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Apr 2, 2014 10:26 AM

Home made butter anyone?

Does anyone make home made butter?

Could you share you recipe? and indicate how long it lasts in the fridge?

Thanks :)

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  1. There are a couple of videos on Chow, 'make butter in your blender' and 'how to make your own butter'. Not sure how to make links here.

    It's super easy. We made it once in elementary school by shaking up heavy cream in a mason jar. It was so good. :)

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    1. re: thingmaker

      You can just paste in the address of the page you want to link to and it will automatically become a link:

    2. Not really a recipe more of a technique. Basically blend heavy cream until it reaches desired consistency. I use an electric hand beater. It doesn't yeild a lot so typically it is used up before the cream has expired. I would assume it lasts at least as long as the cream is supposed to. I like to add salt. You can make it as creamy or as hard as you like. It will harden more as you cool it.

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      1. re: melpy

        It will last a long longer than that (and don't get me started on "expired" dates). Homemade butter will last as long as any other butter as long as it's handled and stored properly (made using clean vessels and tools and kept in a clean, air-tight container).

        As for recipes, in addition to making butter from regular cream, you might want to try making it with cultured cream.

          1. re: Allenkii

            Cultured cream is cream that has some kind of bacterial culture (like yogurt or cultured buttermilk or a yogurt or buttermilk starter) added to it and allowed to develop.

            This is a really good primer about the history of buttermaking:

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            This is why I said i assumed AT LEAST. I usually use up homemade butter in a week so I've never tested it out.

        1. If you have young children, there's a thing you can buy that is like a hamster ball that has a jar for the cream contained inside it. The idea is for the kids to roll the ball around on the floor/ground until the cream turns to butter.
          I have no idea what it's called, saw it on PBS's Pati's Mexican Table.

          ETA: On second thought, I think it was a gadget for making ice cream, not butter.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I have a vivid memory of making butter in kindergarten. It involved cream and a jar that everyone took turns shaking. We each tasted some on a saltine, and I will never forget how delicious it was. You don't need anything but a jar to shake...

              1. re: roxlet

                We did this, as well, while sitting out on the lawn outside our school when I was in grade one to three. It was a special treat for a sunny, late spring day when the snow had finally melted. We even spread it on saltines!

                My memories are also surprisingly vivid. I remember one year two of the boys were tossing the jar back and forth to see if that worked as well as shaking it, and they dropped it. Fortunately, even with the snow melted off, the ground wasn't that hard, so it didn't break.

              2. re: greygarious

                When my kids were little, we had a farm and milked cows. I would put fresh cream in a jar. The kids would sit on the floor and roll it back and forth till it became butter. Fun for them, and great for me!

                1. re: greygarious

                  A plastic jar works just as well as a glass jar, as long as it has a well fitting lid.

                  It is a great way to keep kids busy while you are finishing up the big family Easter or Thanksgiving meal. Then they can serve 'their' butter with the meal.

                2. The most important thing is to press the butter to remove all of the liquid that tends to get stuck in the butterfat. Doing so greatly extends the butters shelf life.

                  1. here's the recipe..

                    empty and clean a two litre bottle of Coke.

                    Fill it with a pint of heavy cream. Replace cap on 2 litre bottle. Shake it like the Dickens for 5 minutes. Cut bottle open and remove butter.