Money Saving Tip: How to Make Homemade Butter
Have you made homemade butter yet? Chances are, you may have tried this as a kid – but somewhere along the line we forget about this simple (and I mean, VERY simple) and quick recipe. If you haven’t tried this yet, make sure you do. It really should be on everyone’s bucket list. Yes, it is THAT good.
Plus, this is such a fun project with kids. Not only does it help them learn about how an everyday product is made, it also helps keep them busy for a little while, which is perfect when they are home from school! If you have older kids, you can have them make fresh muffins or bread, too, to go along with the homemade butter.
What You Need to Make Homemade Butter:
- Heavy Whipping Cream (I recommend organic) – don’t buy ultra-pasteurized though because it won’t separate correctly
- A mixing apparatus – I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, which works perfectly, but any other mixer or blender should work as well. You can also use a jar with a tight lid (like a baby food jar – perfect for kids).
Now this is the fun part! Pour your cream into the mixing bowl, blender or jar (fill a little less than half full of cream into the jar). Turn on your mixer (or have the kids start shaking!).
Let it mix for about 5 minutes.
At some point, you’ll make whipped cream, and it will be tempting to stop and taste it (especially if you have some fresh berries on hand), but make sure you turn the mixer back on to complete your butter.
Once the butter forms in your mixer – (took a max of 7 minutes total for me) – you’ll be able to separate the butter from the buttermilk. You can squish all the butter together on the side of the bowl (or jar) and pour out the buttermilk.
Once you save your buttermilk, take out your butter and put it in ice cold water to rise the buttermilk. If you have a cheesecloth, you can also put the butter in it to squeeze out the liquid. Getting out excess buttermilk will allow you to keep your butter longer. Add salt to your butter if you desire.
And that’s it! Enjoy your fresh made butter on some fresh buttermilk biscuits or pancakes – or in our case an English muffin since my son couldn’t wait for the biscuits to be done!
Have you made homemade butter before? How did it turn out? What flavors have you tried to mix in?