Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DIY Wednesday: Homemade Butter!

            To be fair and upfront, I didn’t make this, my husband did. I sure as heck enjoyed being the taste tester, though! I don’t typically like using “real” butter for hardly anything except baking. I’m a margarine person (gross, right?). Needless to say, I was iffy about trying this out. (Especially since poor hubby’s food escapades usually don’t turn out how he would like.) Plus, it is a sweet butter, but I was intrigued so I finally gave it a try. Let me tell you, this was THE best butter I have ever had! It tastes SO GOOD. I hope he starts making it all the time!

What You’ll Need:
-heavy cream
-food processor or blender
-ice cold water
-dishtowel (optional)
-salt (optional)

1)     Pour heavy cream into blender or food processor.

2)     Blend until you see chunks of butter. (Usually around 5 minutes.) You will see the butter start to form and clump up. That’s when you need to stop.
Goes from this...
to this very quickly!

3)     Let it sit and “rest” for a couple of minutes.
4)     Gather the butter up and squeeze out all of the buttermilk. (This is where a dishtowel may come in handy by placing the butter inside of it and wringing it to get the buttermilk out.) Yes, you can save the buttermilk to use as well! This is a 2-for-1 deal!

5)     Next put ice cold water (about the same amount as the buttermilk you squeezed out or more) along with the butter back in the blender.

6)     Pulse your blender or food processor for 1 to 2 minutes. This is rinsing the butter, which helps the butter last a LOT longer instead of going rancid in just a few days.
7)     Again (using a dishtowel if you like), squeeze out as much liquid as you can and discard of it.
8)     If you would like to add salt, either do this while you’re squeezing the excess liquid out (just helps to work it in better while you’re doing this) or afterwards.
9)     Voila! You just made your own butter! Don’t forget to refrigerate and enjoy!
Included this for a size comparison.

            It may seem a little complicated at first, but it’s really not that bad and doesn’t take all that long. Nothing beats the taste. Seriously. Try it at least once. ; )