As part of my on-going adventure to include my kids in crafting, and in an effort to help prevent Summer Boredom, I decided to try a really fun crafty experiment that involved food! Yum! We LOVE crafting with food or creating yummy treats at our house but I decided to actually break out of our normal sweet food and go for something a little more savory. We decided to make our own Homemade Butter: using nothing but our own strength and a jar! (well and a few ingredients too of course!)
When I heard you could make your own butter, all I could picture was a large old fashioned wooden churn...and I was just mystified. I had soooo many questions rushing through my head including why would I want to do that, where would I get a churn, do I have to buy one or can I rent one, and oh man my husband is not going to be happy about having to store a churn. My husband is very very sweet and supportive of my crafting and design craziness, but a churn would take it to a whole new level!
Thankfully, I found a great blog post from Plucky Momo on making your own butter with a jar. Oh. I have one of those!!
You Will Need:
- heavy cream (as much as you want, the more cream, the more butter you will make!)
- pinch of salt (optional)
- jar or other tight sealing container
So following the instructions on her blog post I took my heavy cream and poured it into my jar with a pinch of salt. (For some reason a glass jar worried me a bit so I used a freezer jam jar). Added my marble.
And we shook.
And we shook.
And after about 15 minutes of shaking...my jar started to look like this.
And after another 5 minutes of shaking or so...I had BUTTER! Well, sort of...
I looked inside and part of it definitely had gotten thicker, and there was a separate liquid and solid part, but it didn't quite look like butter.
So I squeezed it together using a spoon to try to get the butter to stick together.
It worked, but not quite well enough. So I used my (clean) hands and squeezed it together over a sink so that the excess liquid would come out and the butter would meld together.
And then it looked like butter!
If you put it in the fridge for a bit, it will harden up just a bit more and will be the texture, consistency and taste of butter! YUMMY!
Who knew making butter was so easy?! And I got a bicep workout in the process 🙂