There are simple joys in life – and I just found another one. Homemade Butter. Yep, I know, it is simple, but there is something so amazing about creating it yourself and watching your kids’ eyes light up as they also create this buttery-masterpiece. I was inspired by this recipe from Crunchy Betty – and realized that even I could do that! Plus, I knew that it a perfect recipe to have my kids try, and after hearing from several teacher-friends that they actually did this same experiment with baby food jars, I figured, that we would try it out.
What You Will Need to Make Homemade Butter
So, I went to the store to buy the only ingredient you need for butter: Heavy Whipping Cream (of course I recommend Organic). Don’t buy ultra-pasteurized because it won’t work. The butter and buttermilk don’t separate properly and then you’ll just be disappointed. Then make sure you have something to mix or “churn” your butter. I opted for my Kitchen Aid mixer, because let’s face it – that appliance makes this (and most everything else) in the kitchen easier.
Let your kids get some energy out – and shake away. Make sure the lid is on tight!
You can also use a mixer or blender or even a jar. In my son’s case, I gave him a baby food jar so he could “shake, shake, shake”. I filled his jar a little less than half way full of cream (I did add more after I took this picture).
Directions for Homemade Butter
Now this is the fun part – pour your cream into your mixing apparatus and turn it on (or start shaking as in my son’s case).
Leave it mixing for about 5 minutes.
It will be tempting to keep watching your mixing cream, but really it takes a few minutes, so you can do something else (like get your 3 year old a snack, as in my case)
Want a bite?
You’ll make whipped cream (yum!) at one point, and it may be tempting to stop and taste it – especially if you have fresh strawberries on hand, like we did. :) But once you get all the tastes and are ready for the real treat, turn your mixer back on. Now, my son, who was still shaking through all of this, did make butter first. It was funny because suddenly we heard a “plop” instead of just a “slush” in his jar. As we opened it, we saw the butter and the liquid around it – Buttermilk!
Isn’t that little butter cute?
Once the butter forms in your mixer – and even though it felt like an eternity until mine did, really I think it was a max of 7 minutes total – you’ll be able to separate the butter from the buttermilk. You can squish all the butter together on the side of the bowl (or jar) and pour out the buttermilk.
Look at all the work my mixer did!
Once you save your buttermilk, take out your butter and put it in ice cold water to rise the buttermilk. If you have a cheesecloth, you can also put the butter in it to squeeze out the liquid. Getting out excess buttermilk will allow you to keep your butter longer. Add salt to your butter if you desire.
Make the water as cold as you can handle to squeeze out the excess liquid.
And that’s it! Enjoy your fresh made butter on some fresh buttermilk biscuits or pancakes – or in our case an English Muffin since my son couldn’t wait for the biscuits to be done!
Fresh and delicious homemade butter on an English Muffin.
Not only is this simple, but it is super easy, so if you haven’t tried this at least once, I recommend you try it. Get the kids involved – and make some yummy bread, muffins, or biscuits to lather your melt-in-your-mouth-fresh butter on. So, tell me, have you made homemade butter? What flavors have you added? Any other tips to add? If you liked this post, don’t forget to Pin It