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Friday, August 14

How To Make Homemade Butter

If the early American pioneers knew how easy things were for us today, they would probably hate us. Case in point: making your own butter. It is SO easy. It only takes about 10 minutes. The difference in taste is noticeable compared to buying butter at the supermarket. You will never want to buy butter again. As a bonus, you get homemade buttermilk. Yummy! Try this, and you will not regret it!

All you need is heavy cream and a stand mixer or hand mixer. That's it! You can use any amount of cream. 1 pint of cream makes 1 cup of butter (about 2 sticks) and 1 cup of buttermilk.

Start by pouring your cream into a COLD mixing bowl. I like to put my bowl in the freezer for about 5 minutes before I make the butter.

Turn the mixer on medium-high and just let it go. First you will see the cream form peaks. If you want whipped cream, stop right here.

It will get thicker and become stiff. Keep mixing!

The cream will start to get lumpy and take on a light yellow color. You're almost there.

The cream will break down and begin splashing around in the bowl. At this point, you may need to turn the speed down on the mixer to keep from making a huge mess. You will be able to see clumps of butter in the liquid.

Once the butter forms, stop the blender.

Pour the contents of the mixing bowl through a fine strainer to separate the butter and the buttermilk. Save the liquid (that's the buttermilk), and use it for pancakes tomorrow. Squeeze the butter in your hands or cheesecloth to get all the liquid out.

You're done. Wrap your cute little butter ball in plastic wrap and stick it in the refrigerator. Try to use it up within the next week or two.

The possibilities are endless with this butter. You can easily mix in honey, salt, garlic, or any other spice you can think of to make a delicious flavored butter. The best time to add something would be when you are squeezing out the liquid.


Marlin Muskie said...

Great site, Lisa....I've already learned a lot of stuff I didn't know I wanted to know. Keep up the good work!

Katrina said...

Awesome! I accidentally made butter once. It tasted good! Have you baked with it? Does it make good cookies and such. Just wondering.

Lisa said...

I actually made some pancakes with it this morning, and it worked perfectly. Everything you can do with real butter, you can do with this (because it is real butter). :)

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