Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Making Butter

I saw this post earlier today. It seemed like a good idea at 7 am. Why not? The steps to butter making aren't difficult. The process of butter making requires blood, sweat and.... possibly a few tears. Once we finished and I stood proudly gazing at my fresh, HOME MADE butter, my 3 year old son's lip started to quiver. "But... Mom. Mommy. I. thought. *sniff sniff* We were making peanut butter! I wanted it to be peanut butter!" And then he ran away hysterical. One small tear rolled down my well-meaning cheek. You've GOT to be kidding me, kid.

Home Made Butter
makes 1/3 cup with a pint of heavy cream

1. Buy a container of Heavy Cream. Whatever size. My pint rendered us about a 1/3 cup of butter.
2. In a mason jar fitted tightly with a lid, shake the entirety of the cream well. This will take... forever. Once you have fun shaking and your arms get sore you can put the rest in a blender or use a stick blender like I did. Or just shake the jar until your arms fall off. Either way.
3. Once the cream looks like its starting to get firm, run to the sink and grab a sifter or strainer. I imagine cheese cloth would work also. Run some cold water over the cream, squeezing it tightly, until the water runs clear. I pushed the butter against the strainer for about 15 minutes.
4. Once the water runs clear- that's it! You actually have butter!

I've read that salt helps with the water process, but I wanted unsalted butter. Whichever you prefer.
*Take note of the pictures of the mess we made. Oh and the picture of my dear sweet littlest daughter who was confined to her high chair during this half hour long process. She earned her puffs this morning. Poor thing.

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