So, let me first start by saying that we end up doing these things purely because we have a tendency to forget to pick stuff up, and I get all stubborn about it, insist I’ll do it myself.
This did not turn out so well with the mayo. Kurt says it did, but I wasn’t pleased with the consistency. I will be doing that again, until I get it right.
I like doing things like this, because I love knowing exactly what is in my food, and plus, there’s something really empowering about not being dependent on “the store”, whatever the store may be.
So, this morning, when I was making breakfast and realized we were out of butter, I thought, “Okay, everyone says this is easy.”
It is. I don’t think it’d be a really cost-effective way of doing things, the price of the cream being what it is and all, but, if it’s worth it to you- the butter you make is definitely better tasting. So, at-home butter making is probably not so much a frugal thing, unless you have cows. (Or goats? Would goat butter be gross? I like goat cheese, but I can admit it’s a little strong.)
So, first things first, the supplies.
Heavy whipping cream. Now, if you’re just doing it on the fly like I did, just to have a little bit for your toast or whatever- you don’t need very much. I used about a cup and a half. From what I’d read- you get about half as much butter as the amount of cream you use, so plan accordingly. So, say you use about a quart of cream, you’ll end up with about a pound of butter, leaving 2 cups of buttermilk.
I’ve got this really awesome hand-crank food processor, which is what I used to do this.
You can definitely use an electric beater, but honestly, it wasn’t necessary. Someone on FB mentioned using a jar and shake method, but I wondered about the separation factor.
It starts to get a little chunky like.
At this point, Sprog 2 decided that it must be easy. I guess I made it look easy. He went to try…
And, once we were finished, I asked him the question I always ask, “So, what did you learn from this?”
“Not to make Mom so mad she hits.”
….eeeeerp. Not exactly what I was going for there, kiddo. (I don’t hit. LOL)
And, it was a definite win.
In terms of making your own, I think this was so far, my favorite- awesomely easy and has a wealth of possibilities in terms of what you could add to it. The cogs and gears are already whirring. 🙂