Awhile back, I forgot I was making whipped cream as it was whipping away in my mixer. I came back to find it a little too whipped and thought that looks a bit like butter. Later on I was looking at Southern Plate.com and Christy Jordan had instructions on how to make butter in a jar. I was intrigued, could this really be done? I told Matt about this and he was a bit doubtful – “but don’t you have to shake it for a long time?” he asked. I googled some more and came up with a bunch of different recipes and techniques. The morning I made this I was motivated because I had some extra biscuits and whipping cream. I was amazed, I felt like I was on Mr. Wizard – do you remember him? He had a science show where he would teach kids science. I kept showing Matt my progress “see it is pulling away from the sides” and then “look it has solids in it.” Total this took me about 10-12 minutes of shaking but would be a great activity to do with kids (of any age, you know 2 – 99). To make the butter, I just used an empty jelly jar. And guess what – the liquid leftover is buttermilk that you can use! I am probably way too excited that I can make my own butter.
Yields ½ cup butter and ½ cup of buttermilk
1 cup whipping cream (I used heavy whipping cream)
1. Use a jar that allows room for shaking butter milk, the jar I used the cream filled it about half-way.
2. Make sure the lid of the jar is on tight, start shaking. I checked mine about every 3 minutes.
3. You will see the sides start to pull away as the butter starts to form. Continue to shake until finished solids have formed.
4. Empty contents in a colander over a bowl. Reserve liquid (this is buttermilk) and add salt to butter if desired. You could also make these flavored butters.