I can’t believe it’s not store bought!
I don’t know what is happening to me. I am making bread from scratch, pureeing my own baby food, and cloth diapering my baby. And now I am hand shaking butter in mason jars???? I’m about to crumble into granola.
Back to the butter. This is yet another skill garnered from Pinterest. It is so simple and gratifying; I would urge anyone to try it at least once. It’s a great activity to do with the kids to show them that their food does not grow from a metal shelf into a plastic package. I fully plan on doing this again, and adding herbs or cinnamon sugar to give as frugal gifts. As far as cost, this nice size jar of butter was made from a $2.59 carton of heavy whipping cream.
To give credit where it’s due, I read the suggestions from these three great blogs: 2 little hooligans, Babblin Brook(which has step by step pictures!), and The Art of Doing Stuff. Here’s what I did…
What you need:
- 1 pint (16 oz) Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 clean, empty jar with tight fitting lid
- 2 marbles (optional)
- Lots of energy for shaking
Pour cream into jar. (mine was right out of the fridge, but some say letting it warm to room temp speeds up the process)
Add two marbles (optional, I washed two decorative stones…again, just another trick to speed up the process)
Tightly close lid.
Shake some more. Pass around to children, friends, family, neighbors, etc. so your arm doesn’t fall off.
Are you shaking?
When you can’t hear the marbles, open the lid and take a look. Whipped cream! You should be excited now, but you still don’t have butter. So put that lid on and start shaking!
Once it separates, BAM! You have butter! This process can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes of shaking, so be prepared…
The milky stuff is fresh buttermilk. Now you are going to pour all the buttermilk off (feel free to save for pancakes!).
Rinse your clump of butter with cold water while mashing with a fork until water runs clear. Add a pinch of salt if you prefer, and you are done. Enjoy your fresh, creamy butter with your friends and family!