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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!

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing with Sweet Pork Tacos is one of my families most asked for meals. Even the left overs are craved by all the kids!

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A Thrifty Mom’s Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

My kids call this the “yummy green dressing”, they could literally eat it on pretty much anything.  But instead I tend to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing, when we have taco salad or our recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos.  We use to make a  Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing that had a can of salsa verde  in it. But we had trouble with it often having a bit bitter taste. So that is how this new recipe came about.   Be sure to pin it on Pinterest or print it off via the printable version below so you can always find it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side.  Do this a few times to make sure I did not miss anything.

Hints for great Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing will be thin, but it will thicken up after a few hours. Make this dressing several hours before you eat it so that the flavors get better as they have time to blend.  If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it.  Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 3 cups dressing
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side. Dressing will be thin a first but it will thicken up after a few hours. I highly suggest you make this dressing several hours before you eat it. The flavors get better as they have time to blend. If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it. Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

Watch our recorded Live Facebook instructional video on how to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

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We made an earlier version you can check out as well.

On the Sweet Pork Tacos we first posted on them way back in 2010. We then upgraded the recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos and Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

 

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Healthy Homemade Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe, with Lemon cilantro garlic and honey, great on any salad perfect for spring and summer menu plans
Healthy Homemade Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe
We are finally having some beautiful spring weather here. When we have nice weather I eat a lot more salad.  I tend to eat the same salad combos but like to mix it up with different salad dressings.   This smooth and creamy avocado dressing is pretty amazing. I like it on green salad, pasta salad or even a corn and bean salad. Hope you enjoy it too.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (red wine vinegar works too)
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste
Blend everything in a blender or food processor  until smooth and creamy. Add just a bit of water if you would like the dressing a little thinner. I do! Then adjust the salt.
This makes about 1/2 cup or so (give or take). Depends if you like it a little thicker or not. It should last 2-3 days in the fridge – the flavor changes a bit.  Of course you can double the recipe and adjust it to your taste if you tend to like it more or less with the acidity of the lemon/vinegar.
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