Homemade Butter

May 8, 2011

When I first heard that homemade butter can be easily made with just heavy cream, salt, and a jar, I thought it was a joke. Today, I am here to prove that it’s not a joke, and making homemade butter is super easy. I’m sure  you can get kids to help out too!

Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
Pinch of salt (optional)

1. Pour the heavy cream in a jar that will hold twice the liquid amount of the heavy cream. (The cream needs to get air)


2. Shake the jar for a total 15-20 minutes. At first it won’t feel like anything, after about 5 minutes, it will become one big clump of whip cream. Don’t give up! Shake for another 10 minutes, and the butter will separate from butter milk. Once you hear the liquid shaking in the jar, the butter is done.
3. Pour out the liquid, that is buttermilk that can be used for pancakes and such later.
4. Wash the butter with cold water. I suggest using a strainer for this. Since I didn’t have a strainer, I used a tea ball and washed the butter in batches. 5. When the water runs clear, the butter is clean. You don’t want any excess buttermilk around because that will spoil the butter faster.
Try to cut all the water off the butter, and put the butter in a container.

6. At this point, you can add a pinch of salt to flavor it- the butter also lasts longer with salt.

And that’s it! My breakfasts are going to be much happier with homemade butter!

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I have a new obsession: radishes in my salad. I know it’s kind of weird, but I love how fresh and crunchy it tastes! So, to give my salad even more life, I made a really simple maple-balsamic vinaigrette. I took a recipe from EatingWell, and made a few very small changes. Hope you enjoy! The original recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/maple_balsamic_vinaigrette.html

So it requires a few simple ingredients:

Ingredients:
4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
4 tbsp Dijon Mustard

4 tbsp olive oil
5 tbsp Maple Syrup (get the real stuff, not the fake kind)
Sprinkle of ground pepper

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together with a whisk! Happy spring salad making!

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