Yup, I made butter. While my husband loves margarine and veggie oil spreads, I am a true butter lover. After reading up on it and realizing just how easy it was I decided it was time to make my own. I took a couple of pictures to show you. All you need is heavy cream or heavy whipping cream and some salt. Most recipes use a stand mixer but I don’t have one yet so I used my hand mixer to do it. It does take a bit more work but it was no problem.
First I put my cream in a large mixing bowl.
If you are trying this, make sure you have a bowl at least twice the size of the cream you put in. It puffs up when it goes through the whipped cream stage. Start it on low so you don’t splash everywhere. After just a minute or so I turned it up to full speed. Then it starts to get fluffy like this:
Keep going and it will start to deflate, turn a faint yellow and look almost grainy.
After about 10 minutes total it turns into butter. You will know this happens when the butter chunks up and it separates from the buttermilk. There will be an obvious change and your mixer will start splashing buttermilk all over the place. I recommend turning your mixer speed down and letting it go for another minute or so to separate as much as you can. After you are done, make sure you drain all of the buttermilk out of your butter. Then take your bowl of butter and rinse (yes rinse) it in cold water until the water runs clear. Poke at it with a rubber spatula or plastic spoon repeatedly to squeeze the buttermilk out. It is imperative that you do this. If you leave the buttermilk in it the butter will go bad much faster. Now just let it dry out in a fine strainer or cheesecloth and salt it to taste. Make sure to seal it in an airtight container and keep refrigerated since it is natural butter without preservatives.
My final result:
You can make it light and airy by whipping it some more or add other flavors like honey and vanilla or cinnamon. Well that is what I did this morning. What are you baking or cooking today?
In other news I got this beautiful tag at Hearts Enchanted that I am just crazy about:
Well I am off to do other things, have a great day.