Since you probably don't have a churn handy (and if you do, you probably
already know how to make butter), this is a recipe for making butter in your blender.
Take a quart of fresh cream (or, if you don't happen to have a dairy cow,
buy a quart of heavy whipping cream from the store) and let it sit at room temperature
until it reaches about 55 degrees.
Put it in your blender or mixer, and turn the speed down to the slowest it can
go. This is important! You'll have whipped cream if you go too fast!
Eventually (anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours, depending upon the cream and
the temperature of the cream) the butter will "break" and you will hear
a sloshing in your mixing bowl. If you look you will see tiny grains (or larger
blobs) of what looks like it could possibly butter. The rest of the liquid is called "buttermilk"
(not the cultured kind you buy from the store). Strain it away from the butter,
keeping the butter in the bowl. Save the buttermilk for baking or drinking. It's
just de-fatted milk.
Put a little water in your bowl and mix it again with your mixer or blender.
This is "washing" the butter. Drain the water off. Do this several times
until the water drains clear (not cloudy).
Now you need to "work" the butter, to get out any remaining buttermilk.
A wooden bowl which has been soaked in cold water is best. That's because the
butter won't stick to the sides. When I first started I just used a plate. Use
a wooden spoon or butter paddle (that has also been soaked in cold water) and (for
lack of a better term at the moment) squish the butter/scrape it into a blob...squish
the butter/scrape it into a blob... over and over until no more buttermilk squeezes
Now you have butter. If you have a butter mold, you can make a fancy block of
butter. I usually put mine in a small butter crock. Before I had a butter crock
I just wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge.
You gotta try it just once!
Posted by Cookin'Mom at Recipe Goldmine 10/25/2001 8:40 pm.