Real homemade butter… I made homemade butter! And it was easy! Thanks to my food processor that came back from the dead. Now apparently you can use a mason jar or a blender but I wanted to make it like Anna Olson.
When I saw Anna Olson make butter so easily at this food convention a few years ago, I was dumbfounded. I sat in my folded chair and asked myself, why on earth are we not making our own butter all the time? Butter is expensive! This way we also know there are no preservatives, additives… Even after this revelation, I never made it.
Fast forward a couple of years and a move across the country… I discovered this chocolate bar mold at Madame Gateau for just over $10 that holds 4 oz which meant I could divvy up butter into 1/2 cup segments! It was a foodie sign. It was time to make my own homemade butter.
Magical Butter Molds
As an aside, I got an official butter tray from Magical Butter like a week later! Doh!
Back To Butter Making
I wanted to attempt to make 1 cup/2 molds of butter so I started with 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
I put the cream in my food processor, said a little prayer to the foodie gods and got processing.
After a couple of minutes or so it made whipped cream.
Then it started to separate.
Then, hot damn, there was butter!
I figured I would put my Magical Butter Filter Bag to good use since it sits upright.
I poured everything into the bag to help the whey seep through. You could always use a sieve with a cheesecloth of course!
I was left with just over 1/4 cup of whey/buttermilk! So exciting! I know, I know. I am a foodie geek…
I added the butter into the molds and then finished them off with a small offset spatula.
I put them in the fridge overnight and…
There it is! Homemade butter! Now not entirely perfect-looking I know but it was my first attempt. I just can not believe it is that easy! I will never waste unused heavy cream again.
Now the question is, what do I do with it exactly?! It is in my freezer right now and it is not quite 1 cup of butter. I am thinking of teaching myself how to make ghee with it, something I have always wanted to try. It will be the purest ghee around.
What would you do with homemade butter?
Debra She Who Seeks says
That is so cool, Suzie! And no old-fashioned butter churn needed! What would I do with homemade butter? I’d make some lovely muffins to spread it on while they are warm. Mmmmmmm!
And is whey really buttermilk? I always thought whey was watery and yucky. Perhaps I was wrong!
Whey is the liquid remaining when making cheese. Buttermilk is the liquid remaining after churning cream into butter.
Cathy Evans says
I’m glad you finally made it 🙂
Cathy ferguson says
Do you think a yogurt sieve would work for straining it? Do you know how long it will last in the fridge? I am definitely going to do this :). Could add things I suspect like garlic and chives etc.
I used to make cow butter for Tim back in the day. So easy and just no reason to buy it. Though, we didn’t use the moulds. Just whipped it up and into the Mason jar. Moulds look fun. I’d want to make chocolate in those. One big MONSTER bar.
Some of the school kids here to it by hand in the jar. They pass the jar around and shake until it breaks. But after all their little hands were on the jars, the teacher told me that none of the adults would eat the butter. But the kids did and they had fun.
I used my stainer and then lots and lots of cold water to run it clear and dang, Tim loved his homemade cow butter. Now, we don’t even have it in the house anymore but it was fun to make, back in the day.
The Happy Whisk says
That was me. I hit publish before my stuff. I didn’t even know you can do it this way. Neat.