Kids Making Butter

It doesn’t get better than this.  I gave my kids (at least half of them) something to do while I was making dinner.  It worked, tasted great, and there’s more than enough for the rest of the week.

My husband notified me of a CRAFT post about homemade butter, told me about it, and I knew we had to give it a try.  CRAFT linked to this site here which has a nice photo and lovely instructions.


What we did:

Pint heavy cream put in a
Ball jar with lid (which did leak a little bit)

shaking_butter.jpgSHAKE and shake and shake some more

Chill to harden a bit (I put it in the freezer for a few for sake of time)

Use in mashed potatoes and on corn on the cob.

Now, to make some bread and/or muffins to try it out!

I should note that the directions said to drain off the buttermilk that’s on the top when it first starts to harden.  Well, I don’t know if we were just shaking too much or what, but we didn’t have any buttermilk when I took the lid off to look, and it was already pretty thick.

Also, after being in the fridge for a day, it still has a whipped texture.  That could be from using heavy whipping cream and not just heavy cream.  I didn’t think there was a difference, but I’ve been wrong before.  Perhaps that accounts for the lack of buttermilk as well.  Hmmm.

It’s super easy, though, and I highly recommend it, especially since butter is so expensive.  Plus, it’s a novelty.  What better gift than homemade bread and butter?  Now to find someone with extra baby food jars . . .

Have fun!

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