Easy Homemade Butter Recipe
Easy homemade butter recipe is beyond simple to make at home! Have you ever made butter? Most people haven’t even considered it! Check out my easy homemade butter recipe! I have been on a mission lately to learn more about how foods are made, and trying it for myself. This helps eliminate my need to buy them at the store. Butter is the latest one, and it is surprisingly easy to do!
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With supply shortages being the new normal these days, making even basic things at home is more important than ever. Yes, you can make your own butter at home, from scratch, very easily. I am constantly amazed at the sheer volume of things that can be made from milk and cream. Butter is certainly no exception.
Besides learning to make things myself due to supply shortages, there is a feeling of accomplishment whenever I make something totally from scratch. I feel more self-reliant because I can do something that simple and I’ve expanded my homesteading skills.
I’ve often talked about knowledge being power and how important learning new skills are for preppers. Making my own butter falls into both of these categories! It is a total win in my book.
Easy Homemade Butter Supplies
Cream, 1 quart
Salt, to taste
Easy Homemade Butter Directions
Pour the cream into the stand mixer.
Beat the cream at a medium-high speed. I strongly recommend having a kitchen towel handy because it may splatter. I spent some quality time cleaning up my mess because of this.
Mix until the cream thickens and starts to separate into chunks of butter and buttermilk. It is really fun to watch. The cream starts out as cream, turns into whipped cream, and then butter and buttermilk. This will take anywhere from 5-20 minutes. I didn’t time mine out because I was busy being distracted by watching butter happen. But it definitely takes a little bit.
Butter and Buttermilk
Once it reaches the point of being butter and buttermilk, it will be obvious. The butter will be solid and the buttermilk will be sloshing in the bottom of the mixing bowl. I recommend listening for this to happen and shutting the mixer off immediately, because it will make a mess! The buttermilk will slosh and splatter everywhere. I know because I did it, then had to spend some quality time cleaning up my mess.
Have a mixing bowl handy with a mesh strainer and cheesecloth ready when this happens and it is time to drain the buttermilk away from the butter. Using the cheesecloth will help separate even more of the buttermilk from the butter solids, giving you the cleanest product possible. Save and refrigerate the buttermilk for use in other recipes.
Cover the butter with water and then mix again. Pour off the cloudy water and add fresh water. Do this until the water remains clear and then discard the excess water. This is rinsing the butter of any excess buttermilk, giving a pure product.
Drain any remaining excess water off of the butter, again using the strainer and cheesecloth.
Store the butter in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
Making homemade butter is actually a really fascinating process. I was captivated watching it happen. It is also a really impressive thing to do with family and friends around. If you ever really want to impress people around you, make crazy simple things like this or even homemade flan. Stuff nobody thinks about making from scratch will make you look like a genius in the kitchen!
Cream starts out as cream. Then it becomes whipped cream. Once the whipped cream stage is surpassed, it will become butter and buttermilk. The buttermilk isn’t the same as commercial buttermilk.
Homemade buttermilk is thinner and tends to taste like vinegar. Commercial buttermilk is cultured or fermented, giving it a much thicker texture and tangy taste. I recommend trying out the homemade buttermilk and deciding which one you like better, just be aware that there are differences.
The color of butter is dependent on what the cow giving the milk is eating. Store bought butter is always the same color because there are additives added to keep it consistent. But don’t worry if your butter looks a little pale or even darker in comparison to store bought commercial butter.
I made this easy homemade butter recipe for the first time on Thanksgiving this year. Once it was done, I separated half of it out to make a whipped cinnamon and honey butter for the rolls. This was promptly inhaled by everyone around the table!
Have you ever tried this easy homemade butter recipe? Would you try it, knowing how easy it is now? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! Check out my other condiment and sauce recipes!
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