Make Your Own Butter

Making your own butter tastes great, and is fun to make.  Making your own butter does not take long, it is healthier, and fairly quick to make. A few months ago I was making pumpkin pie. I wanted to have home made whipped cream for the pie. So I added the cream to the bowl, and a few moments later, I ended up with the happy accident of butter. So let us get started. When you make butter keep in mind that the amount of butter you will have is equal to half of the cream used. 1 quart equals 1 pound of butter.

*Fun Fact* Did you know that real butter gets the yellow color from higher levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin E? You can raise the levels of these by ensuring you have a high quality cream that comes from grass fed cows. Very Cool.

What you will need
1 quart of Heavy Cream, or sweet cream, your preference. Many prefer a nice sweet cream.
3 cups of ice cold water
1 Large mixing bowl
1 Hand blender, or a whisk.

Directions
Pour your cream into the bowl
Whisk or blend until you get a thick mass. (About 10 minutes with a mixer)
Tilt the bowl on its side. You will see a bit of milk coming out from the mass. This is buttermilk. Put this liquid in a bowl.
With a metal spatula, or a nice metal potato masher, squeeze out as much of the buttermilk as you possibly can. Put the bowl with the buttermilk in the fridge.
Add 1/2 a cup of ice cold water to the butter. continue to mush the butter mass. You will see a cloudy liquid. Drain this off. This is called washing. It will help your butter last longer.
Continue the washing process for two more times. After the second time, just keep mashing the butter  until you get all of the liquid out.
Add a pinch or two of salt if desired, and fold over.
At this point you can putt your butter in a container. You are now finished.

Home made butter lasts for one week in the fridge. In the freezer you can freeze your homemade butter for six months.

Butter is just that simple. Much of the so called butter that you buy at a store is primarily oil. To cut out loads of calories, and improve your intake of vitamin E and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA (A cancer fighter), you will want to start making your own butter. If you whisk your own butter like I do, you can get in a nice mini work out as well.  Whisking butter is no joke. I remember churning butter at my Aunts house when I was little. That was a work out. Years later is when I whisked my first batch of butter. The taste is unforgettable. Do your body a favor and make some butter.

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