The other day I found a great tutorial on making your own butter at home, using a jar and a marble. I was pretty excited and decided this would be a fun activity for my little 21 month old toddler and I. Of course, I didn't bookmark the page. But I remember a lot from it - as well as when my Mom used to make butter when I was a youngster.
Most people use heavy cream right from the store. I used the heavy cream that floated to the top of our raw milk. It was easily accessed by my turkey baster.
The directions I read online said that using a glass jar is risky because it could crack from the marble flying around. I decided to remedy this by wrapping the glass jar in a towel to offer more protection.
It made sense at the time...
I shook the jar for about 10 minutes before inspecting it and noticing a small crack. Oh bugger.
When I opened the lid to change containers, I noticed the milk was already separating into butter!
I switched over to a plastic container and shook the milk for about 5 more minutes. My triceps were starting to burn at that point. Little Olive had abandoned the activity back when I was turkey basting the heavy cream out, so I had been on my own for a while.
When I could no longer hear the marble moving around, I opened up the lid - and there was butter!
I poured off the buttermilk into a separate container, added some salt, mixed it up, and voila!
It's quite yummy. It's much more dark and flavorful than the store bought kind. I added it to some eggs and toast today, and I must say I felt quite like Laura Ingalls out on the prairie.
You don't ever need the marble for this project. It's probably better if you don't, especially if you're using a glass jar.
You can also put the milk in a blender or food processor for faster results.
I also remember "kneading" the extra buttermilk out when making butter with my mom, but I wasn't sure how to do this. If I find out, I'll come back for an edit. :)