Be One with Butter: How to Make it at Home
There’s no better time than the present to embrace your inner butter lover and (literally) whip up some homemade butter. Once you make it, you’ll never buy butter from the dairy aisle again. Just choose how you're going to whip it and get creative for buttery good time.
NOTE: 2 cups of cream will produce 1 (½ cup) stick of butter and 1 cup of buttermilk
In a Jar
Pour cream into a 64-ounce mason jar. Shake until the contents of the jar slosh back and forth, about 10-12mins. Separate the butter solids from the buttermilk.
In a Food Processor/Blender
Pour cream in a food processor or blender and process until the butter solids separate from the liquid. Remove the butter solids from the buttermilk.
In a Mixer
Pour cream in the mixer bowl and whip until the butter solids separate from the liquid. Remove the butter solids from the buttermilk.
To assure a longer shelf life, massage the butter solids in a bowl of ice water to remove any remaining buttermilk. Change the water as needed, working the butter until the water remains clear.
Bring the Flavor in your Butter
Of course, add salt, but also try these other seasoning combinations.
Spicy & Sweet
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix cayenne and honey into softened butter. Toss with hot roasted vegetables, like carrots, squash, or turnips.
1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix all ingredients into softened butter. Use on top of warm cakes, to poach pears, or spread on freshly baked bread.
1 tablespoon finely chopped sage
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Mix herbs into softened butter. Use under the skin of a chicken/turkey or on top of a steak, dot on top of stuffing, or stir into mashed potatoes.
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