A few days ago I came across a post on Make and Takes about making butter! It looked like fun so I decided to give it a whirl. We started with some heavy whipping cream...
...poured half the carton in a canning jar with a tight lid and started shaking it... and shaking it and shaking it. It thickened up to the consistency of whipped cream pretty quickly. After about 10 minutes it looked like this:
About 5 minutes later it had formed into a ball of butter, floating in buttermilk!
Josh found a website that suggested shaking it up in some ice water, so I drained out the buttermilk, poured about a cup of water with a couple of ice cubes in the jar and shook it up a little longer. This is called washing the butter. When I pulled it out looked like this:
Isn't it beautiful? I made butter!! Woohoo! Throw in some salt, and it is good to go!
Just to follow along with the spirit of the original experiment, I did turn the other half into whipped cream...
Which two little girls found hard to keep their fingers out of! So there you have it... one pint of heavy whipping cream= 3 yummy by-products!
p.s. Josh poured the buttermilk in the grits we were eating for dinner... oh so creamy!