Here’s why you might want to help your kids make butter:
- Keep your kids busy
- Reinforce skills like reading, following directions and hand eye coordination
- Increase kids’ confidence in the kitchen
- Develop kids’ relationship with culinary herbs
- End up with yummy butter or charming gifts for local friends and family
Sound good? Ok, quick, grab your kids and see if they want to get in on this!
-Hand mixer or immersion blender with whisk attachment (pictured)
-Bowl or large jar (pictured is a half recipe in a quart jar)
-Medium sized spoon
-Jars for packaging (Pictured are the 4 oz jam jars with white lids.)
-Labels and hang tags (Pictured is the Picture Perfect style in cherry red, in label shapes 06 rectangle, 28 circle and in hangtag shape 09 oval.)
- 2 pints heavy whipping cream
- Optional: ½ teaspoon salt
- Optional: 2-3 teaspoons fresh culinary herbs, minced (for example: rosemary, thyme, tarragon, basil, dill, fennel or mint)
- Optional: 3 tablespoons honey
- Pour the cream into a large bowl or jar.
- Use a hand mixer or immersion blender with whisk attachment to whip the cream. Keep whipping until the cream separates into liquid (buttermilk) and solid (butter).
- Put the butter in the strainer and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
- Put the butter in a clean bowl and press it with a spoon to remove more water. Continue pressing water out by folding the edges on the top and pressing again. Remove water from the bowl continually during this process.
- When it is hard to remove any more water, you can
- package the butter into jars, OR
- add herbs, honey and salt and use the same process to fold the additional ingredients into the butter. Once the ingredients are fully mixed into the butter, you can package the butter into jars.
- Label the jars with a sweet personalized picture or message to turn your butter into a delicious, memorable gift.