Making Your Own Butter
(scroll down for the recipe)
On episode 23 of the Men in Aprons Show, TheWife and I made our own butter. Honestly, it's not all that difficult a thing to do. All it takes is milk or cream, a container, and a little bit of elbow grease. OK, maybe a little bit more than elbow grease; you might spend 15 or 20 minutes shaking a 6 oz. container.
A Brief History of Butter
What is Butter, exactly
Let me just break it down into simple terms. When you agitate milk, you are bashing the fat molecules together over and over. If you do this enough, they start to stick together. Keep doing this long enough and the fat will stick itself into a giant mass of fat, thus separating itself out of the milk liquid.
If you look at sites like this one, you'll notice all these fancy steps from ripening to aging to butterfat draining and washing. That's a very interesting page of information, but to the home butter maker, all that it just not necessary. So here is the way to make great butter at home in your own kitchen. You can then tell Land O Lakes to shove it.
How To Make Your Own Butter
You will need
Make sure the jar is clean. You might want to chill the jar in the fridge for an hour before hand to help with coagulation.
Fill the jar about two-thirds full with the cream. Shake in a steady motion for about 10 to 15 minutes. The cream will go from liquidy to frothy to very thick and then all of a sudden it will separate and you'll hear a sloshy sound and feel a solid mass of fat lumping around in the jar.
Open the jar, then strain out the milky white liquid. What's left is butter. No joke, you can spread this on your toast directly.