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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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Free back to school printable

free back to school printable is a perfect way to celebrate at home. Or makes a good teacher gift.Free back to school printable

It is that time of year again! Kids are headed back to school. Some are excited about it, others, not so much.  I have some of each in my house. I am excited for them though. It’s fun to think of the new things they will learn and the friends they will make.

Here is a fun printable for you to enjoy! Click here back to school to download the pdf. Just select it, save to your computer and then send to your favorite printer. You can also click the photo below and save it to your computer. I have found that sometimes the pdf prints better, but not all printers will print a pdf version. Either should be fine.

I love decorating for each season but it can be expensive. Having a frame that you change out with printables for each season and fun event during the year is a thrifty, fun way to add some seasonal flair to your home, office, classroom, etc.

I think it would be cute with some fun school supplies for a beginning of the year teacher gift also. Print it small and make it into a card, throw in a gift card or something else your teacher will love and you have a thrifty gift in almost no time at all.

So now that it is back to school, it’s time to get back to a routine and order. I am looking forward to that aspect of it, even if the thought of getting up at six in the morning every day isn’t my favorite thing LOL. So good luck and I hope this is your best year yet!

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8 Reasons you need an electric pressure cooker

If you are on the fence about whether you should invest in these hot little pots, you are going to want to read this post. If you don’t know about these pots, let me fill you in, and then you will definitely want to grab one too.

 Electric pressure cookers have been around for a while now. They are electric, and don’t require your stove. Some of them, like my favorite the Instant pot have multiple options allowing you to customize your meal and settings more. They cook food in a fraction of the time of traditional cooking methods.

Instant Pot Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Instant pot

Now on to why you want to get your hands on one of these wonderful creations.

  1. As I mentioned above, electric pressure cookers cook food fast. For example, a rack of ribs would take a few hours on the grill, but it is done in 18-20 minutes and is fall off the bone tender. A whole chicken is also done start to finish in about 20 minutes as opposed to hours in a roaster.
  2. Cooking in a pressure cooker traps the heat in giving you a more even, quicker cooking time. . It goes to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, but the steam builds up in the pot creating pressure, and holding in the heat, allowing the food to cook evenly and quickly.
  3. Saves you money on meat.  Because of the ability to keep meats so tender, you don’t have to spend the money on the more expensive cuts of meat. Buying the cheaper cuts still works great and gives you yummy dishes.
  4. More nutritious foods. Using an electric pressure cooker allows you to keep your nutrients in your food. Veggies cooked in a pressure cooker keep  most of their color, nutrients and taste compared to stove top or microwave cooking. This is due to a couple of factors. Cooking them in the pot means they require less liquid so you aren’t losing your flavor in the water. The evaporation is next to none because of the sealed top, so you don’t lose them that way either. They are also cooked so quickly in the pressure cooker that there is very little time for those nutrients to leak out, as they would being cooked in other methods. Plus, the food is being cooked in a more natural way then being put in a microwave.
  5. Faster than ordering pizza or takeout. No more excuse that you don’t have time to get a healthy, home cooked meal on the table because you forgot to thaw something out before you left for the day. You can pressure cook frozen meats too. This will save you on takeout foods and your health will thank you. Frozen or thawed, your dinner will be on the table before the pizza is even delivered.
  6. Don’t heat up your house this summer by using the oven! This might be my favorite reason for using my favorite kitchen tool of all of them. I cook for my family most nights, but it is hard to do so when turning on the oven heats the whole house up. I am not a fan of many crock pot dishes, so that isn’t my favorite method. But in the pressure cooker, I can cook something tasty up without heating up the whole house or standing over a hot stove top.
  7. With the options out there, there is a pressure cooker for everyone. Between the sizes (average is a 5-6 qt but you can get them up to 8 qt), features and brands, there is something for every budget, family size or taste.
  8. You can use it for virtually everything. From hard boiled eggs that peel like a dream and are done in a few minutes, to cheesecake that is rich, decadent and ready to eat in no time, the possibilities are practically endless. If you can cook it, chances are it can be adapted (or you can find an adaptation someone else has already done for you online) to work in an electric pressure cooker.

I use my pot at least 3 times a week most weeks. The only complaint I have is that I don’t have two of them to cook my main dish and sides at the same time. But that will be remedied soon.

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Easy, Quick, Father’s Day Card

Father’s day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without a card for the Dads in your life!  This card is super simple so the kids can do it, and is versatile.  Use white paper for a dress shirt, plaid for an ever day shirt, or maybe even a Hawaiian print for the dad who likes the islands!

You will need:

2 of the same papers of your choice (Just standard sized)

If doing a dress shirt pick a coordinating piece of paper for the tie

Scissors

Glue stick

Buttons if doing a casual shirt, your tie will cover if you are doing a dress shirt

Begin by folding one of your sheets of paper in half.  Now, cut a strip off of the other paper for the collar.  It doesn’t need to be super wide.  If you are doing a printed paper that is not printed on both sides, you will want to cut your strip twice as wide as you want it and fold it in half, print side out.  This way the inside of the collar matches the rest of the shirt.  Fold it so it looks like this.

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Now glue your collar on to the front of your shirt by placing the back against the top of the card, and gluing the collar pieces down to the front of the card.  It should stay that way.

If you are doing a dress shirt, cut the tie out of your paper you have for that.  If you are doing a casual shirt, glue your buttons to the front.  Now you will want to cut a pocket out (again for the casual shirt).  Make it shaped like this:

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Now you are ready to add a sentiment to the inside of your card, and you are done!  Now you have a cute shirt card for the Dad you love!

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