Think of this as a science project that illustrates how a liquid can transform into a fatty solid. A delicious science project that requires a lot of elbow grease.
You will need
- 2 c. heavy cream
- A glass jar with a lid
- 1 clean glass marble
- A large mesh strainer
- A bowl
- Clean hands or a spoon
- Parchment paper or a butter bowl
- And a refrigerator
- 1⁄2 tsp. salt
- A slice of bread
- fresh or toasted
Step 1 Pour cream Pour the cream into the glass jar.
Step 2 Add marble Add the marble and close the jar tightly.
Step 3 Shake Shake. And shake. And shake some more. Now… continue shaking.
Step 4 Keep shaking After several minutes, the cream will start giving off its liquid and getting chunky; this indicates the butter is starting to form. Keep shaking!
Step 5 Pour into strainer When you can see lumps of butter in a milky liquid, pour the contents of the jar into a strainer set over a bowl.
The liquid that drains through is actual buttermilk. Use it for pancakes or ranch dressing.
Step 6 Extract liquid With clean hands or a spoon, press on the butter in the strainer, extracting whatever liquid remains. Let it drain.
If you prefer salted butter, add a teaspoon of salt and blend it in.
Step 7 Chill butter Remove the butter from the strainer. Roll it into a log and wrap it with parchment paper or press it into a pottery bowl, and chill it in the refrigerator.
Step 8 Spread butter For an immediate treat, immediately spread the fresh butter on the most delicious bread you can find. Your hard work paid off!
Did You Know:
You’d need 21 pounds of fresh cow’s milk to make just one pound of butter.