Easy homemade butter recipe. All you need is heavy cream and a Mason jar with a lid.
We use to live in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvania. I miss all the fresh food. The farmer’s markets were filled with freshly butchered meat, homemade cheeses and my favorite. Fresh made butter. I haven’t been able to find anything quite like it around here. So I found this great easy way of making my own. Added bonus, the kids love to help make it so it becomes a fun family activity.
Place 1 cup heavy cream in a large mason jar with a lid. If you like salted butter you can add salt to the jar now or just leave it plain) Secure the lid tightly and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 minutes. Yes, that is along time to shake a jar. That is why we do it together as a family and everyone takes turns. Otherwise your arms might feel like they are going to fall off.
The cream will first get all fluffy , like whip cream. But with more shaking the fat will start to separate and form a ball. once you have a nice formed ball of butter with the milk liquid around it you can stop shaking. strain out the buttermilk and put aside. place the “ball” of butter in the frig to set for about an hour. More of the buttermilk will be in the bottom of the bowl. Strain it out again and your butter is ready.
I like to use the buttermilk to make Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes They taste amazing with the homemade butter on them.