Making homemade butter is a lot easier than you might think. All you need is a jar with a lid, heavy whipping cream, salt, and a little patience. Pour one pint of heavy whipping cream into the jar and add ½ tsp. of salt. Put the lid on the jar and shake, shake, shake. Continue to shake the jar for 30 minutes or so.
I know what you’re thinking.
There must be a better way!
There is a better way! While the shake-a-jar method is a great activity for hyperactive children or people with too much time on their hands, it’s far too grueling.
An easier method is to use a stand mixer, hand mixer, food processor, or a blender. Unless you don’t have electricity, I suggest using one of these appliances. The entire process will take 10-15 minutes.
Pour one pint of heavy whipping cream and ½ tsp. of salt into the mixer and run it on high. First, it will become whipped cream. After about three minutes, the butter will break (clump). Continue to mix until the butterfat forms larger clumps. Pour the liquid from the butterfat. This liquid is buttermilk. You can save it and use it for baking. It makes great pancakes! Now, pour a little ice water into the butter and buttermilk mixture and mix it for about 30 seconds. Doing this will “clean” the butter and keep it from going sour. Then, dump the water. Repeat this process until the water is almost clear. You can skip the ice water washing if you plan to use the butter immediately. Knead the last of the water from the butter by hand. Don’t be a piggy. Please wash your hands first.
That’s it. You now have creamy, dreamy, homemade butter, not to mention soft hands.
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