This is basically a tutorial on how to whip hard butters without heat.
(This is for Shea Butter that comes in hard chunks. If you have the kind that comes in a paste like consistency, then yes, I know you can just whip it no problem.)
This doesn't take any longer than if you do use heat, but it does take a lot more elbow grease.
|2oz each of Cocoa Butter (chips) Mango Butter (white colored) and Shea Butter (cream colored)|
Anyway the method of no heat is pretty simple. The idea came up into my head from watching how the women of Ghana knead the Shea butter they make.
First you scrape. I scrape with a bamboo spoon. It's that simple. You can see in the below picture I just scrape along the edge of the butter and the softened bits of butter paste collect along the sides of the spoon. Easy.
If you are like me, and have Cocoa Butter in chips, then fear not. All you have to do is take the chips, and mix them with a bit of the butter paste (just enough to act as a sort of gluey base), then you mash!
Yes, all you have to do is scrape and mash.
This is a good arm workout, if you do it my way and just use a spoon. If you don't want to, a potato masher works splendidly, and though I don't own one, I imagine a mortar and pestle would definitely suffice (probably the best tools for this method).
Keep mashing the mixture until it looks like mashed potatoes, this helps smooth it out. Make sure there are no chunks! Then all that's left is to whip it.
It whips up easily. The above is after only a few minutes of whipping. So while the scraping and mashing take a while depending on your arm strength, the whipping is very fast. This is opposite of the heat method, in which it melts in just a few minutes, but takes a long while to whip up.
Let me know if this helped you out!