Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I have conquered butter!
I have been wanting to try to make butter and haven't had the time till today. Today is cinco de mayo but I had butter on my mind and nothing was going to change that. I had some cream in the fridge that was going to go to waste if it wasn't used up soon. I poured it into a mason jar capped it and let it sit all day. In the evening I grabbed it off the counter and went to watch some tv. I gently shook it while I watched, I wanted to relax not concentrate too much. The cream sloshed back and forth for the first half of the show I wondered if I was doing it right. It got nice and thick and started to coat the inside of the jar. I wondered if it was ready but instead I kept shaking and suddenly I heard a thud. Well just like that it separated into butter and buttermilk. I shook a little more and then headed to the kitchen opened the jar and inside was my butter! I strained out the buttermilk with cheesecloth and then rinsed the butter with water. Kneaded it a little and got nice and buttery then put it into a little butter tub. I of course toasted some bread and shared some with everyone. It was so easy I will probably never buy butter again. I like that I can salt it, or add any flavors I like and know I made it!