Sunday I was looking online for a buttermilk substitute for a recipe I was making. In the process of searching, I found this interesting link about how to make butter. Since I planned to make bread with my girls the next day, I decided we could try this too. (Did you see our Turtle Bread yesterday? Mmm.) It was really easy and the butter was the best I’ve ever tasted. Fresh butter is the best, really.
Here is what we did:
Since there were four of us, I filled four little mason jars with heavy cream. We should have only filled them half way, so we ended up pouring some out after I took this picture. Live and learn.
Take the jars and start shaking. Shake, shake, shake.
Keep shaking even when you feel like stopping.
The jar is full of whipped cream and then suddenly a few seconds later, you realize it has become butter. Don’t give up! (Below: whipped cream on left, butter on right.)
The first sign that there is butter inside is a window will appear to see the butter in the jar.
After all the jars became butter, I poured them out into a strainer, catching the buttermilk below. I’m going to make some killer pancakes this week with that buttermilk!
I tried to drain all the buttermilk out of the butter, then I mixed in some salt.
Of course, we tried our fresh butter immediately on our green turtle bread. It was AH-mazing!
We are using the leftover butter with popcorn for a movie night planned this week. Life is good!
My favorite child saying from this experience was “how amazing that we could make butter from milk”. Sometimes I forget what my kids don’t know yet.
Have you ever made homemade butter? Do you think you might try?
Everything is better with butter,