Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Homemade Butter

Every once in a while I'll use a recipe that calls for whipping cream, but I always end up throwing away the leftovers.  I doubt I'll ever do that again!  I stumbled across this blog Live, Learn, Love and my kids and I learned how to make our own butter.  I definitely had my doubts on how it would taste, but it got such rave reviews by my kids, we ended up making another batch the next day.


Supplies:
-Jar or small container (we used a baby food jar)
-Whipping cream
-Salt
-Marble (this is not necessary)


Directions:
Clean your baby food jar, then fill with whipping cream 1/3 of the way full.  As you can see in the photo above, I added a marble to the jar.  However, my daughter shook it too vigorously and her marble ended up puncturing a hole through the glass, causing a big mess.  After speaking to a few people, they told me they've never made butter using a marble, so we omitted this the next day when we made some more. It only added a few more minutes to the process, and definitely omitted the nervousness I had of the glass breaking again. 


Add a pinch of salt.  You can omit this step if you want unsalted butter.


Put the lid on securely and start shaking away.



And shake some more...until you get really tired and then have mom take over. =)  It took a good 10-15 minutes of shaking.  



Shake until the fat in the cream lumps together and the whey (milk serum) has separated itself from the fat.



Drain the whey, put the lid back on and shake it a few more times to make sure you've gotten all the whey out.


Here's the delicious butter that we made:


The kids loved it!  I decided to look up how to make honey butter, and added a tiny bit of honey, cinnamon and vanilla to the butter.  Delicious!!