“Creamier, Dreamier Butter” E.A.T. #4

I love soft creamy butter….

I have very vague memories of my grandmother on the back porch of her house using a churn to make fresh butter. At times I think I just imagined this image. Other times I am sure it is a true image from early childhood. In late summer this same crockery was used to make pickles. A tallish ceramic crock with slices of cucumbers, vinegar and spices. It is the butter churning that I remember the best. A few years ago before my Mother died I asked her about this memory & she verified that it was very much a true memory.

I never considered making my own butter. I just buy my favorite Kerrygold butter at the supermarket. Recently I had quite a bit of fresh, local cream left over from a photo shoot, as I am not one to be overly crazy about cream in general, I thought of making fresh butter, which I am crazy about. I found lots of how-to recipes on-line. All of them simple & easy. In fact so simple & easy I wondered why I had not made butter before.

Here is a modern recipe for making butter. No churning necessary! It is Easy as This….

For 3 to 4 sticks of homemade butter you will need:

2 pints of fresh cream

a food processor & some cheesecloth

fresh herbs & sea salt for the dressed-up version

Instructions:

1. Pour fresh cream into a food processor.

2. Process cream for about 10-15 minutes. The first wonderful stage happens about halfway through the process…the most beautifully whipped cream I have ever seen. This is how I shall make perfect whipped cream in the future.

3. Keep an eye on the action in the processor. Soon after the whipped cream stage, like magic, the butter will separate from the whey. Turn off the processor.

4. Pour whey & butter through a cheese cloth lined sieve sitting over a bowl. The butter will remain in the cheesecloth. The whey will run off into the bowl. Bunch the cheesecloth up around the butter & twist  to squeeze out most of the remaining liquid. Butter…dreamy…creamy butter ready for spreading, smearing & melting.

5.  I pressed half of my butter into “sticks”, wrapped in wax paper & tied up with string for later use.

6. Into the second half I stirred herbs from my garden & some sea salt to spread on crusty slices of bread, add to a baked potato or to season homemade croutons for a salad.

As I was making this butter I thought of my Grandmother…. about how hard much of life was for her. She made butter, had a garden, chickens to care for, a large family to feed…just what she & her generation of rural, Southern women did. No complaints. My batch of butter took under 15 minutes…made for an urban household where everything is comparatively easy..no large family to feed..made not as a necessity, but simply for the pleasure of the act. It really was as “easy as that”.

Bon Appetit

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19 comments

  1. angelamroberts

    Love this. I’m in that majority of folks who has never made her own butter, but of course, now I want to try. I love thick cold butter on hard crusty bread.

  2. wonderful. I especially love the compound butters. I am intrigued, too, as the last time I used Hatcher’s Cream, it would not whip. (I used a stand mixer.) Maybe I didn’t whip it long enough. Or maybe the food processor is the trick?

    • Nance, I had to make some whipped cream for a shoot this week and tried it again in the food processor…regular Kroger whipping cream…it was gorgeous! Again…this is now my method for all things needing whipped cream. Perfect every time.

  3. I just love to have fallen on this particular post Teresa. To think that Hubby and I actually poured cream into a mason jar and shook the heck out of it until…voila…beautifully creamed butter. After, arm muscle burns, light cursing and lots of laughter…we said “we better enjoy every last spread…because, we’ll NEVER be trying this again.” That was the adventure with homemade butter…sigh.
    Now, I see this…a food processor! I love my gadget…now, how come it never dawned on me to use it to make butter???
    Ohh…Teresa…I guess this is what I get for not being on the blog scenery lately…I’ll hopefully manage to do better in the future ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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