November 14, 2012
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...
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!