Saturday, February 16, 2013

Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter


1 quart Heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (optional)


In a large mixing bowl, pour in heavy cream and whip! I always start out at a lower setting so that the cream doesn't splatter all over the place. Once it begins to thicken, I will then begin to raise the speed.

As the cream thickens, it will first become the consistency of whipped cream. Keep going!

You can now see that the whipped cream in the photo below has begun to become a little more granular and has passed the whipped cream stage. Keep going!

When you begin to see the buttermilk separating from the butter you can stop the whipping process.

In a large bowl fitted with a strainer, begin to pour in the liquid and the butter into the strainer.

You do want your bowl large enough so that the strainer doesn't sit in the liquid.

With the butter in the strainer, begin to knead the butter with your fingers to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Once all the liquid is removed, you can then add the kosher salt. Start out with 1/2 tsp and if you need more you can always add a pinch more at a time to taste. Knead until the butter comes together as you can see below.

One quart of heavy cream will yield approx. 12 1/2 ounces. 

OPTIONAL: Immediately toast a slice of bread and spread with your butter!!!

The buttermilk you have left over (which is not cultured like you buy in the store) will yield approx. 1 pint and can be used in all sorts of recipes from pancakes to biscuits to scones.


Colleen said...

Home made butter!! Oh my! I don't think I could do that. Looks good tho. Thanks for sharing! :)

Firecracker Kid said...

That looks yummy! We should all learn to do this, just in case you know. Forget all that processed food.


Angie Berry said...

I remember living on this as I was growing up. I loved to turn the handle on the old churn but I wanted store bought butter and milk like my friends had... why did we have to have homemade?? Crazy, huh! I've not had homemade butter since then, I should try this sometime. Oh, and I keep trying to get the old butter churn from my parents but they won't let me have it, lol!

Taylor Kay said...

Ooo I will have to tell my mom about this one! She likes making homemade things. I am not much of a cooker/baker/maker-of-food. Haha! If I'm in the kitchen, it's usually a disaster area by the time I'm done. ;)

By the way, I am having a 100th Post Giveaway on my blog if you wanted to pop over and enter to win one of my knitted hats! Would love to hear from you! :)

Taylor Kay