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So you want to make butter!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


At the bottom it mentions that this is from "Kirsten's Cook Book," The American Girls Collection - if I am not mistaken, this is 12 year old girls.

First off, I would suggest trying with 1/2 pint first and a small marble - I also used a plastic peanut butter jar - plastic is lighter than glass and also safer I think.

This took me 30 minutes to make the butter! It made about 1/2 cup - hard to tell since I put it into a small margarine cup.

I copied and pasted this from the article:

Homemade Butter

This is a fun recipe for kids to try.

2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream, chilled
Pinch salt

You will also need a 2-quart jar with a tight lid, a marble, a strainer, a 2-quart bowl, a measuring cup and a wooden spoon.

Chill the jar and the marble in the refrigerator for at least one hour to help the butter form more quickly. Place the strainer over the bowl and set them aside. Pour the cream into the jar, drop in the marble, and fasten the lid tight. Shake the jar. At first you will hear the marble moving. After about 15 minutes, the cream will get so thick that you won't hear or feel the marble. The sides of the jar will be coated with thick cream. Continue shaking the jar. After another 15 to 30 minutes, butter will begin to form.

First you will hear the marble moving again, then the coating of cream will disappear from the sides of the jar and you will see lumps of butter in a milky liquid. The liquid is buttermilk.

Open the jar and pour the butter and the buttermilk into the strainer. The buttermilk will flow into the bowl, and the butter will stay in the strainer. Pour the buttermilk from the bowl into a covered container and store in the refrigerator. You can drink the buttermilk or use it in another recipe. Rinse the bowl with cold water to remove all of the buttermilk. Turn the butter out of the strainer and into the bowl. Cover the butter with cold water and then pour the water off through the strainer. Do not save this milky water. Keep washing the butter this way until the water you pour off is clear. You are washing out the buttermilk -- buttermilk that is not washed out will turn the butter sour.

Use a clean wooden spoon to stir and press the butter against the side of the bowl. Continue pressing the butter against the side of the bowl to work out any liquid that is left in the butter. Pour the liquid off. You may add the salt, if desired. Chill butter for 1 hour before serving. Makes about 6 ounces.

From "Kirsten's Cook Book," The American Girls Collection

**I just want to repeat, I would suggest trying with 1/2 pint first and a small marble - I also used a plastic peanut butter jar - plastic is lighter than glass and also safer should you drop it.

This took me 30 minutes to make the butter! It made about 1/2 cup - hard to tell since I put it into a small margarine cup.
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    Thank you! Very interesting. My dad taught me how to make butter when I was small. We didn't use a marble, just a fork and elbow grease. We always did it in those days when the milk or cream off the top was just starting to turn or go sour.
    Once it was made into butter and rinsed, you didn't taste that it had gone sour, it was a good way to use it up as we didn't have a fridge. Mum used to make sour milk cheese as well and that was delicious.
    2209 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. All that shaking should be good exercise for the arms too. Will have to try it with the grandkids.
    2212 days ago
    This was neat ,thanks !
    2212 days ago
    Linda, when we were first married and lived on a farm complete with a milk cow, I made butter fairly often. I had a butter churn, though, so it was an easy process to put the cream in the jar and just turn the crank. I still have the churn, and since you mention trying out the (above) process with kids, it makes me think I might like to dust off the butter churn and have the GSs help make butter! It might be something they'd love to do--once, that is! LOL! Thanks for the memories and the idea!! Hugs, Jeannie
    2212 days ago
    2214 days ago
    Awwww I wish my grands were little so I were still little so we could do this ! But, they are all teens, and beyond the age where this would make them thrilled. Sounds sooo cute !
    2214 days ago
    We made butter at home when we were kids and it
    was fun. I would be concerned about shaing too hard
    and cracking the jar. However, it should work. We
    would put the cream in a jar and just take turns
    shaking it. Either way, thanks for sharing. HUGS!
    2215 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Glad I stopped by. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I always wanted to try making butter, now I will be able too. emoticon
    2215 days ago
    The second grade teachers at my old school used to do this with their kids before their pancake breakfast- after they tapped maple trees and made syrup first.
    Nowadays, teachers can't do these sorts of memory-making things because it's not on any test!
    2215 days ago
    This is really cool! Making butter is on my list of things to do. I love all of that homestead-y stuff. Thanks so much for sharing, Raylin!!
    2215 days ago
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