Friday, July 2, 2010

Make Your Own Butter

I have tried in the past to plan out things for my kids to do during the summer. This summer, they have had more "I'm bored" time.  I am learning, it is during this "bored" time that kids learn to be creative.  Guitars are picked up and played, pictures are drawn, and crafts are produced.

This week my daughter saw a page in her Little House on the Prairie Activity Book that told how to make butter.  "Can we buy some whipping cream?" she asked me. 

"Sure," I said.

And she took it from there.

She poured the whipping cream in a quart jar.  Then, she put the lid on tightly.
Then she started shaking...and shaking...and shaking... until
butter began to form on the sides of the jar.
Next, she removed the butter to a piece of cloth.
Then, she pressed until all the "butter" milk was drained.
Now the fun part.  Opening the cloth to remove the butter.
Very interesting!!!
She then scraped the butter from the cloth and pressed it into a mold.
And now, we have beautiful butter to serve on our table.
Not bad for someone who was "bored"!!!


Dorothy Adamek said...

What fun! My son and I did this together a few years ago as a homeschooling project. I love 'homemade' stories! Butter, bread, cheese, soap... the list could go on and I would still be reading.
Thanks for sharing a gem from your world.
Dorothy :)

Eileen said...

wow That is so neat. Something i never would have thought of.

Together We Save said...

You may be the best mom ever! You have the best ideas. My youngest would love to live with you. LOL

Sunny Day said...

The idea of making my own butter has always intrigued me. Glad to see that you actually tried it and made butter.

Amy said...

An easier way to get the butter from the buttermilk is to pour the milk out into glass or bowl. The butter needs to be rinsed thoroughly in cold water to get the last of the buttermilk out otherwise the butter can sour. Just knead it for a few minutes under cold running water until the water runs clear.

We always have butter on hand that I make this way.
Love it!


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