Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit

Or not. But since we're on the topic of butter, I'll show yall how to make it! And you don't even need your own cow, although that would probably be cheaper because heavy cream gets expensive!

 I used 1 quart of Heavy Whipping Cream. A lot of people say that ultra-pasteurized heavy cream will not work, but it does for me! Anyways, let the cream sit out until it is room temperature.

I put 1 pint of cream at a time into a quart jar. 

Then you start shaking! The cream will look like it exploded in the jar, but just keep on shaking! You could probably make butter while you do Zumba. 

I don't really know how to describe this part, but this is what the jar will start looking like when it's almost done. Some of the cream starts falling off the side of the jar and leaving little "peep holes", I guess, lol. 

Oh look! A yellow blob of butter! It took me about 10 minutes of shaking to get the butter.

 Next, you take a spoon and hold the blob of butter in place and pour the buttermilk off. I ended up with 1 pint of buttermilk from 1quart of heavy cream. The buttermilk can be used for biscuits, pancakes, whatever!

 Then you take the blob of butter out of the jar and put it in a bowl.

 Rinse the butter off with water and use a spoon to hold it in place while you pour the watery milk off. Repeat until the water is clear.

Just add salt to taste, put it in a container and store it in the fridge! This is how much butter I got from the whole quart.

Pretty easy process, but buying butter is probably still cheaper. Although, if you could find some organic or completely natural heavy cream, it wouldn't have all those preservatives and chemicals in it like store bought butter does. Next time I do this, I will probably add some flavoring to the butter. I'm thinkin' honey butter, maple butter, strawberry butter....mmmmm.....


  1. Mmmmmmmm........maple butter. The title of your post cracked me right up!

    This is even better if you have a five year old kid to do the shaking for you. They will think it's fun and you don't have to do it! ha! :)

  2. oh how great....I've heard that you can make butter that way, but I have never tried it. I'm gonna have to do that!

    also I've been meaning to tell you that I am soo glad to hear that all your crops did so well this year, that's awesome!! Also we saw one of those John Deere cotton pickers that makes the bales being hauled down the road the other day.

  3. VERY COOL! I will definitely have to try this....but making.....UHHHH, LETTING Jameson do the shaking!

  4. I did this once growing up! And I love all things homemade (I have homemade laundry softener in a mason jar on top the washer) and now I am drying herbs for homemade essential oils. I believe homemade butter would be heavenly! Thanks for another homemade project idea!

  5. Love your post title! LOL! When do you add the flavoring? Do you beat it in afterwards or can it be added before you shake it? But then your buttermilk would be flavored too. Confused...
    And how long does "home-made" butter keep without the preservatives? This would be a nice treat during the holidays for us.

  6. Sounds like a paint can shaker would work great during this process! If I had a dairy cow, I would probably be making my own butter. Would be a nice recipe for a special occasion though. I think there is one coming up next week... Hmmm :)

  7. Thanks yall!

    Janet-You should've hijacked the cotton picker for us! haha.

    Lori-I haven't mixed in any flavoring yet, but when I do, I'm going to add it in my final step. Just mix it right before you put it in the container to store in the fridge. The butter is very soft then. Once you put it in the fridge, it gets hard.

  8. I want to try this when our cow calves.

  9. I remember doing that....long ago. :)

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