Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Homemade Butter

Look what we made yesterday!

Creatively Blooming: Homemade Butter

We have been checking out Laura Ingalls Wilder’s My First Little House Books from the library, and last week we read Winter Days in the Big Woods.

After reading about how Ma, Mary, and Laura churned butter, I told the kids that we could make our own butter too.

And yesterday was the day.

Charlotte was wiped out on the couch after playing outside in the beautiful warm weather with friends, but Trenton and I were ready to go.

I got a mason jar and poured some heavy whipping cream in (I filled the pint jar about halfway) along with a pinch of salt.

Then Trenton and I got to shaking.

Creatively Blooming: Homemade Butter
 Creatively Blooming: Homemade Butter

Trenton lost interest after about five minutes.  He complained about the jar making his hands cold.  That meant that Momma got to shake the jar for the next 15-20 minutes.  Talk about an arm workout!

It was amazing how one minute I was shaking really thick cream, and the next there was a big blob of butter in the jar with some buttermilk!

We took the butter out, rinsed it off, and put it out on a plate to eat with toast.

Creatively Blooming: Homemade Butter

By this time, Charlotte was waking up and Jarrod was walking in the door from school.  We all had a good time sampling our creamy delicious butter!

I covered the leftover butter and put it in the fridge after we were finished sampling.  It should keep about two weeks – if it lasts that long!


My Traveling Troop said...

I never thought about making homemade butter, but I bet my daughter - who LOVES butter - would squeal in delight if she got to give it a try! So, thanks for sharing!


Laura said...

There is a cookbook with all kinds of fun recipes to go along with the Little House books. My Mon read those aloud to us as kids. They are my favorite!

Jenny said...

It was so neat! I can't wait until my kids are old enough to understand the science behind it too. It would be a great learning experience!

Jenny said...

Oh, I'm going to have to do some searching for this cookbook! It sounds really cool!

Jelli said...

Looks great! What a fun activity to do together with your kids. I love the Little House books. When my baby was first born, I read one of them at every feeding. Sure made for a quick way to get through book, breastfeeding. Thank you for linking up with the Mommy-Brain Mixer this week.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDaniel has been asking me to make this with him. Thank you for showing me how. I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.