Make Your Own Butter

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Posted: November 19, 2020

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Since we’re all spending a lot of time indoors right now, it’s a great opportunity to get crafty! To give you a little inspiration, Black Creek Pioneer Village is sharing some family-friendly favourites, based on heritage trades and crafts.

Tutorial: Make your own butter

Make your own butter

Step 1: Gather your supplies

You will need:

  • ½ litre of 35% whipping cream
  • a mason jar
  • two bowls
  • a wooden spoon
  • A jug of cold water
  • A good pinch or two of salt

Step 2: Shake it up!

Pour 1/2 litre of whipping cream into the mason jar and close the lid tightly. Begin shaking the jar up and down. You will have to do this for about five minutes. If your arm gets sore, enlist family members to take turns helping!

Step 3: You’ve got butter!

When the liquid and fat have separated, will hear a sloshing sound in the jar. The liquid is buttermilk. The fat is your butter!

Step 4: Mold and wash the butter

Remove the butter and buttermilk from the mason jar and place into a bowl. With a wooden spoon shape and mold your butter into a ball, gently squeezing out any liquid.

Carefully pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl or container. Do not throw this away! You can use it for baking or making pancakes.

Rinse the butter several times with cold water. Repeat until the water runs clear.

Step 5: Salt the butter

To keep your butter fresh longer, mix in approximately 1 tsp of salt.

DID YOU KNOW? Before the refrigerator was invented, salting food helped to preserve it longer!

Step 6: Enjoy!

Enjoy your homemade butter on a piece of bread, or use in a recipe for cookies or cake. Store your butter in a container in the refrigerator.

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