Butter is a staple in everyday cooking. From a condiment to an ingredient in a baked good, butter always seems to show up. Did you know butter isn’t that hard to make? It’s relatively easy. All you need to make easy homemade butter is Heavy Whipping Cream….
… And a jar. Any sealed jar or container will work.
Fill your container halfway with heavy cream. Seal the container and begin to shake. Shake it a lot. Who needs a Shake Weight when you can shake a jar of heavy whipping cream?
Shake the jar for about 15 to 20 minutes. I noticed within 5 minutes the heavy cream began to thicken like whipped cream. Keep shaking. Your butter will be ready when the heavy cream clumps together with excessive liquid (aka buttermilk).
Drain the buttermilk from the butter. Rinse the butter in cold water to remove any excess buttermilk. This helps with keeping the butter from spoiling faster. Throw in a pinch of salt & mix to taste.
Congratulations! You made your very own batch of homemade butter. If you have a butter mold you can press your butter into that, but any sealable container is fine. You must refrigerate your butter.
I was quite surprised at how delicious homemade butter taste. It definitely has a better and lighter texture compared to the store bought stuff. The only down side is that it costs more to make homemade butter compared to buying store bought because of the price of heavy cream. However you have control of what ingredients you mix in with your homemade butter. You might want to check with your local creameries if they sell heavy cream and the price. When I lived in Joplin I use to buy raw milk at a local farmer’s market. It was some of the most delicious stuff I’ve ever had.
I can’t wait to make different butter flavors now that I know how ridiculously easy it is to make butter on my own. I wonder what I should try next. Honey? Garlic? The possibilities are endless!