Browned butter fiasco (curdled butter?!)

I was browning butter to make salted brown butter rice krispie treats, and had waaaay too many issues.

The first time I tried browning the butter, just when it was getting to the point where I needed to watch it closely, I sneezed, and in the time it took me to recover from that, it was burned instead of browned. Ok, no big. Annoying, but it happens.

Then, I clean out the pot and try again. This time, the butter CURDLED! Has this happened to anyone before? What causes it? The pot was clean and dry. I doubt the butter itself was bad, since I put it in the freezer right after I bought it.

Luckily, the third time was the charm.

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