20 minutes makes a better butter

I’ve been reading a few more crunchy blogs lately and have been inspired to expand upon my own crunchiness by making my own butter. Crunchy Chicken made it sound easy peasy on her other blog Crunchy Chicken Cooks, and my friend Julie also tried it with much success, so I decided we should have a go at it ourselves.

All you need to make your own butter is:

  1. A pint of heavy whipping cream
  2. A Mason jar with a lid

Then shake, shake, shake your way to delicious fresh butter.

Before:
Cream

The helpers shake it up:
Ava making butter - 2/9/08 Julian making butter 2/9/08

After:
The finished product - butter!

And on some homemade blueberry bread (made with the buttermilk that is leftover from making the butter):
Blueberry bread with fresh butter

I’d never had fresh butter before, but it really is delicious! :)

We speculate that the cream we got from our local dairy was not heavy whipping cream because it actually took us longer than 20 minutes to make the butter. The first time I thought it was because we let the kids help, but the second time I did most of the shaking myself and it still took a lot longer than 20 minutes. I think the next time I’m just going to pick up a pint of organic heavy whipping cream at the store.

You can read the full step by step instructions with pictures on Crunchy Chicken’s cooking blog. The last step that is optional (and that she did not include) is to add some salt to it if you prefer salted butter.

Next up for the Crunchy Domestic Goddess is making yogurt! I just need to get myself a candy thermometer and then I’m all over it. :)

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37 thoughts on “20 minutes makes a better butter

  1. I cheated and made mine with my hand blender! Then used the buttermilk to make pancakes. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!! So good!

  2. I love that you are taking the time to rediscover the “homemade arts” with your children! At http://www.greenbabyguide.com we are similarly obsessed with making all sorts of things from scratch. We are currently twiddling with using natural ingredients to create color washes for dyed Easter eggs.

  3. This sounds like a great activity to do with kids! I’m passing this on to my DH, who stays home with our toddlers, and the homeschooling crowd that I am friends with – who could make a great science lesson out of this, and probably a nutrition lesson as well!

  4. Thanks for posting this. Will definitely try this. I’ve made butter (by accident) before, but never knew the full instructions. Fantastic!

  5. Found you through the Ultimate Blog Party.

    Did you let your cream sit on the counter for a bit to warm up before shaking? That might decrease the time it takes. (We made butter here just a couple of weeks ago – fun and yummy!)

  6. We make honey butter when we go to reenactments. The children, while they are sitting around the campfire, take turns passing around the Mason jar of cream and shaking it.

    There is nothing like fresh butter. Mmmmm.

  7. I will have to try this! I’m in the middle of making the pumpkin black bean soup and it smells so good so far. Thanks again!

  8. Ooh that looks like a great idea! Fun for the kids to be able to join in too. I will definitely give this a go.

    I’ve made some yogurt cheese before, some savory and some sweet. it’s easy peasy with greek style yogurt, just add the ingredients (sweetner, ginger, vanilla etc for sweet cheese, or chives etc for savory) , place in a cloth in a sieve and leave it overnight. I *think* that was all there was to it. I haven’t done it in a while. hehe. I loved the sweet stuff though for spreading or for dodding on top of grilled pineapple. Mmmmmmm I’m tellin ya.

  9. This looks so “doable”! We’ve just finished reading Farmer Boy and my daughter’s been obsessed with wanting to churn butter like the Ingalls and the Wilders. We’ll have to give this a shot. Thanks!

  10. Unless you’re having fun doing it by hand in the jar, definitely use your stand mixer! I’ve done it several times with the regular beater (not the whisk) and it is so yummy.

  11. I have wanted to make butter since… well, since before my little one was born. I’ve thought about it and forgotten about it, but now you’ve inspired me! I’m picking up some heavy cream this weekend to make some butter. :D

    Funnily, this reminded me of the time my mother “accidentally” made butter when I was a kid. She was trying to make whipped cream. Guess butter is just over-whipped cream. LOL

  12. Oh, and how cool to be dubbed Eco Diva!! Congrats on yet another exciting writing opportunity. Looking forwad to following you there :-)

  13. We made the butter! It was fun and yummy! But then I was trying to demonstrate how sticky and solid the butter was and I dropped it all over the carpet in the living room. Sigh. Not so much fun. Lots of shaking gone to waste.

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