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How to make Butter – Homemade Butter in a Jar

How to make butter

It’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid at a youth activity. Making butter at home was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make show them how to make homemade butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily homemade butter!

How to make butter

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

 

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
DIY - Homemade butter in a jar
 
Recipe type: Condiments
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar - with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with
  • home made butter heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then ¾ the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.
  2. It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
  3. home made butter foam
  4. As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream. It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking.
  5. Keep shaking and don't stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don't think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don't worry if you don't think the foam is "churning" or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
  6. Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
  7. home made butter buttermilk
  8. At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the ½ teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter! Enjoy your work!
  9. home made butter bowl
  10. As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.

If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

DIY Make your own Cheese

 

 

IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

 

 

 

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Stuffed Shells recipe

Quick and Easy Cheese Manicotti Pasta dinner recipe

Easy Dinner Ideas, Easy Freezer Meals, Stuffed Shells are a great way to feel a large group with no stressThis is a recipe re-post…. I posted this recipe 3 years ago but recently had a request to post it again.  Hope you enjoy this money saving recipe.

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I decided to cook some Pasta for my family.  To be honest if I am going to eat pasta I prefer home made Alfredo Sauce, but I know that red sauce it good for you. Plus I got it for free so it is a thrifty way to feed my family.  This recipe is one that my whole family loves, and we normally keep all the ingredients in the pantry or freezer.

IMG_1949So I went to my pantry and I had two opened boxes of pasta, both half empty I wanted to use them up.  I used them both to make the same meal with a twist.

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Start your pasta cooking first, (while it cooks you can mix the filling for the shells). I needed to cook both kinds of pasta but the shells need to cook for 5 min longer, so I brought the water to a boil.  Added the shells,  then 5 mins later added the noodles.IMG_1957Add them to the boiling water, they will soften up and slide into the water.  Do not try to push them in or they might break.  Cook according to the box direction.  Do not over cook or they will be mushy, because you need to bake them to.

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Pour your noodles into a strainer so all the hot water drains off. Then  rinse them with cold water so they will be cool enough to handle.  If you are not going to fill them right away you will need to toss a little oil on them and separate them out on wax paper so they will not stick together.

Cheese filling mixture

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In a bowl add:

  • 1 package of ricotta cheese 16 oz
  • 1 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (1/2 cup set aside for top)
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash  or 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg ( sound wierd but really makes it good)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh or dry

IMG_1952Mix till well blended.  Now here is the twist, normally you would just use one box of pasta shells and fill them all.  But I wanted to use up both boxes of pasta so I just made half shells and half cheesy roll ups.

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Take a large scoop of filling and fill the cooked  shell.

IMG_1964Place the shell, cheese side up on a pan with pasta sauce in the bottom.

IMG_1967Now you can use the same filling to make Cheesy roll ups. Spread the filling out in a thin flat layer over the noodle.  Leave the last inch open so the noolde will stick together in the roll.

IMG_1966Roll it up….

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This is what it should look like.  Place seam side down in a pan, with pasta sauce on the bottom.

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Pour your jar of pasta sauce into one large 11×13 pan or you can split it up and pour half into two smaller pans.  I always use two smaller pans, and put one in the freezer.

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Add another 1/2 cup of parmesan on the top

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Cover them both with foil, I put one in the freezer.  Bake the other in a 350 degree oven for 35 mins, take foil off and bake for another 10 mins. ( for a total of 45 mins)

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If you want to change it up a bit you can add, spinach or cooked sausage to the cheese mixture.  My family really enjoys this, hopes yours will too.

You can watch us make it LIVE here

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30 Minute Whole Wheat Pizza Dough,Quick And Easy Dinners, Money Saving Recipes, Quick Pizza Dough Recipe, Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe30 Minute Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe ~ Quick And Easy Dinner by Tiffany

I love homemade pizza! How about you? One night, like most nights, I was in a hurry to get dinner on the table and feed my belly aching, hungry five. I reached for a recipe that I adapted and had played around with quite a bit a while back from allrecipes. This is now one of my “Go To” recipes when I’m in a pinch for time and have five little monkeys screaming, “We’re hungry!” The results were unanimous, thumbs up all around.

*This recipe was tested using a regular round pizza pan and a pizza stone. I highly recommend using a pizza stone with this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more to coat bowl

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let stand until creamy, about five minutes.
  3. Grease a large bowl with olive oil. (Not the 2 tablespoons) Set aside.
  4. In a standing mixer with dough hook attached, combine flours, salt, sugar, olive oil and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth and dough is formed. Transfer dough to greased bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  5. While dough is rising, place pizza stone in the oven to heat it.
  6. Shape dough and place on HOT pizza stone.
  7. Top crust with favorite pizza sauce and toppings.
  8. Bake pizza in preheated 400 degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes or until sides of crust are golden brown.

30 Minute Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe ~ Quick And Easy Dinner
 
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30 Min Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more to coat bowl
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let stand until creamy, about five minutes.
  3. Grease a large bowl with olive oil. (Not the 2 tablespoons) Set aside.
  4. In a standing mixer with dough hook attached, combine flours, salt, sugar, olive oil and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth and dough is formed. Transfer dough to greased bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  5. While dough is rising, place pizza stone in the oven to heat it.
  6. Shape dough and place on HOT pizza stone.
  7. Top crust with favorite pizza sauce and toppings.
  8. Bake pizza in preheated 400 degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes or until sides of crust are golden brown.

 

Make sure you check out these other Yummy recipes too:

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Quick and Easy Homemade Pesto RecipeQuick and Easy Homemade Pesto recipe

 

cheese-pizza-monkey-bread-recipe-1024x678Quick Cheese Pizza Monkey Bread Recipe

 

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chicken taco soup. one pot meals. quick meal ideas. easy meals. chicken tacos. taco soup. quick weeknight meal ideas

Making dinner can be such a pain some nights, right? I know on a weekday when everyone is gone at school, work, sports games and practices, it can be hard to plan a good meal. Sitting down to dinner is important to us, but as the kids get older, sometimes that is not possible. On those nights, I love that this can be ready and warmed up as they get home and get a chance to eat. This is a family favorite in our house and one of the easiest meals to make.

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Recipe:

1 pound cooked, shredded chicken (could also used canned)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 packet taco seasoning mix

1 can chili beans

1 can beans (I have used many different kinds and they all taste great!)

2 cans of water

Drain and rinse your can of beans, but NOT your chili beans.

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Add all to a pot and mix together, making sure your cream soups aren’t lumpy. Bring to a low boil over medium high heat. You are ready to serve.

We enjoy it with some shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream, but you could use any toppings here. It is great scooped up with some tortilla chips, that is my kids’ favorite way to eat it.

This seems to be one meal that everyone will eat and enjoy, which in a family can be hard to find something everyone agrees on!

This also freezes well, so double everything and freeze half for later.

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