Learn to make homemade butter and buttermilk that’s richer, creamier, and more flavorful than storebought options with ease using a mason jar, kitchen aid/stand mixer, and an electric butter churn.
Continue whisking until the cream thickens into what resembles whipped cream, at which point it will separate into butter and buttermilk – keep the latter aside for use in baking or drinking purposes.
Without access to mechanical churns in their refrigerators, there are several quick ways of making homemade butter and buttermilk quickly and efficiently. My preferred method involves whisking milk and vinegar in a bowl until the mixture thickens, showing yellow buttery solids starting to separate from liquid (buttermilk). This process typically takes between five and seven minutes.
Step two entails using lemon juice or vinegar. I personally prefer using distilled white vinegar, while fresh or bottled lemon juice works just as well. The ratio should be 1 cup of milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. If time or resources don’t allow this method, cream of tartar could also work just as effectively.
Your new butter can either be enjoyed as-is or with additional salt added for salted varieties. Before doing either of these steps, however, ensure to thoroughly rinse your solid butter under cold water to rid any leftover buttermilk and prevent quick spoilage of your product.
As soon as your butter has been strained, pour it into a clean bowl and continue kneading it with either your hands or rubber spatula in cold water until all the water runs clear – this will give the butter more shelf life! Once complete, put it onto a plate and sprinkle some additional salt if desired before refrigerating or freezing for later use. This method is an invaluable kitchen technique; perfect when forgetting buttermilk or wanting to save money by creating small quantities at home! This technique makes life much simpler! This method saves both time and money when making small quantities of butter is called for!
2. Ice Water
Buttermilk (or whey) is the liquid leftover after making your own butter and is packed full of protein, water soluble vitamins, sugars and fat-soluble calcium. Buttermilk makes an excellent byproduct from homemade buttermaking as it adds flavor, texture, acidity and versatility to food dishes. Buttermilk may even act as a stand-in for milk in cakes, biscuits and other baked goods!
To make buttermilk at home, simply combine heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until it becomes stiff and whipped, or at least beginning to separate into butterfats and buttermilk. It should only take approximately three minutes; don’t be discouraged if this doesn’t happen right away! It may take as little as one swipe of a dish towel over your work surface or the mixing bowl to protect both yourself and the surfaces from splashes of buttermilk while it beats.
If you don’t have access to an electric mixer or hand-held mixer, another fast and fun way of making homemade butter is shaking it in a glass jar. Not only is this process quick but kids may enjoy participating in it too!
Fill a large bowl with ice water and place the butter inside, swirling to mix before discarding it and replacing with fresh icy cold water as needed to keep the butter cool and the buttermilk separate. After this step has completed, squeeze and knead your butter to release any remaining buttermilk before washing thoroughly – this step helps prevent your butter from spoiling faster in your refrigerator!
Simple ingredients you already have at home – heavy cream, salt and ice water – can combine to produce homemade butter that’s fresher, richer and tastier than store bought varieties! Plus you’ll have an additional treat: buttermilk!
Simply pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat it on medium speed with either an electric hand or stand mixer, until it forms fluffy whipped cream, stiff peaks and eventually starts clinging together and clumping onto your beaters as the butterfat separates from liquid. At this point, stop beating immediately!
As this can become quite messy without an appropriate bowl cover, cover your mixer with a large dish towel to protect it. Expect plenty of buttermilk splatter during this process that only takes minutes!
Shape your new butter into a ball and season to taste (or leave unsalted). For added ease, rinse any leftover buttermilk away in a bowl of cold water until most of it has been eliminated from your mixture – repeat as necessary until water runs clear.
Once washed, butter can be used in recipes that require either plain or flavored butter, such as toast spread with it! Or for something different try flavoring it with garlic, tarragon and parsley, cider vinegar, brandy or lemon to create compound butter flavored butters which add unique flair to sandwiches, baked goods or mashed potatoes!
Homemade butter is easy and delicious! Plus it makes an excellent kitchen science lesson! Kids will learn about emulsion – the liquid oil-in-water mixture found in cream that when shaken or stirred long enough separates out into individual butter molecules. Any leftover whey (buttermilk) can also be used for baking or drinking purposes!
Food processors or electric butter churns can help speed up the separation process, but I prefer doing it by hand for fun with kids watching it come apart more slowly and simply. Pour heavy cream into a leakproof jar with tight lid, screw tightly on lid, shake vigorously until one solid lump of butterfat forms and all whey has been separated out into separate bowls; this should only take minutes!
Once your butter has been made, it’s essential to properly wash it so as to preserve its freshness. Running it under cold water in your sink or returning it to the mixer on high is the most efficient way. Repeat this process until the water runs clear.
Cultured buttermilk or yogurt requires an additional step for making cultured butter; these ingredients contain live bacteria which produce lactic acid and add additional flavor. To do this, combine one tablespoon of cultured buttermilk or yogurt with 1 cup of heavy cream and leave to ferment at room temperature for 24-48 hours before churning.
After mixing, butter and buttermilk will separate into clumps of fat surrounded by liquid, often within seconds. Be mindful to watch for any splashback onto surfaces such as work surfaces, walls or equipment (and your face!). To accelerate this process more easily, drape a large dish towel over the mixer at this time; alternatively remove beaters from mixer and knead butterfat until dry.
Once the buttermilk has been extracted from your homemade butter, it’s time to add the desired flavors. Compound butters can be created using herbs, spices, honey or even roasted garlic as long as they’re drained beforehand or else the extra liquid will interfere with its cooking.
To drain homemade butter, pour it through a strainer or bowl into which a container with holes has been placed to collect any remaining buttermilk. Either save this buttermilk to use later or discard it as soon as it reaches room temperature; be sure to refrigerate immediately in order to preserve its shelf life and extend its shelf life.
Making butter at home might bring back childhood memories or envision pilgrim women bent over wooden churns, but in actuality it’s one of the simplest and easiest ways to produce your own dairy products. A stand mixer combined with some cold water can quickly separate heavy cream into butterfat and buttermilk for use in numerous recipes; plus homemade butter will last just as long as store-bought varieties!