Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Better butter (Post #199)

Made the butter today. Thought I was slicker than snot and first put the aforementioned fresh cream in a large mason jar. Figured I could shake it until it became butter.



That lasted about 15 minutes. My arms began to ache.

I transferred it to the standing mixer. It mixed and mixed and mixed. And, then it mixed some more.





At this point I googled "how to make butter". Well, who knew that the cream needed to be at room temperature? Umph. I just let it mix and mix and mix and figured eventually it would do it's thing. About 40 minutes later this is what I got.




Now we're talking. Yellow butter. White buttermilk. Bingo!



Ain't it purty?




Tasty too.

-dana

P.S. Tomorrow is the big 200. Be there or be square.

24 comments:

Lissa Jane said...

slicker than snot? I LOVE that saying, can I borrow it????


congrats on your almost 200th post!


Lissa
Australia

Cheryl said...

I think butter is it's own food group, and what a lovely food group it is! That does look so yummy. Hey it's tomorrow where I am, so happy 200th post! I'll be checking back later.

Sarah and Jack said...

I have been wanting to do this with Jack. But I was going to try the jar method. I think the mixer might be a much better idea.

Linda said...

Uggghhh, slicker that snot? That sounds really nasty!

But, the butter looks really tasty. The cow is cute too.

Hugs, Linda

Blue Yonder said...

It's been YEARS since we did that, and it was so fun! Thanks for the reminder to try it again. Last time, we kind of took turns shaking 'til our arms gave out :-)

Karen Mallory said...

Wow! That butter looks yummy! Too bad I am on a heart diet and can't eat the stuff!
hugs Karen

Jo in NZ said...

You can do butter in a jar...just add a marble or pebble. Shake until the marble stops rattling, then keep shaking till it starts rattling again. check it and if it is still not as thick as you would like...you guessed it...keep shaking!!
I wouldn't do more than about 300mls at a time. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

amy said...

Yeah! it looks beautiful! I will have to try the mason jar technique (allowing for room temp). I priced those little jar churns from lehman's once and they are so expensive!! Thanks for the butter post. Just found your blog and will bookmark it and visit again. :)

Anna said...

Isn't freshly churned butter the best thing in the whole world??? A dash of salt, and a couple of pieces of toast, and YUMMO!

(Gonna have to stalk me a milk cow!!)

Anna

Meridian Ariel said...

the butter looks beautiful. I't makes me think of when I was a little kid and lived on a farm, we used to make butter in this antique glass and metal butter churn. But we had Jersey cows, well two cows it was only a small farm. Lovely blog.

coffeechris said...

Thanks for the reminder to make butter again, it looks so creamy and good. Where did you get your glass butter keeper? I am assuming it inverts into the glass square with ice. I love it.

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

It does look yummy! I remember making butter with boys when they were younger. I think I'll make some more this week. I don't anything ever tasted so good.

Be blessed, Lea

willowluna said...

We've just started making our own at home, too, with our standing mixing. Our pictures of it mixing look very much like yours! It's so good, and I use the buttermilk to make bread. :)

Paula said...

I grew up on a farm, making our own butter. We had a hand-churner that looked like half of a gallon jar. It had a hand crank with a mixer inside. Worked "slicker than snot"! I can almost taste that homemade butter now ~ yum!!

mumovearls said...

Where did you find a glass Square Butter Bell? It's so cute
ps I made butter one time with the Hooderites (a field trip in grade school) I remember we had to shake it for a LOOOONG Time! but it was really yummy!-n

Love Bears All Things said...

I did this with my grandson, let him shake awhile too.It was fun and educational.
Mama Bear

Em said...

love that yellow butter! It looks so cool - and the buttermilk is so neat too! I've got to get a hold of some fresh milk somewhere! It would be a great thing to do with my Girl Scout troop!

Heidi said...

I am going to post about my new butter float later this week on my blog and now that I have seen this, I want to try making my own butter. How fun! Thanks for sharing.

~~ Heidi ~~

Erin said...

I love your blog and your sense of humor..you are too funny..I am going to try butter making next time my grandchildren come stay..did you do anything with your buttermilk? I am thinking black moons..yummy

Crockpot Lady said...

what a great looking sandwich! I apologize for not coming earlier to thank you for linking to me. I was overwhelmed by your comment number, and didn't want my first comment to you to be for the giveaway.

LOVE, ADORE the slicker than snot line!

I'm actually wearing a bathrobe covered in snot as I type...

xoxxo
steph

Tracy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Dana. I'm glad I visited yours and will put you in my blog roll. BTW, a goanna is a lizard. The ones we have around here are about 4' long.

The Downtown Boutique said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, yummy! I remember doing that as a kid in school...with the marble in the Mason jar. I think I might have to make some fresh butter....now if I could just find a cow!

PS...I love your blog! I'm gonna add it to my blogroll over at The Downtown Boutique!

Lucy said...

That is too funny. I just made my first batch of butter for the season the other day and had the same luck. Hee hee. I can share a little secret an old farm wife shared with me. Sour cream makes the sweetest butter. She lived in the arid West and could just leave her cream out on the counter top over night and have nice sour cream in the morning. I live in the very humid Midwest so I add a lump of plain yogurt and let it get to room temp for a couple of hours. Then I make the butter from there. So tastey!
I also remembered too late that you can only do small amounts at one time when I turned around and had whipped cream flowing out of my mixer. It was too much fun to be back into butter.

Kath said...

I have just linked over to your blog...lovely!
I wanted to tell you I have had very good results making butter in my cuisinart food processor. It will whirl itinto butter in just a few minutes or so.
There is nothing like fresh butter! mmmmmmm, yum!
Blessings,
Kath