Even though I am a Southern girl through and through, I have never lived on a farm. As a matter of fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I have set foot on a farm. I cannot recall ever having laid hands on a churn, so making homemade butter is a pretty foreign concept for me.
I know the basics of butter-making mechanics -- agitate heavy cream until the fat separates from the liquid. I figured I could do it with my Kitchenaid and I was right. It only took about 20 minutes. Then I stood back from my big bowl of homemade butter and said "Look, Ma! No hands!"
So this post is a little different from all the others so far. No recipe. No measurements. No times. No precision. This is all about just sitting and watching your mixer do the work for you while the great transformation from cream to butter happens.
Start with heavy whipping cream. It doesn't matter how much you have, so long as it's enough for your mixer to turn to whipped cream. Keep in mind that this is one of those cases where the quality of your ingredients really determine the quality of the final product. Splurge and use some good quality cream. The higher quality the cream is, the better your butter will taste.
|cream starting to get lumpy|
|fat and liquid separated|
About a minute after your liquid separates from the fat all those little blobs will start to come together into a cohesive mass. You can turn off the mixer when the butter comes together in your whisk as a semi-sold mass.
|butter in the sieve, buttermilk in the|
If you want flavored butter, this is where you would add those ingredients. Move your butter back into the bowl of the mixer and, using the paddle attachment, mix in anything you would like. You can add a little salt, some herbs, dried fruit, fruit preserves, lemon zest, chopped nuts, spices, hot sauce, etc....
Pour the liquid from your butter making in a lidded bowl or jar. It's buttermilk. You can drink it or use it in recipes just like the stuff you get from the grocery store.
Let me know if you make any fabulous butter. If you try it, I wanna hear about it. I'm still trying to decide what to do with mine. I'll let you know soon.