You might recall almost two weeks ago when I mentioned how inspired I was by Kate of Longest Acres to make my own butter. Well, I finally did it! I bought some heavy cream and made my own butter! I can't even describe how proud I was of myself at that very moment when the whipped cream became butter. I decided to add some flavor to my homemade butter too. Read on to learn how to make your own...
What you'll need:
- heavy cream
- immersion hand blender
- your choice of ingredients for flavoring (optional)
Using my hand blender, I whipped the cream until it turned to whipped cream. After about 15-20 minutes, the whipped cream "broke" into butter. I could tell this had happened because all of a sudden the smooth whipped cream formed two substances: the chunky butter and the buttermilk. You can see this in the photo below...
If you've never made butter before, I strongly urge you to read Kate's post about this process as well. She's definitely more skilled than I am and shares a lot of helpful tips.
I then drained the buttermilk from the butter. I tried to squeeze as much of the buttermilk out as possible.
At this point, I added a little salt because I prefer my butter salted. I then got my flavoring ingredients ready. I chopped strawberries and sun dried tomatoes and I zested an orange.
I divided my butter into 3 parts and added the ingredients. I have no specific measurements for this because I just added them until I liked the taste. I found that the strawberry was difficult to mix and didn't have a especially strong taste. The orange was good but my favorite was definitely the sun dried tomato.
I wrapped a little of each flavor in parchment paper for my Mom to try. Don't you think these would make perfect little gifts?