How to make your own Homemade Butter
Most people don’t realize how easy it is to make your own homemade butter, but It’s really quite simple.
The Science behind Butter Making
Butter is made by agitating milk. When milk is agitated for a long period of time, the milk fat globule membranes that encase the fats are broken. This causes the fats to clump together, and separate from the buttermilk. So your goal when making butter, is to break the membrane that encases the fat and separate the fat from the buttermilk.
Back in the good ol days, you had to use a butter churn to do this. But a butter churn requires a lot of work to manually agitate the cream, and who wants to do that. Instead you can just use a blender. It’s much easier, and works quite well.
What you need:
– A blender
– Cup of Ice water
– Salt (optional)
One Step for Making Butter
Pour the cream in the blender, and turn it on. The blender will whip the cream in to whipping cream. When it turns to whipping cream keep blending. After awhile, the cream will break and turn into butter. The whole process takes about 5-10 minutes. You will know when the cream turns to butter because the butter clumps up, and separates from the liquid. After the cream turns to butter, you can drain the buttermilk, and viola you made your own butter.
Optional Step- Keep you Butter Fresh
To keep you butter fresh longer, you can wash it with ice water. After draining the buttermilk, pour some ice water in the blender, and blend a few more minutes. This washes the butter, and makes it last longer.
Salted vs. Unsalted
You can also add salt to the cream if you want salted butter. If you don’t add salt, your butter will be unsalted. I made mine without salt, and it was really good.
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