Cooking with Kids: How to Make Butter

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We were recently treated to homemade butter at a friend's house and it was the best thing we'd tasted in ages (the raspberry muffin it rode in on may have helped, too). It never occurred to us to make butter, but apparently it's super easy and a great kitchen project to try with kids.

We found plenty of online resources for making butter and they all focus on one thing: shaking your groove thing. That's right, making butter involves lots of shaking which is really fun for kids. It can be tiring so the more kids you have on hand to share shaking duties the better. (If you're in a hurry, you can always use a food processor, but really now where's the fun in that?)

Okay, are you ready for the complex instructions?

  1. Find a jar with a lid.
  2. Pour in heavy cream and close lid.
  3. Shake
  4. Keep shaking
  5. Realize your biceps aren't what they used to be.
  6. Hand off shaking duties to a child.
  7. When the cream has thickened and become, well, buttery, drain off the remaining buttermilk (around 20 minutes depending on fitness level or number of child helpers).
  8. Refrigerate to harden a bit.
  9. Serve to friends and brag!

That's the basic gist of it. There are some variations (adding a pinch of salt for one) and you can find tons of instructions by plugging in "make butter" or "homemade butter" into any web search engine. Or, if you're lazy, you can check out Oishii Eats or Instructables.

(Image via Oishii Eats.)

MORE Butter Making from The Kitchn:

  • Recipe: D.I.Y. Butter

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