Sunday, August 9, 2009

Homemade butter

I'm trying to make as many things from scratch as possible and also trying to buy things without too many preservatives in it. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade butter. I looked it up on allrecipes.com (can you tell I like that website?) and found this recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Homemade-Butter-2/Detail.aspx?prop31=3 and tried it. It was super fast to make. I put the ingredients into my kitchenaid type mixer and mixed it on 8 for 15 minutes. Once the butter separated from the buttermilk, I strained the butter through a paper towel (I don't have any cheesecloth to use) and squeezed out all the buttermilk. I rinsed it then to get any buttermilk that was on it off. Per the reviews, they said if any buttermilk was left on it would make it taste bitter. Once that was done, I mixed the salt into the butter by hand. Next time, though, I will just use the mixer again. I then tasted it and it tasted wonderful!! And, it maybe cost $1.00 to make it and made about 2 sticks worth. I didn't shape into sticks, though.

Here are a couple of pictures. The first is the butter and the second is the buttermilk that I just poured into a clean old jar that I had. I can't wait to try a piece of toast in the morning with the butter:D




4 comments:

Alea said...

Using paper towels was a great idea.

I love homemade butter, but I haven't made it in a while. I am thinking of switching to a milk that Raley's carries. It is organic and is sold with the cream on top. If I make the switch I will start making my own butter again. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa said...

You're welcome! Now, I just need to figure out how to make the butter spreadable.

Cloud 9 said...

Thanks Lisa! You always have the best ideas!!

Lisa said...

If you want the butter spreadable, just add about 1/4- 1/2 cup of oil after you drain the buttermilk off. What I did was put the butter back into the mixer and add the oil until it was mixed up good. Then, before you use the spreadable butter, leave it out for about 5 minutes and you should be able to spread it easily.