How is it that butter just makes everything taste that much better? These days, there are plenty of artisan producers making quality butter in small batches. But if you have the time, churning your own butter will offer great rewards and be super satisfying!
Butter is made from cream so the quality of the milk used plays a big role. Grass fed cows produce sweeter tasting cream which, in turn, makes extraordinary butter. All you need is a good food processor and fresh cream – its really that simple!
Start with room-temperature cream and place it in your food processor, a quart of cream will do just fine. The cream will spin around the bowl, thicken and turn into whipped cream, then separate into milk solids and buttermilk. The little yellow solids are your butter. It only takes around five minutes for a small batch. Use a sieve over a bowl to separate the solids and buttermilk. Save the buttermilk and use it however you’d like later…we’re seeing some pancakes in our future!
Rinse your butter under cool water and move it around because the more you rinse the longer your butter will last. You will want to remove all of the excess buttermilk and rinse until the water runs clear. If you prefer salted butter, add a little sea salt in small doses making sure it’s to your liking. Salt will also help preserve your butter so it’s truly the perfect addition! Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can get even more creative and add other ingredients like garlic or chives. Give it a try and let us know what you think!