Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Homemade Butter Recipe






Homemade butter is delicious and surprisingly quick and easy to make.  I have never really enjoyed real butter on my biscuits or bread, but this homemade butter is different.  There are even many different flavored butters that you can make yourself.  Homemade butter is not only great to eat, but it also perfect for making pie crusts, biscuits and many other baked goods.

A couple of weeks ago my mother-in-law was here, and I was telling her how I was given many cartons of heavy whipping cream.  We had made whipped cream and eaten it on every thing we could think of until we were sick of it.  I really needed another idea for making use of all of the whipping cream that was left.  Immediately my mother-in-law suggested, "Make homemade butter!"  She had grown up on a farm where they made their own homemade butter for years.  "There's nothing like it," she said.  "Homemade butter is delicious and really easy to make."


So, I decided to give it a try.  I was very surprised at how simple it was to make.  (Especially using my Kitchen Aid!)

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 quart of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp of salt

PROCESS:

With a whisk attachment on your mixer, begin by beating the whipping cream just as you would to make whipped cream.  After a few minutes the cream will first turn into the consistency of whipped cream (see first photo below).  At this point, take a second and cover your mixer with a towel because here is when the process becomes messy.

After approximately 5 min. of beating the cream, it will turn into little curds - like cottage cheese (see second picture).  You'll also notice that there will be some liquid milk separating from the curds.  This is BUTTERMILK.  Pour out the buttermilk into a container.  Though you will not need it to make butter, keep it because it is perfect for baking!


After pouring out the buttermilk, begin beating the curds again.  Beat it until it begins to look like butter; that is creamy and sticking together (third picture).  Once creamy, use a spoon and press out all the remaining butter milk that you can.  For another option, put the butter in a cheese cloth and simply press and squeeze until no more buttermilk can be squeezed out.

Now, take a large tupperware or bowl and fill it with cold water.  Put your butter in the cold water and rinse it well for a couple of minutes.  The water will start to turn a little murky, but that is fine.  You are rinsing off any last little amounts of buttermilk.  This is important because the buttermilk will turn rancid if is left on the butter.  Once the butter is rinsed, remove it from the water and place it in a jar or container of your choice!  If you would like to make a flavored butter this would be the time to add those ingredients.  Simple right!?


Now, the only problem with real butter is that it gets hard when stored in the fridge which makes it very difficult to spread.  The good thing is, that you can leave it out of the refrigerater for a perfect consistency if the temperature is right.  At 65F or below, butter will last for weeks on the counter in a sealed container.  At 80F, the butter will be overly soft and will not last more than several days.  It is best to keep it covered, because the air is what will make it turn rancid.  So in other words, feel free to keep your butter out of the fridge (covered) when room temperature is in the low to mid 70's.  It can be stored in the fridge for up to 6 weeks, and frozen for up to 1 year.



Here are some of my favorite flavored butters:

Garlic Butter:

1/2 cup butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Mix well.

Lemon-Herb Butter:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
2 Tbs. finely diced shallots
1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon plus 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients.  Roll into plastic wrap and store up to 2 weeks in fridge.


Honey Butter:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey

Mix well.

Brown Sugar Butter:

1/2 cup butter
2 Tbs. brown sugar

Mix well.

Cinnamon Butter:

2 cups butter
3/4 cup honey
3 tsp cinnamon

Mix well.


Enjoy!  If you make it, be sure to let me know how your butter turns out.




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22 comments:

  1. Can you explain a little more on the rinsing the butter part. I'm a little confused. Sorry

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    1. Sure, it sounds a little confusing because we generally don't rinse food. :) After you get all the buttermilk pressed out of the butter it kind of becomes like a clump {like clay}. Basically you just need to put that clump- or ball of butter in the water and swoosh it around a little. You do not need to break up the butter, just move the whole ball around in the water. Then simply take the butter out and put it in your dish. The butter doesn't absorb any of the water- it just kind of beads off. (Think of it like grease- water just runs right over it). Trust this helps. :)

      Melissa

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  2. Okay, Melissa - I am loving your recipes lately! First, three-ingredient ice cream, and now, homemade butter? You know I'm trying this! Maybe I'll make breakfast-for-dinner as a dinner party - wouldn't people be gobsmacked by my homemade butter?!?!

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  3. The more homemade my food is the better I feel. I made homemade peanut butter and jam this week that is ridiculously easy. No preservatives. btw, you can make homemade scones, or biscuits with that buttermilk. It will make your scones & biscuits tender.

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    1. Wow, homemade scones sound delicious. I have actually only made them once before. I still haven't tried homemade peanut butter. Going to have to try that one next..... :)

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  4. I've made this before as a first grade project (yes we shook it until we could shake the carton no more lol) and we LOVED it!!
    Great post!

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    1. I think if I did it that way, I'd be at the Chiropractor the next day. LOL Such a great project for 1st grade, though!! My son would've loved it. :)

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  5. I had no idea that buttermilk was a byproduct of making cream into butter - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, an added bonus to making butter! :)

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  6. I remember making butter one time when I was little. Such a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @Better With Age

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  7. Must add this to my list of recipes to try. We like to make everything from scratch around here too :)


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  8. I made this the other day. Very easy. Can I add the salt in the begining phase?

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  9. This is awesome! I had no idea you could do this. I always thought Id have to find a goat to make butter like my grandma did. LOL. Thanks for sharing. This is a keeper.
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  10. I just made this and it turned out great. It turned out to be the perfect rainy day distraction for my kids. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you had a fun time making this! Glad you all liked it as well. :)

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  11. Our process for making butter differs from yours....we were given the following instructions by my dad as it was his job to churn the butter when he was young. Churn the butter WITHOUT the addition of salt. When rinsing, use a flat rubber or wooden spatula to work the water through the butter until clear - rinsing the butter in a lump does not remove all of the buttermilk. Once water runs clear, work in the salt. If you add too much salt, simply rinse and adjust the salt until you are satisfied with the results. Rinsing all of the buttermilk out is the key to a much longer life before going rancid.

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    1. Thank you for sharing! I'll have to try it that way. :)

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  12. How much buttermilk does this recipe yield? I would like to make some homemade bread with it :)

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  13. mine is not turning into the curd like consistency that you mentioned, you also didn't state the speed of the mixer, maybe I did it to fast or to slow, I left it on now for about 15 minutes and it still not doing what you stated.
    Help!!

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