2.25.2010

Friday Firsts: Homemade Butter

Friday Firsts / DinnerAtChristinas.com

I had some cream leftover from a cake I frosted a while back, I really needed to use it up. I didn't know what to do with it though, I don't make too much with cream in it. There was a time when I was all about using real cream in my coffee but now it tastes greasy to me.

I finally decided we should make butter with it. I washed out a jar, pulled out the cream and noticed it was outdated by two weeks. I smelled it and it smelled fine, so I went with it. The cream wasn't lumpy or moldy and it tasted fine, yes I stuck my finger in it. Most butters used to be made with slightly sour milk for maximum flavor. This wasn't sour by any means.

So we poured it in to the clean canning jar and got to work  shaking. I bet you could do it in food processor, easily. We I shook the cream for about 15-20 minutes checking every 5 minutes or so.



At first it looked looked like whipped cream, then it was lumpy and grainy. Eventually it was a mega lump of butter and some sweet butter milk. I put it in a bowl and pressed out any milk. We served our new butter with hot baked potatoes! If you plan to keep it for a while make sure you press out as much of the milk as possible.

You can use any amount of cream you happen to have on hand and you'll get about half as much butter as cream you start with. The butter milk is sweet and good to drink, too.

Peace and Love,




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16 comments:

  1. It was very yummy. And the buttermilk was quite good as well, not really buttermilk as I'm used to, more milk with a buttery edge.

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  2. interesting! i have a jar o cream in my fridge ive been wondering what to do as its gone past its used by date but like urs it doesnt smell or taste bad... i think i will give it a go!

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  3. Very interesting. I know they ALWAYS say on the various food network shows that if you whip cream too long (with electric mixer) it will turn to butter, but I wasn't sure if that was true or not. Good to know.

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  4. SO cool!!! Especially cool that you made it by hand, too!!

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  5. Wow butter. that is great you could use it.. Yeah..

    Have a great weekend.

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  6. My family and I have made it both ways, by hand and with a food processor. We originally found the suggestion in a kids science book for fun projects you could do at home!

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  7. Holy cow! You *made* butter?! I am beyond impressed What an awesome idea and I'll bet it was fantastic. You're an inspiration, Laura. :)

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  8. Oh MY God! I am so freaking impressed!!! Laura that looks fantastic and the picture makes me want to grab some warm bread to shmear the butter on! It's just gleaming and beautiful!! How cool!

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  9. Nice job!!! Nothing like homemade butter. I'll have to try doing that one time. I just need to get me some cream first.

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  10. I've made homemade butter before but it was completly on accident :-) I'l have to do it again on purpose, salt it and slther it on some warm crusty bread. yum!

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  11. My son did this in kindergarten. They all had a blast! What a fun family project.

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  12. Mmmm that sounds good. What great fresh butter. I've always been fascinated by the idea of making butter but never done anything with it. What do you use to squeeze out the milk, cheesecloth?

    Of course when I have leftover cream, I always find some dessert to make that requires it. Silly me.

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  13. That's a cool idea. I have some cream sitting in the fridge now.

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  14. Wow... that's impressive. It looks yummy! Easily spreadable?

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