Monday, August 4, 2014

Homemade Butter in Jars

We bought this huge container of Heavy Whipping Cream at Costco a few weeks ago for Ben's birthday cake (costs about $4.50 there).  But, of course, we had a ton left over.  So this last week, we made a bunch of butter.  It is seriously the easiest thing ever, and it's a great science experiment for the kids (and grown ups).  Making your own butter this way will actually yield two things: butter and buttermilk.  We used our buttermilk to make buttermilk pancakes with a buttermilk syrup.

To start: All you need is heavy cream.  Fill a jar half full with the cream.  I gave each of my children their own jar.  We used glass, but if you are worried about them dropping it, you may want to use a plastic jar instead.  Tighten the lid on and then start shaking.  

If your kids get tired of shaking, tell them to dance with their jar!

After a few minutes, you'll first notice that the cream is not longer making noise when you shake it.  If you remove the lid to take a peek, you will notice that it looks like whipped cream (see above picture).  Keep on shaking!

A few minutes later, you'll hear a light "thump" as the butter suddenly appears and is separated from the buttermilk (see above picture).  How cool is that!?!  Shake a little while longer.  If you like your butter salted, add a little salt before your final shake.  We use unsalted butter, so we didn't add anything.

Strain the buttermilk away from the butter and store into a separate jar in the fridge.  SO easy, right?  This butter tastes great!  And with only 1 ingredient?  I love it even more.  My kids have asked to make butter a couple more times-they love it.  I usually have to help them shake the jar a bit, especially once the cream turns thick and it's harder to shake it, but it only takes about 5 minutes to make.  This would also be a great project to do when your kids are learning about cows, farm life, food, etc.

Have you ever made your own butter?  

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