil and 25% for the rice bran oil as it isn't so much a butter as Cool Whip. If we think of our butters as being something we have to work at to remove with a spoon from a container, this is more like a light and airy pudding than a whipped butter.
As a note, your mileage may vary! It was a very warm day when I tried this - around 28˚C/82˚F - so my room temperature was well above room temperature. You will probably get different results in my workshop in the winter when the water in my double boiler freezes!
Why do we heat and hold when we don't have water? Because I want to ensure that every ingredient is heated up to 70˚C and allowed to melt properly. If we heat our products in a microwave until they are melted or to a specific temperature, there are pockets of ingredients that might not have melted properly or might not be the same temperature as the rest of the product. If we heat and hold, we ensure that it is evenly heated and all ingredients are well melted. You can reduce the time slightly if you want, but I wouldn't go under 10 minutes after you reach 70˚C.
Join me tomorrow to see the 75% oil experiment!