How to Make Butter at Home
Homemade butter is an easy and delicious recipe that you can make at home. Plus, it’s a great activity to do with kids!
Making homemade butter is an excellent way to reuse leftover cream from recipes. Plus, it’s much healthier for you than store-bought butter!
1. Pour Cream into a Mason Jar
Mason jars are one of the most useful kitchen tools. Not only do they store items neatly, but they’re also perfect for mixing ingredients or even making homemade butter!
When cream is placed into a jar and shaken, the fat molecules in the heavy cream begin to separate from the liquid, creating butter. This process may take up to 10 minutes but depends on several factors.
This homemade butter is ideal for spreading on crackers, bread and muffins; you can also flavor it with salt, honey, cinnamon or other flavorings to create delicious gourmet snacks.
Your recipe may differ, depending on the ingredients used; however, making homemade butter is a fun project that benefits both you and the environment. Plus, it’s more cost-effective than purchasing grass-fed butter which is free from preservatives and organic. And it’s an ideal opportunity to involve your family in this time-honored tradition!
2. Shake the Jar
Making homemade butter can be an enjoyable and educational experience for all ages. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover cream that may be in the refrigerator.
Once the heavy whipping cream has been added to a jar, shake vigorously for several minutes. After some time has elapsed you should start noticing that the cream thickens and doesn’t move around as much.
When this occurs, it’s usually an indication that the cream has solidified and begun to bind together into butter. This process may take anywhere from five to twenty minutes depending on how cold the cream is and how hard you shake it.
Butter can be used in baking or spread on crackers, bread or any other food item. You can flavor it with herbs, garlic and other spices for extra taste. Alternatively, you can prepare this in advance and freeze it so you have it on hand for future uses.
3. Remove the Buttermilk
Buttermilk is a must-have for baking and drinking! Not only is it simple to make, but it also tastes divine!
For optimal homemade butter and buttermilk, culture your cream before churning (more on this below). This step is definitely worth taking!
Once your Mason Jar is filled with cream, screw on the lid securely. Shake the jar back and forth for several minutes until the mixture thickens and turns into whipped cream.
Continue to shake until a solid lump of butterfat has separated from the sloshing buttermilk. At this point, stop churning.
Once the butter has been churned, rinse it with cold water to eliminate as much buttermilk as possible. Doing this helps protect the butter from going rancid quickly and spoiling.
4. Press the Butter
Butter presses were once an integral part of the dairy-making process. Farmers used them to mark their butter with unique trademarks, helping consumers determine the quality and consistency of their product and ensure they received something truly exceptional.
Wooden butter bowls were often carved from wood or glass with cows or fleur-de-lis designs, while glass ones featured unique patterns specific to each farm and region. By collecting butters with unique patterns that could be identified by farm and region, people could quickly and easily select the finest butter available on the market.
Molding butter requires a mold that is flexible and easy to remove. A mold that’s too rigid or has too many undercuts will make it harder to extract the butter, while one with shallow impressions on its surface will also prove challenging to fill completely.