Sunday, January 10, 2010

Butter Homemade!

My favorite friend came over yesterday, bringing with her a fun recipe for making homemade butter with the kids. The recipe is incredible easy and very, very fun. I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids or us. We used the buttermilk to make Buttermilk bread.
I hope you give it a try. It is so much fun. If you don’t want to use the jar method as we did with the kids, you can use your mixer instead. We used the mixer on the other half of our quart and it worked the same, although not as much fun.

Recipe from Emeril Lagasse

  • 1 pint heavy cream, very cold
  • Pinch salt, optional

video

Directions

Find a large jar with a tight-fitting lid that will hold the cream about half full. Refrigerate the jar for at least 1 hour. Pour the cream into the cold jar. Tightly secure the lid and shake as hard as possible until chunks of butter start to form, 15 to 30 minutes. Pour into a strainer set over a bowl. The chunks in the strainer are butter, and the liquid in the bowl is buttermilk.

Pour the buttermilk into a clean container, cover, refrigerate, and reserve for another use. Turn the butter into a clean bowl and cover with very cold water. Pour into a strainer, discarding the liquid. Continue rinsing the butter with very cold water until the water runs clear. (The cloudy water is buttermilk which will make the butter turn sour.) When the butter is clean, work with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to press out any remaining liquid. Discard this liquid. If desired, add salt to the butter. (Salted butter will keep longer.)

Transfer the butter to a clean container for keeping, pressing with a wooden spoon or spatula to dispel any air bubbles. Refrigerate until ready to use.

20 comments:

Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

Looks like fun! And a lot of work!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh its so cool how you get your kids in the kitchen and make stuff would love a clip for chop and chatter Love Rebecca

Claudia said...

I have turned cream into butter - accidentally! But seriously - how fun for all involved - and I can imagine it is melty-rich-creamy-delicious!

Leslie said...

What a fun project for kids! I bet the butter tastes even better when you make it yourselves.

Peggy Clyde. said...

This is a fun activity. I did this with my first graders before I retired.

BMK said...

What a fun project!

Karen said...

My kids would love to do this! I happen to have some cream I need to use...fate.

George Gaston said...

What a fun thing to do with children! And it gives them a lesson in cooking, science and history...

Thanks for posting this recipe & idea. Your children did a terrific job, too.

Cheryl said...

I adore the video, your kids are soo cute. I am going to try this because I am a kid at heart, what a fun idea!

Juliana said...

Cassie, what a fun thing to do with the kids! They are sooooo cute :-)

Catherine said...

My mom used to make homemade butter, I've never tried it. I'm sure it's super delicious!

Talita said...

Wow! It's a keeper! I know, it's really simple but so yummy! I love homemade butter!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like your kids had such a great time --wonderful memories for them. I bet that butter was so good!

Martha said...

I think we made butter in grade school way back when! What a great idea to do with kids! And I bet the best butter!

♥peachkins♥ said...

what a great idea! Making homemade butter!

Sweet and Savory said...

You are one impressive lady.

Choclette said...

What fun indeed. I used to make butter this way when I was little from raw Jersey milk - happy days! Glad to see the skills aren't lost.

petite nyonya said...

Wow, this is SO SO interesting for me! I never knew we can make butter at home (unless of course one has a farm sort of thing). Thanks for enlightening me. Nice post!

Nancy said...

Wow I'm impressed! Looks like fun, and the butter looks very yummy too!

Gina P. said...

we have made butter a few times....it is really the best butter i've ever had. love the videos of your kids....getting so big!