Churning Out Some Fresh Homemade Butter

by ilene on February 23, 2012 · 6 comments

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My friend Esther  blogged about making her own butter last week which I thought was SO COOL!  I’ve always wanted to make homemade butter!  I had almost a full pint of heavy whipping cream in the fridge leftover from Valentine’s dinner and this would be the perfect way to use it up.  Usually what happens is that I’ll just use one or two tablespoons of a carton of heavy cream for a recipe, stick the rest in the fridge, forget about it and then rediscover the carton 2-3 months later and have to pour out the curdled, lumpy, sour liquid down the drain while holding my nose. Bleh!  Churning out some butter was a good way to use up my leftover cream and as a bonus, I don’t have to buy any more butter in Frugal February!  Another bonus is that churning butter produces buttermilk!  Which I can use to make some buttermilk pancakes! Double score!

My 1 pint of heavy cream produced about 3/4 cup of butter.  I decided to make a savory herbed butter with one half of the results and with the other half, I made a sweet honey cinnamon butter:

I basically followed Joy the Baker’s instructions and whipped the butter using the whisk attachment in my kitchenaid stand mixer.  I read other recipes as well and some said to chill the metal bowl in the fridge beforehand and to let the heavy cream set out to room temperature before whipping it.  I did both but I’m not sure if those steps actually made a difference. Its pretty amazing to watch the heavy cream go from liquid form to whipped cream to curdles/buttermilk and finally to creamy solidified butter:

I was almost tempted to stop at the fluffy whipped cream stage and eat it all!!   It took a lot of will power to keep forging on!  All in all, it took about 20 minutes of whipping to get to the butter stage. It was super easy! I would not attempt to this if I didn’t have a stand mixer though.   I saved the buttermilk that was drained and will use it in other recipes later:

After the butter had solidified and come together, I added rosemary, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper to half of it to make an herbed butter:

For the other half, I mixed in cinnamon and honey:

I was so excited about my butter, I decided to rush off right then and buy some bread to eat with the butter!!  I decided to run to the Acme Bread Company at the Ferry Building for some fresh bread.  I arrived all hot and sweaty but I figured if I was going to spend the afternoon consuming large amounts of bread and butter, I better work out beforehand!! I miss our favorite Iggy’s Bread in Cambridge, MA but Acme has a pretty good selection of fresh bread, too.  I got a giant tray of green onion focaccia bread. Rather than run home with a huge loaf of bread in my arms, I took the subway back and got lots of comments from other passengers about the huge loaf that I was carrying.

Anyways, the fresh butter was SO GOOD!!!  It’s so much better homemade!!

The herbed butter was my favorite!

When Jeff came home from work that night, I pretty much tackled him at the door and force fed him spoonfuls of butter! I’m a good wife like that!

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1 cravesadventure February 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Cinnamon Butter – what a clever idea – YUM:)

2 whollykao February 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Yay fresh butter! The cinnamon honey one sounds great–will have to try that next time!

3 frugalfeeding February 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Yay for FrugalFebruary. I should probably start initiatives like that :P. This is a really great recipe and very commendable!

4 kimberlee February 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

About using the beater, this is a great activity at the holidays for the kids who have too much energy. Just put the cream in a jar with a tight lid and throw a clean marble in there and they love to shake it up!

5 Michelle February 24, 2012 at 12:34 am

Hi Ilene! I’m sure you’ve been asked this before – I was wondering how you take such lovely pictures! Do you use a light tent or just always have perfect lighting in your home? : )

6 ilene February 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

haha thanks, michelle!! I wish I was a good photographer! i’m a novice with my dslr and take 100s of pictures, hoping that at least one will turn out well!! I’m lucky that our place has a big west/north facing window where I can stage the photos (using white poster board as background) but I can go to extreme/ridiculous lengths to try to get a good shot! like coming home during my lunch break so that i can take pictures during daylight hours or rearranging our whole weekend schedule around good lighting times. hahaha, I am neurotic like that!!

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