November 14, 2012

Kid-made Butter


We made butter! This is something I have been wanting to do for a while, but never had a reason.  This week though we were talking about baking, so I decided we would make some butter. (No butter isn't baked, but you bake with it. That makes sense right?)

If you need a specific amount of butter you need to start with double that amount of heavy cream.  You also need a clean container with a good fitting lid (we used mason jars), and a few clean marbles speed up the process.  We did learn that smaller amounts form butter quicker then large amounts.


Start by pouring your cream (warm it up a few minutes for it to work faster) into your jar and add the marbles. You can add a little salt too if you want salted butter.


Then you can choose any number of ways to agitate the cream.  We tried rolling...



And shaking...



But the girls favorite by far was jumping!


The girls were starting to think it wouldn't work, and then it started to sound more solid then liquid.  (This was a good way to review solid and liquid too.) I looked at it and it wasn't quite butter, so we shook some more.  I noticed it sounded really liquid again once it was fully separated because the buttermilk was sloshing around! So here is our butter (and buttermilk)!


We poured off the buttermilk (and saved it for baking too) and rinsed the butter with cold water. If you don't rinse off the buttermilk the butter will be sour in a couple days!



Then we tried some on bread!



Everyone seemed to approve!



21 comments:

  1. I used to do this when I taught school. Might have to try it with my 3 year old. Thanks for the reminder :)

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    1. Thanks Julie! I will be sure to follow and link up!

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  2. So smart to use marbles! We make the boys do this for Thanksgiving - that's how they contribute to the dinner and it keeps them active and busy while we cook. We let them add a few drops of food coloring so we get fun colored butter.

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    1. Colored butter would be awesome! We may have to try that sometime! Thanks or visiting!

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  3. I have to do this with my youngest, she would love it and I would love some homemade butter! Great share! Pinning! Have a great night!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Mary! I hope you both enjoy it!

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  4. So much fun! I am glad no one dropped the jar!! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. No jars were dropped! Plastic probably would have a been a smart choice. Thanks for hosting!

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  5. So fun!! We did this at a Mass Audubon class but did not use marbles. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    1. It was pretty fun once we could really see it changing! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I love all of the learning that took place while making butter! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

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    1. Thanks Trisha! Fun and learning together is good!

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  7. Fun! It's funny how kids of all ages, no matter how old, still love doing this! I'm featuring it on this week's Tuesday Tots. Thanks for linking up :D

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring our butter! It was our first time making it, but we will have to try it again!

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  8. love butter...looks like they had fun - thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!!

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    1. It turned out good too! That's again for hosting!

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  9. so im thinking of making butter tomorrow with the kids- how long do you have to rinse the butter for? will we know...and how long will the butter stay good in the frig? can I do it without the marbles- we don't have any..thanks
    tcogbill at live dot com

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    1. Hope it worked well for you! It will work without marbles, but will take longer. You need to rinse until the buttermilk is out, so the butter will last longer. We used ours before it went bad, so I really have no idea how long it will last!

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  10. Butter making with children is so much fun! Thanks for sharing on the Discover and Explore linky!

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  11. This is SUCH a neat idea. Must try with my boys and also hope to share on my parenting page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach where we hope to celebrate Creativity, Crafts & Connections next month. Inviting you and your fans to come say Hello to us - see you there!! :-)

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  12. About how long does it take with marbles in it to turn to butter?

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