Thursday, August 23, 2012

In the Kitchen 1- Making Butter

Making Butter is more simple then you are probably thinking. My first batch was made out of a  desperate need  on a holiday for recipe that called for unsalted butter. I didnt have any on hand but I almost always have heavy cream handy so decided to make a batch of butter myself rather then drive around trying to find a store open on a Holiday. You can use any HEAVY whipping cream. Buy it at the store , or buy it fresh from the farmers market. Today I am using the Walmart Brand Heavy Whipping cream to show you  it can be done!!
What you need--Heavy Whipping Cream at or about room temperature. (at least 65 degrees).  This is important as the colder the cream is the longer the Blending and breakdown take. A mixer ( stand mixer works perfect). I use the wire wisk for a part of the mixing, and then switch to the paddle blade later as its a real pain to get the butter out of that wire whisk later.
If you want salted Butter-- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
A pitcher of Ice water.

Ice water at the ready-- set it aside for now.

Start whipping the Cream.. This will take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes or so total.
Start at a slow speed until the cream has thickened some. Otherwise it will splash everywhere.

The cream at the "whipped cream stage"

Here you can see the cream is starting to break down and the butter is starting to form. This is where I switch to the Paddle blade.
At about a medium speed keep mixing. soon you will hear "sloshing" and see the buttermilk separating from the butter. 

Should look something like this.

Pour the Buttermilk off and set it aside. This is great for Pancakes, Biscuits , marinate chicken in it, salad dressings etc.. SSSOOOO many uses.. Google it!!

After the buttermilk is poured off it is important to rinse the Butter. Using the ice water, keep mixing the butter ( you can do this part by hand if you like) Until the water stays clear.
This is an important step.. The butter can spoil if you leave out this step.

Once the butter is rinsed you can add your salt. I add 1/4 teaspoon and mix it into the butter thoroughly.
Once the salt is mixed in, shape your butter into logs and wrap or you can just drop it into a container and seal. WAH LAH-- Homemade Butter...Takes about 20 minutes and your family will Love it.
Dont forget-- You can also use this Base to make compound butters.
Garlic butter, Herb butters, Lemon Butter, Honey Butter.
The list goes on... a personal favorite is too take about 1/2 cup of the UNSALTED butter, add 3 TBLS of Honey, 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla... mix it well and spread it on toast.. YUM!!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

This looks much easier than I imagined it to be!

Salem Witch Child said...

Is there a way to do this without an electric mixing bowl? We do not have one.

Lori said...

You can also use a hand held Mixer or a blender...There are also gadgets that you get to add to a mason jar.. google Butter churn for those...also there is a You tube video on blender butter..

Beadwright said...

Very nice Lori. My bread machine makes butter for me. I do like this rinsing of the butter though. Makes sense.