Homemade Butter

Do you know just how easy it is to make your own butter?  EASY!  You don’t even need one of those old fashioned butter churners or live on a farm. I got my husband this butter kit for Christmas, thinking it would be involved and it is actually really simple. We have been making our own butter for a few months now.

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All you need is heavy cream, a jar with a lid, and salt if you want salted butter.

 

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Poor the cream into the jar and screw the lid on verrrrry tightly. *Important – make sure your cream is room temperature! It’s very hard to make cold cream into butter.

 

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Then shake. And shake. And shake some more! You want to shake until the milk fat has come together, you will hear the cream sound less liquid-y and come together as a solid. This process of shaking will take between 10 and 20 minutes.

 

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Once you hear the solid, open your jar and pour off the liquid. The liquid is buttermilk so save it and make biscuits or pancakes with it.

 

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Put the milk solid into a bowl and pour very cold water over it and massage the butter to help get the rest of the buttermilk out.

 

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Once you feel as much of the buttermilk is squeezed out as you can get, put it into a tupperware container (or something similar) and add 1/2 tsp of salt and fold it in. *Note, at this point you could also fold in other herbs or seasonings to make a flavored butter. Cinnamon sugar, herbs de Provence…

 

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Chill the butter overnight and serve on toast, corn on the cob, whatever you like to put butter on.  Enjoy your fresh butter!

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