Homemade Butter: How To Make Butter
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Have you ever made butter? If not you really should take a little time and learn how to make butter, it’s fun and so easy to do!
The first time I had fresh butter was back when we lived on our old farm. I had 2 goats but they had not freshened yet and a neighbour offered me some extra milk from her goats.
When I picked it up there was a good amount of cream that has separated so of course I had to try making some butter!
Wow was it ever good! If you want amazing tasting butter you just have to make it yourself.
How Butter Is Made
Butter is made from cream. When you have fresh whole milk just let the milk sit in the fridge overnight and skim off the cream that rises to the top the next day.
This cream has a high milk fat content and is perfect for turning into butter. If you agitate the cream it causes the membranes around the fat cells to break down and they stick together.
Agitating cream for a little while you will give you whipped cream, a little longer and you will have butter. If you want to learn more about the science behind how butter is made this is a great article.
Choosing Your Cream
If you’re making your own butter for health benefits it’s best to use raw cream from grass fed cows. If you don’t have access to organic grass fed raw milk (it’s illegal to sell here in Ontario boo! ) you can also make butter from organic whipping cream you can buy in most grocery stores.
If you want the best flavour defiantly stick with organic cream from grass fed cows. If you’re not looking for a real health boost and just want to try making your own butter you can use commercial whipping cream from the grocery store too, but it will taste just like the commercial butter you buy in the store.
Supplies To Make Butter
- I like to use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, you can also use a blender.
- 2 cups of whipping or raw cream 35%
- 1/8 tsp. Organic salt (optional)
- Fine screen strainer
- Wide spoon
How To Make Butter
Pour your cream into the mixing bowl of your stand mixer and place the lid on. I use a Bosch mixer that has a tight fitting lid, if yours doesn’t you can cover the top with a tea towel or use the blender instead.
Turn the mixer on to low, you don’t want to splash it to much. Once the cream starts to thicken you can turn it up to medium.
As the cream thickens it will first form whipped cream. Keep mixing and it will start to break down again. You need to watch it close at this stage.
When the butter clumps together and sticks to your whisk and the liquid has separated out it’s done.
Place your fine meshed strainer over a bowl and pour the butter mixture into it. The solids left in the strainer is your butter and the liquid is buttermilk.
Now if you’re going to use your butter up with in a day or two you can stop, but if you want your butter to last longer you need to wash the butter. Removing as much of the buttermilk as possible will keep the butter from going rancid quickly.
Place your butter into a bowl and cover it with cold water.
Using the back of a wide spoon, start pressing the butter against the side of the bowl. The water will start to get cloudy as the buttermilk is worked out of the butter.
Pour the water off and add more cold water. Repeat this 4-5 times or until the water stays clear.
If you want to make salted butter take 1/8 tsp. of salt and sprinkle it over top of your butter. Work it in gently with your spoon.
Now your done! Just place your homemade butter into a small crock or a butter mold and store in the fridge. The butter will last a week or two, freeze it if you want to keep it longer.
Easy Printable Homemade Butter Recipe
Would you like to learn how to keep butter in the fridge without it going hard? Check out this yummy spreadable butter recipe at Joyous Home
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