Hit Counter

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homemade Butter

Happy Saturday to you!! I'm so glad today is Sat. because that means no schoolwork! We completed our first week. It's always hard to get back in the routine of school after summer vacation. Anyway, today Sam took the boys to mow the lawn at church, so I stayed home and folded some laundry and made some homemade butter with Amanda. You start out with heavy whipping cream. You pour it into a bowl that is bigger than what you think you need, because it gets pretty puffy when you are whipping it. I should have used a bigger bowl but didn't want to dirty another one after I realized it. Now that's lazy. Amanda started out with the whipping, but pretty soon her arms were tired and I took over. You just whip and whip. It usually takes about 10 - 15 minutes with the mixer on high.

See here how it has gotten fluffy? It's starting to thicken....

Here you can see its still getting thicker and has more texture to it.....If you stop here and add sugar you have some great whipped cream for your desserts.....

Then the fluffiness goes down and it still gets thicker.....

It begins to resemble cottage cheese, and you know you're getting close. Once it starts to change, it goes fast!

Suddenly, you have butter and buttermilk. All you have to do is kind of mush the butter together into a clump and pour off the milk.

I always save the buttermilk. It makes great biscuits and pancakes. If you use regular pancake mix, except use buttermilk instead of water, they get really fluffly. Bubba loves his pancakes that way!

Next, you have to rinse the butter with some ice water. Make sure the water is really cold. This helps the butter to clump together.
You just kind on knead the water into the butter, then pour the water down the drain. I usually do about 3 rinses. If you don't wash the milk out of your butter, it may cause it to spoil.

After you're done rinsing, form your butter into a ball and squeeze out all the liquid you can. Now you're done!! This homemade butter is really good on some fluffly homemade buttermilk biscuits! I've also used my butter to make chocolate chip cookies. That's Sam's favorite dessert!

If you want to see a video of making butter, just go to Youtube. That's where I learned how to make it. Thanks for stopping by today. Please be patient with me until I have time to stamp again. I'll get in the groove soon, I promise!

1 comment:

Aubrey said...

Good for you! Suddenly my arms were aching remembering the time I tried to make butter WITHOUT a mixer...yeah...no...we decided to stop at whipcream! ;)