When I think of fresh butter I think of sitting down on a chair with a wooden barrel wedged between my feet as I spend countless hours churning it. Uh, no thanks. That doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me.
I don’t remember how we got on the conversation but my mother and I were discussing some ways I could save some money and make a few things myself. I thought I had pretty much everything I could covered. I don’t buy fruits and vegetables unless they are in season. When they aren’t, I but frozen or canned. I buy dried beans and I don’t buy instant rice. As for cereals, when I do buy it, I buy off brand or slow cooking oats. I scrimp anyplace I can.
The only place I can’t really save more money on are the dairy products. I do buy farm fresh eggs from local farmers when we have the extra cash, but most times I just have to wait for eggs to go on sale at the market. I don’t buy butter unless it is on sale and if it’s not, we either cook without; using olive oil instead, or I will buy some margarine until I we can afford butter again.
When mother dearest said all I needed to was put some cream in a jar and shake it.
I thought she was kidding.
I headed to the store and I picked up some cream. I passed on the heavy whipping cream; while its low it carbs and has some good fats, I just didn’t want the extra calories. So I picked up a small pint of ultra-pasteurized to save some calories. I started with a small pint because I wasn’t sold on the that idea that this will work.
I just poured the cream in the jar, put the lid on super tight and started shaking. I traded arms every 5-10 minutes. It was a great workout, let me tell you. After about 45 minutes it started to get thick and clumpy.
My arms kept shaking. Then something weird started to happen.
It started to thin down. I started to panic thinking I had shaken it for too long. I opened the lid and all I could see was some milky liquid at first and then I tipped it to the side.
All of the sudden I saw some golden glory.
The skies had opened.
I put the lid back on and shook for another 15-30 minutes.
By the time I was done shaking, there wasn’t much liquid left.
Poured it all into a glass bowl, added just a tiny dash of salt and mixed it up.
I’m telling you, this was the best butter I have ever tasted in my life.
Everyone loved it so much…was bit that was made didn’t last long!
Would love to tell you that I’ll be making my own butter from here on out….but….yeah.
But, in all fairness the next time I went to go get cream the shelves were empty due to some shortage the farmers were experiencing.
Hopefully they will have some next trip.
I can’t tell you enough that it tastes yummmm-mazing. 🙂