Butter lovers out there know what it’s like to always have a large supply of butter at home. Nothing compares to that little feeling of joy that fills your heart when you bite into a stick of butter or overload your slice of toast with butter like there’s no tomorrow. More than just something you spread on your toast each morning, butter goes into flavouring your dishes, roasts, meats, veggies, and pretty much everything making it all the more awesome.
It’s about time you began whipping up your butter so you never run out and we’re going to show you how! Making butter isn’t all that hard and you can do it yourself at home. We’ve got a really simple method to follow for some great butter that isn’t time consuming to make and doesn’t require too many tools or utensils either. So go grab some heavy cream and lets start making our butter!
To make butter, the only ingredient that you will need is whipping cream or heavy cream (35% milk fat). Salt is optional so that’s left to you if you would like salt to taste.
Now, there are two ways we can do this – with a jar or with a food processor. If you’re using a jar, all you will have to do is fill it halfway with cream and shut the lid tightly. Now, shake! Remember to fill it exactly halfway and not exceed half the jar as your whipping cream will require space to move when shaking. As you keep shaking the jar hard, the cream thickens and with a few more minutes of shaking, the cream separates into butter and buttermilk. Shake the jar with the lid tightly intact until the butter is firm and carefully empty the buttermilk out into a cup. You can save the buttermilk and use it for baking or making some pancakes. Lastly, you can scoop out the butter from the jar and knead it as you rinse it with some cold water and store it for use.
If you’re using a food processor to make your butter, blend the heavy cream in the food processor until the cream starts to separate. When this happens, let it sit for five minutes so it can separate completely and pour out the buttermilk. Once that’s done you can rinse your butter so it lasts longer by pouring a little cold water into the blender with the butter and blending it for thirty seconds. When you’ve washed it, you can pour out the water and use a spoon to scoop out the butter, give it a little kneading and store. It’s that simple!
There’s another simple way you can make butter if you don’t have a jar lying around or you don’t want to use a processor. It requires an electric hand mixer and it gives you the same, amazing results as the methods above. This video shows you how you can make it:
Now that you’ve got your butter-making right, you can try adding a little something for flavour and seving them up with your favourite dishes. Here are some variations:
Cream the butter, then add in 3 to 4 cloves of crushed garlic and a few drops of lemon juice as you knead it lightly. When that’s done, wrap it with tin foil and refrigerate it to harden.
Fresh Herb Butter
Substitute a fresh mixture of your favourite herbs like thyme, rosemary, etc. instead of garlic from the above recipe.
Substitute 2 tablespoons of finely chopped mint instead of the garlic from the first recipe.
Mustard & Parsley Butter
For this variation, you will need to add a handful of finely chopped parsely and 1 tablespoon of mustard.
For this variation, take 50g of butter, 50g of confectioner’s sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of rum and cream it together in a food processor until light and fluffy. Feel free to adjust the quantity of rum to your liking!
Have a great, buttery adventure!