Butter: Homemade butter: How to…

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I’m not gonna lie; I kinda felt like a magician. Just for a moment. It was so cool…I mean after all, I MADE BUTTER! How awesome is that? I’ve never made butter before. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was afraid. Perhaps I thought it would be too hard. And worse, maybe, I’d fail at it. There was always an excuse; I will do it on the weekend, next week, after… I decided no more saying later…It was time. Β What I found out…Making butter is easier than I thought! You know how you felt after knowing how a trick was done? Almost like the “magic” had gone out of it…well, this is NOT the case! The magic was still there. I knew how the trick was done and it’s was still incredible! “I MADE BUTTER!”

This is how I did it…

I used a 1/2 quart–(a pint) or (2 cups) of whipping cream. Bought from the store. (Next time I will make this using the thick cream at the top of my raw milk.)

Pour the entire 1/2 quart of heavy whipping cream into mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment (kitchenAid) I started out at medium speed and gradually increased the speed so as to not splash milk everywhere!

It will seem like you are whipping forever! Your whipping cream will start to become beautifully “whipped” cream and then from whipped cream to small bits of…well like the picture you see below.

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The beautifully creamy whipped cream is looking rather grainy! πŸ˜›

Then you will need to change your attachment to the paddle attachment. And continue whipping.

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Looking a bit more like cottage cheese!

You will start to see liquid forming. That is buttermilk! Abracadabra, more magic! πŸ˜€ With this buttermilk you can drink it, add it to your pancake batter or biscuit recipes. There are many recipes that call for buttermilk. (My pets love it too!)

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More of the buttermilk is released.

Keep whipping to get as much buttermilk out as possible.

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Even more buttermilk, YUM!

You will have a good idea when to stop whipping. Β The butter will clump together. Scoop out all the butter solids and give it a good squeeze to release any buttermilk trapped between the folds. You can squeeze with bare hand or put the solids into cheesecloth and squeeze.

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Pretty butter!

Next, I poured out the buttermilk into a glass jar and returned the butter to the mixing bowl. I added ice water and continued to squeeze the butter, thusΒ washing it. (This washing method helps to keep the butter from spoiling.) I repeated until the water ran clear. The ice bath helps to keep the butter a solid.

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Giving butter an ice bath!

After the water is clear, empty out all the water, dry bowl or put the butter into a dry dish…this is where you can salt and “season” the butter to your desired taste. Β Garlic butter and chives! Honey butter! Possibilities are endless. For this butter I just salted it with Himalayan salt. I sprinkled it on and used a spoon I had set in ice water to help keep the butter from melting.

This will save for a week in the refrigerator and about six months in the freezer.

Shape the butter and enjoy!

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And there you have it…butter! Wah-lah!

Some fun facts:

Buttermilk has fewer calories and fat than regular milk.

Buttermilk is soothing to the stomach.

Buttermilk is soothing to the skin and makes a fabulous face mask! (Use 1 teaspoon of french clay to 1-2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Β Mix and apply on face. 10 minutes or so, rinse and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer. If you don’t have french clay (you can use most facial clays), or use ground oatmeal.)

Buttermilk has many beneficial nutrients and probiotics.

Butter made from grass-fed cows has high amounts of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)–basically a beneficial fatty acid that helps the body protect against some forms of cancer!

Did you know it’s the beta carotene in butter that gives it the yellow color? And by using milk from grass-fed cows depending on what they are grazing on, the color of the butter can change! Pretty neat!

Butter made from grass-fed milk has a high content of vitamin K2 which is incredibly important for your heart. It De-calcifies your arteries! Β Amazing…kinda like magic. Looks like I will be picking up an extra gallon of raw milk in my weekly visits to the farm. Did I mention I own part of a cow?!

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I hope this tutorial gets you excited to make magic! Β Have you made butter before? I’d love to hear from you and how you seasoned yours.

Please like, follow and share…your support means the world to me!

Here’s to you finding magic in the simple things around you. Have a beautiful day everyone. Hugs, Koko πŸ˜€

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48 thoughts on “Butter: Homemade butter: How to…

    • Awesome…this weekend I am making it with fresh raw cream. I can’t wait. I pick up three gallons on Saturday! Woohoo! It was so good that I don’t want to buy it from the store! I will do a post on it and let you know how it turns out! πŸ˜€

  1. Yowza! I never thought of making butter and I’ve thought about trying to make just about everything. Thanks for sharing this. I know what I’m doing this weekend.

  2. I have to lift my hat for you! The modern butter-maker! I’ve made butter once too, at my grandma’s farm when I was young. We used the old-fashioned method and made a lot of it from the cream skimmed from raw milk. I still remember it clearly.

  3. My mother used to say that you have to be careful when making whipped cream, because if you whip it too long, you’ll end up with butter. With this post, you’ve turned her fearful warning into a wonderful goal. Do you know if it’s less expensive to make your own? A block of butter around here costs more than four dollars.

    • Since I’ve started cow sharing I make my own butter, yogurt, butter milk, whip cream…the list goes on and on! I even make a wonderful face mask! Lol. Yes, knowing that over whipped cream turns into butter sure makes it less scary. Let’s hope if that did happen there’s more cream to whip! Whipped cream from raw milk is super delicious!

  4. This is the first time I’ve seen a ‘mixer method’ for making butter. I’ve never tried making butter either, and like you always found an excuse. You’ve inspired me to give this a try. How much butter did your pint of cream produce? It looks so beautifully fresh! WG

      • Thank you, Koko. It looked like at least a couple of sticks worth. My mental calculator figuring the price of a pound of ready made butter against the cost of the heavy cream- of course, I realize that there is a specialness to the home made butter that makes it better than any ready made product. πŸ˜‰

      • I’m not sure how cost effective it is. Butter here is expensive. It’s gone up a couple dollars more! I buy raw milk now. I like that it has no antibiotics or hormones and the cows are grass fed which is important to me. I hope you at least give it a go one time so you can say you did it! If anything else it will be fun to say that! Hahaha πŸ™‚ Have a happy week ahead!

      • Thank you for the encouragement, Koko. I’ll try it one day (when I remember to buy the cream) and let you know how wonderful it is! A great rainy day project! Best wishes, WG

    • I hope you do! It is so fun. At first is seems like you are whipping forever…and ever…then all of a sudden it’s butter! Do it. You will feel like you are a magician! Please try it, and when you do, I’d love to hear about it! πŸ˜‰

    • The buttermilk that comes from homemade butter is so good! Give this a try. You really will feel like you’ve just made magic! Hahaha. Have an awesome day and thank you so much for commenting and reading! πŸ™‚

  5. I was ecstatic the first time I made butter as well. (It’s funny how simple things just make you feel like you’ve concurred the impossible) lol I had found the idea on Pinterest, and I tried it with my KitchenAid first…but it was messy I found. Then I found one where they used their food processor, I thought that seemed to work quicker, and less messy. (Thought I’d suggest it for you to try!) πŸ˜‰

    • Sweet…thank you for the suggestion. I will give that a shot! Yes, it can be the simple things. Hahahaha. πŸ™‚ I think I was in kindergarten the first time I made butter. We rolled it around in a jar of some sort. Now that was when life was simple! You have an amazing day and weekend ahead! Wooohooo πŸ™‚ Koko

    • I’m so happy! It is easy! And I’m telling you, the taste is amazing! It’s so hard to go back to store bought! πŸ˜€ Two words…”DO IT” hahaha….Have a wonderful day!

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