Thursday, June 25, 2009

Butter Experiment

Since last Friday, my car has been in the shop to get some body work done.  Hence, I have been without a car since then.  I have been bored out of my mind as a result.  I'd rather be at work being productive.  Well, in any case, my sisters visited yesterday and I made my homemade pizza which they LOVED!  (I love it when people go back for seconds ^_^) They also chauffeured me around to pick up some groceries.  Since I knew I was going to be car-less for another day, I bought a tiny container of heavy cream.  To keep myself entertained I figured I'd try to make butter.

Basically, fill a mason jar half full with heavy cream that is at room temperature.  If it's cold, this whole process will take a lot longer.  Shake until the contents seize up and you have a mass of butter sloshing around in buttermilk.  For me, this took about 15-20 minutes of shaking.  Place the mason jar contents in a small bowl.  Drain off the buttermilk.  Store it in another mason jar and use it in pancakes or biscuits or whatever.  Rinse off the remaining butter until the water runs clear.  This makes sure that all the buttermilk is removed from the butter.  Any small amount of buttermilk will cause the butter to spoil.  Add salt or other seasonings (garlic powder, paprika.....) at the point.  Make sure it is well mixed.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge or place on wax paper, roll into logs and freeze for later use.  

Anywho, this was a fun experiment.  If I were a SAHM I'd maybe try to do this on a regular basis but between a full time job and starting school in August, I don't think I'll have time to make my own butter.

Besides the good arm workout, the butter was DELICIOUS!  I highly recommend trying this at least once. 



Lori said...

We get fresh raw milk all the time and I make butter every single week. I'm really tickled to see that you've tried doing this. You're so right about making sure you rinse all the buttermilk out of the butter or it will turn RANK quickly. YUCK! Try mixing a little honey in with your butter next time. It's very good. :)
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Taryn said...

Wow- sounds great! Does it have to be raw? or can I just get it at the store and try this?

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