How to Make Homemade Butter

This post was originally published on June 27, 2013. Reposting now as the chives will be flowering in a while, and I don’t want you to miss out on homemade chive flower butter…

Empowering ourselves and our children to grow and make our own nourishing foods is a high priority for our family. This is why I was over the moon with a birthday gift from my mom of a vintage glass butter churn.

Yes, making butter is time consuming. Yes, it’s really not less expensive as far as I can tell than buying organic butter (I haven’t done the math yet). And yes, it is a ton of fun and super rewarding.

Today we busted out the churn and got to work making homemade butter. Here is a simple breakdown of the steps we took to make delicious, creamy wholesome butter…
1. Pour heavy cream (whipping cream) into the clean butter churn.

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2. Churn, churn, churn. And churn some more. Making butter is a great group activity and little ones love this step!

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3. You might want to make a brief pit stop at the whipping cream stage for a taste test. Ahem. Perhaps even save some for later. We enjoyed ours with a drizzle of local honey.whipping-creamtasting-whipping-creamsaving-whipping-cream

4. The fats will start forming into little chunks. Stop when you hear sloshing – this means that the butter and buttermilk have separated. Use a strainer to pour off the buttermilk.butter-and-buttermilk

5. Knead the butter to get as much buttermilk out as possible. Drain into buttermilk jar. Cover and store in the fridge for up to a week.squishing-out-buttermilk

6. Wash the butter by adding ice cold water and mashing with a wooden spoon. Drain. Repeat.washing-butter

7. Have a taste and then store butter in the fridge for up to two weeks (as if it will last that long!). At this step you can also add various flavours – chive flowers, citrus, fruit, herbs, garlic, roasted peppers, etc. What’s your favourite flavoured butter?
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This post is part of a link up at Thank Goodness It’s Monday,  Natural Living Mondays, and Unprocessed Fridays on Girl Meets Nourishment.

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