August 03, 2022

Homemade Butter - got extra whipping cream? Make butter using just a mason jar


Homemade butter!  I make this once in a while but with the cost of whipping cream being what it is, I'm not really saving money to make it myself so I just buy it.  However, sometimes I have extra whipping cream leftover from other recipes and making homemade butter is one of the ways I use it up.  It will take about 10 minutes or so and use nothing more than your leftover whipping cream (heavy cream) and a glass jar with a lid.

Homemade Butter
(It's actually just home-shaken butter....)

Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount but it's best if you have at least 3/4 of a cup

Place the cream in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Start to shake it.
Continue to shake it.
Keep shaking it.
It will turn thick, then will blend together to form whipped cream.
Keep shaking it.
Just when you are thinking you are bored and 'done' and there are other things you could be doing right now....
You'll hear it separate!  You'll hear the sloshing sound of liquid and a little thump of solid butter!
Open the container and you now have buttermilk and butter.
Remove the solid butter. Use the buttermilk for any other use (ranch dressing or bread!) or just drink it if you like buttermilk.
Add about 1/2 cup ice cold water to a bowl of butter and knead the butter a bit, working out the excess liquid - a cloudy, watery liquid.
If you want to add salt at this time go ahead and add a little dash to taste (amount depends on how much butter you made.)  Pour off the excess liquid and use your homemade butter!

That's it!  You made butter.

whipping cream in a jar
That awesome sloshing sound you've been waiting for that means your butter has separated from the liquid and you have made butter!

Open the jar and see your butter!
Poured out into a bowl.  Drain it and add your ice water to knead it and work it a bit to get out excess buttermilk liquid.



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