I Can’t Believe Its Butter

I always wanted to be Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. She wasn’t as smart as Mary and not as cute as Carrie, but she was happy being Laura. Always grinning and up for fun with her sisters or Pa. The contented middle daughter. A bit like yours truly.

We made butter last week. Twice. Three different kinds.

butter varieties

Prairie living dreams come true for this Laura Ingalls wannabe.  The kids had fun too.  I mean, we made butter, and then we ate it a lot of different ways. It’s hard not to like.

I know.  Many more amazing things have been created since the Prairie days. Space shuttles, iPhones, Rainbow Loom.  I can’t make those things but I can make butter.

And you can too.

how to make butter

Really, that’s it. Homemade Butter in 5 Minutes.

I read about a zillion variations and fancy tweaks to this recipe on-line, but this simple recipe we learned during family day at The Fells, a historic estate and conservation area in New Hampshire, worked just right and FAST!

DIY Butter

1. Buy a quart of heavy cream. Whipping cream may work, milk might work, but so far I’ve only tried heavy cream.

2. Leave the cream out on the counter (scary, I know) for 11 hours.

3. Fill a 12 ounce glass jar with about a cup of cream (leave some room at the top) and close the jar tight. Then shake.  Let the kids shake it until they get tired. They can even roll the jar gently on a soft surface. After a few minutes, you will feel and see the cream thickening, eventually to a solid ball of butter.

4.  Place in a colander, reserving the buttermilk in a separate container.  Mix in any additions you like (we added honey and cinnamon to one batch, sea salt to another).

5. Rinse under cold water to wash away any remaining cream.

You may also press it in between waxed paper to squeeze out any cream, and if you want REALLY perfect butter (with no little droplets of cream remaining), you can then put your butter in a blender. We did not take these extra steps.  Do you think the Ingalls girls had waxed paper? And have you ever cleaned butter out of a blender?

Ours came out just fine.

butter trio

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