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Shake Shake Shake...Shake Shake Shake...Shake Your BUTTER!! 
Apr. 7, 2012 6:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2012 8:18 pm
What do all of these phrases have in common?

Peanut _ _ _ _ _ _
Apple _ _ _ _ _ _(or other fruit)
_ _ _ _ _ _Pecan
_ _ _ _ _ _ Brickle
_ _ _ _ _ _ Milk
Famous NY Restaurant (also in Chicago) _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _Cream frosting

If you answered B U T T E R, give yourself a "pat" on the back! (Maybe not literally.....). Butter is such an integral part of our lives that we see it everywhere.

One of my favorite memories as a child was of making butter in my Kindergarten class. I was so excited when my teacher, Miss Simmons, told us that we would be "making butter." My five-year old mind thought we would be working the churn like the pioneers did--after a quick field trip to the farm to milk the cow and bringing the milk bucket back to class.

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But no, she had an easier and more child-labor friendly way in mind. We were amazed when she pulled out the pint of heavy cream and a simple mason jar. She explained that we would sit in our "duck-duck goose" circle and pass the jar around, shaking it as vigorously as we could and after some time we would have butter(I distinctly remember her telling us that we would have to be patient, it takes a long time. She knew her class well!). She poured the white cream into the jar, screwed the top on securely, and handed it to my first classmate. After several passes, we realized how much fun our turn could be. The boys challenged themselves to shaking until they were red in the face, and the girls were a bit more delicate with it. We all had fun, and after about three passes around the circle, we began to see solid chunks forming in the liquid.

That gave my class even more incentive to continue. It's funny how quiet 20 five year olds can be when they see the fruits of their combined labor working to create something they!

When we finished, it looked something like this:

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Our teacher pulled out a loaf of white bread so we could take turns spreading our real, homemade butter on our piece to sample our handiwork. It was so fresh!
Thankfully today, all we have to do is go to our local supermarket to buy the ready-made butter to use in our favorite recipes. These are photos I snapped in my neighborhood stores:

*When you buy butter, you are probably supporting America's dairy farmers!
Some of my favorite buttery creations include:<
Rosemary Shortbread Cookies< Vanilla Bean Birthday Cupcake Frosting<< Garlic Bread Fantastique

Pizza without the Red Sauce
For more information about BUTTER and additional recipes,
visit the amazing butter bloggers at:
"Eat butter first, and eat it last,
and live till a hundred years be past."
--Old Dutch proverb
I'd love to hear about your favorite butter memories, or recipes you like to make with it!

Apr. 7, 2012 6:55 pm
Nice blog, give yourself a "pat" on the back! Great pics of the butter on the store shelf too!
Apr. 7, 2012 7:30 pm
I LOVED your blog! I will have to try this butter making with my daughter's 2nd grade class. Your photos made me want to eat more----and I just finished! :)
Apr. 7, 2012 8:17 pm
We live in Wisconsin~~the Dairy state, so BUTTER is near and dear to our hearts!! I use it in all of my cooking and baking. I always store up when it is on sale and freeze it. We had our Easter dinner this evening and we had a butter lamb on the table, also. It is a good thing!!
Apr. 7, 2012 9:10 pm
My kids also made butter in pre-school. Their teacher used baby food jars to get the job done faster. They were so excited to have it spread on saltines for snack. Thanks for bringing back the sweet memory.
Apr. 8, 2012 3:54 am
I too made butter in first grade class, we also made lentil beans and ate it with mazta bread. It was part of "international studies" week. Such a vivid memory. Thanks Marie C. for the tip on small jars. Think I will use it to make butter with the grands. We made ice cream in zip lock bags and they loved that so this should go over well too.
Apr. 8, 2012 6:31 am
Catchy title and great blog. Can't wait to make butter with the Grands.
Apr. 8, 2012 7:57 am
Good job kid!
Apr. 8, 2012 12:38 pm
Love the blog. Great pics.
Apr. 8, 2012 12:39 pm
Thanks everyone ; ). I appreciate your kind words!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:21 pm
What a great post!! I really enjoyed reading this!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:26 pm
I don't remember making butter in school, I'm sure we did it but my memories of it are gone. Guess I'll have to give it a try! Nice blog!
Apr. 8, 2012 5:50 pm
I love that proverb - as I have said, I love BUTTER - thanks for sharing your memories with us.
Apr. 8, 2012 5:53 pm
Great blog. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 9, 2012 4:41 pm
Jr, what a FUN BLOG OMG!! What a very special memory:):) I too am a butter lover and made this today;I used softened butter instead of cream cheese. Thank you for sharing a great story and to Mrs. Simmons for inspiring new cooks!
Apr. 9, 2012 5:06 pm
I'll never forget her Patty Cakes! THANKS!
Apr. 13, 2012 4:57 am
Great blog, jrbaker! Beautiful pictures, fun story. If I had to pick a favorite thing for butter, it would be a fresh-baked homemade dinner roll with a pat of butter on it!
Apr. 21, 2012 8:18 pm
Great blog! Enjoyed it lots!
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