"You can make great tasting butter at home just by putting heavy cream in a food processor and running it till it turns into butter." — Brian Perspect
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I love homemade butter. I was surprised this recipe did not give any hints for what to do after your done blending - make sure you rinse the buttermilk out of the butter with cold running water, pushing the liquid out with a spatula. Salt should be added after the rinsing. Also, your cream and supplies should be very cold at all times for a good smooth consistency. Use at least 30% milk fat cream.
This was not even half as easy or delicious as everyone else makes it sound. How disappointing... I'd like to try again, but I'm going to look up a more detailed set of instructions. Some of the comments suggest that a lot more labor needs to go into this than simply squeezing the buttermilk out with a spoon (which only made a mess for me).
I would give this ten stars if I could! It was sooooo easy, and probably cheaper than buying butter. I had a little carton of heavy cream sitting in my refrigerator, so I decided to see if it would work for me. You can tell it's ready when it goes from being perfectly white and smooth to being yellow with lots of little chunks (like cottage cheese), and there's milk in the food processor. I didn't bother straining it or squishing it with a spoon, I just dumped it all into a bowl and picked up the curds and squeezed the milk out of it with my hands. The milk tastes good, too! And remember you can do just about anything with it, add whatever seasonings and herbs you like and even a little bit of fruit for yummy strawberry butter or whatever.
This is for Sunny. There are butter presses made to press the excess water out of home-churned butter, but I'm not sure if they're worth the expense. We just take a flat spatula/pancake turner and press out the water. My grandmother (born 1906) actually had to churn the family butter and she taught us to use a spatula. Whatever you use, this is fantastic! I don't add the salt because I always buy unsalted store-bought butter.
Homemade butter really is this easy - you can use any electric mixer or even an egg beater if you want to build some muscles. I put the lump of butter in a cheesecloth/muslin then squeeze out the excess buttermilk.
Wow, pretty darn amazing to watch the transformation! This was my first attempt at making butter and I was kind of surprised that it actually worked! Once done, I rinsed the butter several times and used cheese cloth to strain out the buttermilk. I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixter with the whisk attachment. Also decided to add herbs and spices which I think will be wonderful on Italian bread. Thanks so much Brian!!
I just finished making this, and let me tell ya, I will not buy real butter at the store anymore!!! I followed the recipe except I didn't have a food processor so I used my Kitchen Aid mixer on speed 8 for about 5-8 minutes...it worked perfectly. I just squeezed the buttermilk out with my hands, it was messy, but didn't take long at all! I will definately be making this over & over & over, well you get the point! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
This is a great recipe! I got 1/2 gallon of heavy cream from a neighborhood store for $2.99! (I may go buy the rest of his stock before he realizes he could charge a lot more). I ended up with 2 1/4lbs of butter! Easy, if a little messy. I did find it a little difficult to get all of the liquid out of the butter - would appreciate tips on making this easier. Thanks so much for the recipe!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 99
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