Personally, I have not been very good at homemade food. To me, time is short and already prepared food works well with our schedule. Lately though, I have found a new love for homemade. Starting homemade butter, muffins, bread and dinner from scratch is not so bad. The process is healthier and my time has to be managed well to have a homemade dinner.
My family loves butter. The kids love to make dishes and try new recipes. Since we have so much free time at home, and currently are not able to get out to buy butter, we have decided to try a homemade butter recipe.
Our homemade butter needs to have salt, so there have been a few tweaks to the recipe including salt.
Mason jar with a secure lid
Time and patience
Step one: Fill the mason jar half full of the heavy cream.
Step two: Put the lid on the mason jar and shake for 20 min. Hard shaking where the cream is hitting the top and bottom. This recipe involves physical exercise with the arms. If homemade butter is made frequently, then the shaking part should get easier. At first, it will be tiresome. This part was a little harder than I thought. Each of us did get a good arm workout because we rotated between adults and kids. After 10 min, I had to sit the jar down and take a break. But off and of for 20 min, one of us would pick up the jar and shake it. Finally, we made butter!
Step 3: Open the lid and check the consistency. It should be thick with buttermilk as a liquid. Separate the buttermilk into another container. The buttermilk can be used in another recipe.
Step 4: Pour the homemade butter into a deep bowl. Over the top pour a small amount of cold water. Pick the butter up and mold into a ball. Juice should escape into the bowl. Dump the bowl and pour more cold water over the butter. Repeat this process several times the water that needs to be dumped is clear.
Step 5: Place the butter in a dish and enjoy with dinner.
This homemade butter turned out really good. It was sweet, not bitter, smooth and went well on bread and muffins.