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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It 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 butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made 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
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

 

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Copy Cat Red Robin Burger, The Best Burger Recipe, Money Saving RecipesOne of my very favorite places to eat is Red Robin. Just about every time we go I order the Banzai Burger or their yummy chicken wraps. I decided to create one of my favorites in the comfort of my own home and the results were down right scrumptious!  I added sauteed onions to my creation, typically Red’s, doesn’t have onion on their Banzai Burger, but every time I order it they do! I think it adds an extra little somethin’ somethin’. I hope you enjoy this juicy, mouth watering burger, grilled to perfection, smothered in teriyaki sauce on a bed of lettuce, topped with sauteed sweet onions, grilled pineapple, fresh garden tomato and a slice of Tillamook cheddar cheese. I totally just made myself hungry! ;) Enjoy.

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Ingredients For Burger

  • ground beef, desired amount
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • lettuce
  • sliced pineapple, grilled, desired amount
  • fresh garden tomato, desired amount
  • 1 large walla walla onion, sliced, desired amount (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, to saute onion slices
  • cheese slices, we use Tillamook brand, desired amount
  • hamburger buns, desired amount

Ingredients For Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. Shape ground beef into desired sized patties, season with fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt on both sides. Grill to desired doneness. Meanwhile prepare terriakyi sauce by combing soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine, ground ginger, garlic powder, honey and corn starch in a medium sauce pan. Whisk over medium heat until sauce becomes slightly thickened. About 10 minutes. (Sauce gets thicker as it cools.) Remove burgers from grill and slather sauce on both sides of burger. Layer on bottom burger bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, burger, saute onions, grilled pineapple, tomato, cheese slice and top with bun. Serve.

Notes: Cover and stick in the fridge any remainder left over teriyaki sauce to use for future use. Recipe for sauce makes approx. 2 cups.

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What do you do with Large Zucchini? Make Zucchini Relish

Grind /  Grate  Coarsely:

  • 10 cups Zucchini
  • 5 cups Onions
  • 5 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Red pepper – (green is good option too)

Let stand over night then drain, rinse and rinse again.

Then add:

  • 2 1/4 cups vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp  Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Celery Salt

Boil 30 mins or until tender,  put in a canning jar and place seal and ring on top. Yield 8 pints

If you grate small Zucchini use entire Zucchini. If you use large Zucchini just cut in half and with a spoon scrape out seeds.

You will need to water bath the jars for  for 15-20 minutes, take out and let cool on counter.  They will “pop and seal” as they cool.

Thanks to my Aunt Lawana who lives in the mountains of Cascade for this recipe.  She taught me to make it when I was first married and Matt absolutely loves it!  It is a great way to use up the zucchini that got away and are to large for other things.

 

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