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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Make Butter At Home!

Bear with me folks, we're hoping to get a good DSLR soon. But in the meantime, iPhone photos are going to have to do. 

The longer I'm in this healthy/natural/frugal living lifestyle, the more I learn that we have gotten so lazy!

There are so many things that used to be made by hand at home or by members of the community but now, everything is bought at the store, made in China. Simple, cheap things that take a very short amount of time to make/do. 


Like butter.  

Butter is incredibly easy to make! 

Let me show you. 


Buy some heavy cream and grab an empty salsa/spaghetti/jam jar from your stash in the cabinet. 

(What? I'm the only one who has one of those?) 

Organic and local is best but this was the best I could find. 

Let the cream sit out overnight or about 8-12 hours. Sounds weird but that's how we do it.


Fill the jar about halfway with cream and secure the lid VERY TIGHTLY. 

Be sure to adopt a steely look of intense concentration!

Now shake it like a Polaroid picture! And then keep shaking. 


We divided it equally into four old salsa jars because there were four of us makin' butta. 


After a couple of minutes you'll see butter start to form!! Keep shaking! 


Pour out the liquid. But not into the sink because that's pure buttermilk! Save that in another jar. 


Now you can really see the butter. At this point you may want to mush the butter around with a knife to really get the buttermilk out. You can even put a little water in the jar and shake for another little bit. You just want to be sure to get all the buttermilk out or else it causes the butter to spoil faster. 


Now that you're butter is done, flavor it! We kept one jar as just plain butter, which was delicious, a salted butter, and a honey butter. The four of us ended up devouring one jar of butter (it was maybe 6 tablespoons or so) on toast because it was so fresh and perfect! 

The jar on the right is full of the buttermilk we got out of it! That's a ton of butter AND buttermilk for the price of heavy cream. That's a good deal to me! 


And there you have it, delicious, fresh, creamy butter! I think next I'm going to try making homemade mayonnaise


Don't forget to save that buttermilk! I don't use buttermilk very often so I froze it in an ice cube tray so I have it when I need it. 

Fresh butter on homemade bread. YUM!

Enjoy!


For an awesome and in depth video to understand the science behind making butter, watch this video

What's something you prefer to make fresh at home? 

Till next time,
Catherine



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10 comments:

  1. I remember that my Mom used to make butter in the blender instead of in a jar (she was disabled, and couldn't shake a jar for a long time) - but I don't remember all the details.

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    1. I've seen that a food processor or blender works too! I'll have to try that method some time!

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  2. I love butter on toast but I have never tired making butter on my own. Maybe this coming Christmas, I will. I just hope it will come out as great as yours.

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    1. You should definitely try! It's easy and tastes so good!

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  3. This is such a neat idea. My husband and I have talked about trying it, but we definitely thought it would have been a lot more work. I'm excited to try this now.

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  4. Hey Catherine, did each of the four jars yield about 6 tablespoons? And how much honey did you put into the honey butter? Honey butter is one of my FAVORITE foods.

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    1. Yes each jar had about 6 tablespoons. That's just an estimate though, I didn't measure. I added maybe half a spoonful of honey so 1-2 teaspoons? It'd be awesome to whip up an entire batch of honey butter in a food processor to get it fluffy like in restaurants!

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  5. I had NO idea that this was soooo easy!!! I thought you'd have to churn it or something... so going to attempt this! Happy to be a new follower!

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    1. Yeah it's great! You should really try it! So glad to have you here! :)

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