OK, it’s not like butta, it is butta baby! After reading that you can make butter at home on Design*Sponge, I have been wanting to try it for myself. When heavy cream made it on my grocery list for the lasagna rolls, I had my chance.
Once I was finished with painting for today, I broke out the cream and the instructions. I’m making treats for Easter tomorrow and needed some butter! I started with three simple ingredients: heavy cream, glass marbles and a glass jar.
The directions said to use one glass marble but since mine were so small, I added a couple more figuring it couldn’t hurt.
I used the whole pint (minus the quarter cup used in the lasagna).
As you can see, I started at 4:54 p.m. and was fairly suspicious (also I was in my painting scrubs so try to ignore my attire). Then you just shake the jar until it magically turns into butter.
Clearly, jar shaking is an extremely flattering and easy job. The instructions I read didn’t give a time but I had heard that old-timey churns took hours so I had no idea how long I was going to last.
By this time, it was getting really difficult and tiring (ed. note–maybe don’t do this after two days of painting), so I opened the cap to check out my progress. This is what I saw:
I couldn’t believe it; it looked like a solid.
And, in just eight minutes! Truthfully, it might’ve been done sooner and I just didn’t realize it. I really was committed to half an hour or so. I’m SO glad that wasn’t the case.
The next part threw me since it looked like it was reversing. You can see in the picture above how much room it takes in the jar. Then it turned to this:
I thought I did something wrong, but after going back to the directions, I realized it was just settling. It was time to head to the kitchen and strain out the settled milk–buttermilk.
I know the name says so, but I never thought before about how buttermilk was made. I put a mini strainer over a piece of Tupperware.
All the milk, and there was quite a bit, was caught in the Tupperware.
Once the milk was out of the Tupperware container, I plopped the butter out of the strainer into it. As I was flattening it out to get the last of the milk, I hit something hard:
Ha! So, I dug out the marbles to live to shake another day.
By 5:30 p.m. I had one cup of buttermilk, one cup of butter and a fun experience. I made blueberry muffins and can’t wait to have them with my butter for breakfast. I’ve heard you can add anything from lavender to honey to cinnamon. There will be a butter making round two.
Hope you enjoyed your Saturday! Did you try anything new? Has anyone else tried butter, or other homemade staples?