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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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How to make Freezer Corn – Sweet Corn Recipe

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I had a friend ask me how to make Freezer Corn so I thought I would share this post again. As you can tell by the photos this post was written and first published several years back.  Look how cute and little my kids are 🙂 But I did update it with some better images of the finished product, feel free to pin them!

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Growing up in large family, my Mom made sure we knew how to take our produce and can or freeze it.  So I learned how to make freezer corn at a young age.  In doing this we were able to save hundreds of dollars a year.  My Dad is a farmer, he normally grows  corn that is called field corn, which grows VERY tall.  It is grown to chop up, stalks and all to feed to our dairy cows.  But my Dad also grows a few large rows of sweet corn, which my whole family looks forward to every year.  If you have ever had fresh tender sweet corn picked right from the field, it is so yummy.  Nothing like what you buy from the store.

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This year my Dad picked me a large sack of corn.  It is now time for me to teach my little ones how to make freezer corn, just as my parents taught me.  So we shucked the corn out on the lawn, to keep the mess outside.  My kids were such good little helpers!  They got the giggles every time one of the ears of corn had lots of corn silk, they would say ” yuck I got a hairy one”

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After about 30 mins we were able to bring the cleaned corn back into the house to get it ready to cook.

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In a large pot bring you water up to a boil, then add in your corn.  In my pot I was able to do about 10 at a time.  The corn is cold so it will take a minutes for the water to start to boil again, after it comes back to a boil cook it for 3-5 minutes.

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After 3-5 mins, take out of the pot and  put in a sink full of ice water.  This will cool the corn down and let you handle it better.

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After a few minutes in the ice water, take out and put on a towel to drain the water off.

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Take your knife and run it down the corn cob and cut all the corn off.

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I then take about 2 1/2 cups of corn, and put it into a quart sized freezer bag.  Try to get out as much of the air as you can, then seal it closed.  They will need to lay flat till they are cooled to room temp. At this point you just need to write the date on it and stack it in your freezer.  I was able to get 21 bags of corn.  This is one of my families favorites, and we look forward to eating it over the next year!

When you get ready to cook it, take it out of the freezer. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, but I do not normally think ahead like that. So I cook it a glass container with a lid on high for 5-7 minutes.  I season it with butter, salt and pepper and sometimes a little bbq sauce.

Update* Now that my family has grown, I put 4 cups into a gallon freezer bag.  This is enough for a side for a larger family.

022It did take some work, but it was FREE and well worth the time. Hope you take the time to try this out, not that you know how to make freezer corn.

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No Knead Bread Recipe, Butter Roll recipe, Easy Dinner Rolls made from scratch, how to make dinner rolls, how to shape crescent rollsNo Knead Bread Dinner Roll Recipe – My Thrifty Roll Recipe

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IMG_1929I know that there are thousands of bread recipes.  But  I love this recipe, it is quick easy and so far fail proof.  I have made it hundreds of times and they always turn out,  so in my book it is a keeper! I also like it because you do not have to knead the dough.  I have a lot of problems with pain in my wrists, so it works best for me.  My girls and I love cooking together, some times it would be faster or less messy without their help…. but I feel it is best to let them help while they are still eager to learn.

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In large bowl add

  • 2 cups warm water ( if it is too hot or too cold…you will kill the yeast.  So make sure it is warm)
  • 2 TBS yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Give it a few minutes in the bowl, to make sure your yeast is working.

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Then add:

  • 3 eggs whipped lightly
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sometimes I add 1/2 cup of apple sauce to make them extra moist, in place of part of the butter.

Mix well….

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Start to whisk in the flour one cup at a time ( for a total of 6 cups) you will also need 1/2- 1 cup  when you shape the rolls.

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You will need to switch over to a spoon to mix with,  on about cup 4 of flour.

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Dough WILL be sticky, scrap down the sides of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel…I use both.

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Set aside in a warm place, (like a sunny window seat) and allow to raise.  Till doubled in size. ( if you are in a hurry let rise 20 mins other wise let it rise 60 mins).  Works best to wait the full 60 mins.

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Take off the plastic wrap, punch down to get the air out.  You will need to dust with flour.

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Take out HALF the dough, spread on floured counter top. With your hands make  into a circle.  Keep dusting with flour so it is easy to work with. ( do the same with the other half of dough) I have found it is just easier to work with only half at a time.

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Cut into wedges, and roll up in to crescent roll shape.  Or you can just make balls  in the shape of dinner rolls.

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Place them on a greased pan, Bake 400 degrees 10-12 mins

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Once cooked, brush a bit of butter on top to give them a nice shine.  Take off baking sheet, cool on cooling rack.

Last but not least enjoy!

No Knead Bread Recipe, Butter Roll recipe, Easy Dinner Rolls made from scratch, how to make dinner rolls, how to shape crescent rollsPrintable Recipe Card

No Knead Bread Dinner Roll Recipe
 
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No Knead bread dinner rolls. Super easy to make and you can use normal All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour too.
Cuisine: American
Serves: 32 dinner rolls
Ingredients
  • 2 cups warm water ( if it is too hot or too cold...you will kill the yeast. So make sure it is warm)
  • 2 TBS yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs whipped lightly
  • ¾ cup melted butter (or do ½ cup butter and ½ cup apple sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups All Purpose or Bread flour works, may need more or less depending on dough.
  • ½-1 cup flour to use when you shape the dinner rolls before you bake them
Instructions
  1. First mix:
  2. cups warm water ( if it is too hot or too cold...you will kill the yeast. So make sure it is warm)
  3. TBS yeast
  4. /2 cup sugar
  5. Give it a few minutes in the bowl, to make sure your yeast is working.
  6. Then add:
  7. eggs whipped lightly
  8. /4 cup melted butter
  9. teaspoon salt
  10. Mix well....
  11. Start to whisk in the flour one cup at a time ( for a total of 6 cups)
  12. You will need to switch over to a spoon to mix with, on about cup 4 of flour.
  13. Dough WILL be sticky, scrap down the sides of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel...I use both.
  14. Set aside in a warm place, (like a sunny window seat) and allow to raise. Till doubled in size. ( if you are in a hurry let rise 20 mins other wise let it rise 60 mins). Works best to wait the full 60 mins. But I let it rise as long as 3 hours before.
  15. Take off the plastic wrap, punch down to get the air out. You will need to dust with flour.
  16. Take out HALF the dough, spread on floured counter top. With your hands make into a circle. Keep dusting with flour so it is easy to work with, do the same with the other half of dough. I have found it is just easier to work with only half at a time.
  17. Cut into wedges, and roll up in to crescent roll shape. Or you can just make balls in the shape of dinner rolls.
  18. Place them on a greased pan, Bake 400 degrees 10-12 mins. If baking two pans switch the rack they are on in the oven half way thru baking, for even cooking times.
  19. Once cooked, brush a bit of butter on top to give them a nice shine. Take off baking sheet, cool on cooling rack.
  20. Last, but not least enjoy!
  21. Photos and recipe found here http://athriftymom.com/my-thrifty-roll-recipe/

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Corn On The Cob Cooked In The Slow Cooker ~ Slides right out no need to shuck the corn before you cook it.

Two years ago I told you all how to  Shuck and Cook Corn Quickly in 3 easy steps, in this method you do not have to peel or shuck your corn and it is ready to eat in 3 minutes.  But this method does involve a microwave  and you can only cook one at a time.   That is what lead me to the idea to try the same method, but in the slow cooker or crock-pot.  Honestly I had no idea if it would even work. I searched pinterest  to see if there were any ideas or how to posts… NOPE. I could not find anything about cooking corn STILL in the husk in a slow cooker.Corn On The Cob slow cooker crock pot recipe , No need to shuck the corn you can cook it with the husk still on, Corn on the cob without husking the corn, summer bbq recipes

So I decided to try a little experiment, and see if I could shuck corn in a slow cooker.  I won’t leave you in suspense too long it turned out amazing and was super easy.  The corn was plump and juicy and evenly cooked, and slid right out of the husk with no silk left. Here is how I shucked corn in a slow cooker or crock pot.
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Step one is to place the corn on a cutting board and use a sharp butchers knife to chop the bottom end off. You will want to cut the end off that does NOT have the silk on it which is the fat end. You will need a good sturdy knife to get thru the cob and the husk all at once. Watch your fingers and be careful.  Place the corn cob with the husks still on, inside a large slow cooker or crock pot.  I cooked 4 of them on high for 3 1/2 hours and they were perfectly cooked.   The crock pot could have fit several more inside. If I was to cook 6+ I would increase the cooking time to 4 hours on high.  If you wanted a low and slow option you could do low temp for 6-8 hours instead.

When you are ready to eat them, pick up the corn with a towel or dish cloth.  Watch out the corn will be HOT.  Hold the top of the corn (part with the silk or smaller pointy end) firmly with the towel and squeeze downward.  Give it a little shake, as you squeeze the corn will slide right out of the husk and all the silk will stay inside the husk.  You are left with a perfectly cooked cob of corn, ready to cover with butter and eat.

One of the ends of my corn was right up against the edge of the slow cooker. It did turn a little brown, this could have been avoided by wrapping the end with a little bit of foil. Not needed but an option if you want all your corn to  be perfectly golden.Corn On The Cob slow cooker crock pot recipe , No need to shuck the corn you can cook it with the husk still on, Corn on the cob without husking the corn, summer bbq recipes

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