Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bippity Boppity BUTTER!

Apologies for the lack of posts the last few weeks!  We've been battling diarrhea and RSV in our house.  Fun.  I've started like five different projects, but haven't finished them.  Obviously I can't post an unfinished project. LOL.

But anyway.  Today I made butter.

Yes, butter.

And no, I don't have a churn.  But I do have a KitchenAid mixer!

I got the idea from my brother-in-law who made some over Easter week.  When he told me how easy it was, I knew I just had to try it.  It's not cheaper than buying butter from the store, but it's more about the fun of making it, I think. ;)

All you need is heavy whipping cream... and salt, if desired (I didn't use any).

Pour the cream into the mixer and let it go on 'whipping' speed.  It'll make whipped cream pretty quickly, but let it keep going.  

Pretty soon (maybe like 8-10 minutes in), you'll hear the mixture start sloshing around and you'll see the has butter separated from the buttermilk.  And here is where I failed with the picture-taking. :|

Drain off the buttermilk.  You can save it, but I didn't.  I should have, but I just didn't.  Another fail, I guess.  Knead the butter to get rid of the rest of the buttermilk.  Then I rinsed the butter, kneaded some more, and repeated a few times.

See how pretty and yellow it is?  After it was finished being kneaded to death, I stuck it in the fridge.  And washed my hands.  So greasy!

-sigh- I wish I had some fresh homemade bread to slather it on... but I don't. :/ Guess I'll have to settle for the store-bought type.

(Post title is an inside joke in my hubby's family, adapted from Jim Gaffigan.)

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