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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

 

 

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Cheesy Chip Dip Recipe, Oven baked chip dip, The Easiest Cheesy Chip Dip You will ever make, #ChipDip, #Cheese, #DipCheesy Chip Dip

If you like a good chip dip then this is a recipe you have got to try.  I had it for the first time about 15 years ago, it was a cold winter day we were getting together for a craft night with my cousins.  She pulled this hot bubbly chip dip out of the oven and we pretty much licked the pan clean… it was that good.  I told her I would love the recipe.  I was SHOCKED to find out how easy it was! I have been making it for social event ever since, and it is always a hit!

You will need

  • 1 80z brick of cream cheese
  • 1 can of Chili 15-19 oz(with NO beans) you just want meat and sauce
  • 2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese (or cheddar)
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Corn chips to eat it with

In the bottom of a 9×9 pan spread the cream cheese in an even layer.  I use the back of a spoon, or just get my hand wet (prevents the cream cheese from sticking to it) and press into  an even layer.  Next open your can of NO BEAN chili spread in an even layer, top with grated cheese.

Put into  an 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or till cheese is totally melted and edges of the dip are bubbly. Take out of oven, sprinkle on the cilantro and green onions.  Serve with corn chips and watch it disappear 🙂

Printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

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This recipe is easy to make, and is always gone as soon as I pull it out of the oven, My kids love it that much!
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Ingredients
  • You will need
  • 1 80z brick of cream cheese
  • 1 can of Chili 15-19 oz(with NO beans) you just want meat and sauce
  • 2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese (or cheddar)
  • 3 green onions diced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Corn chips to eat it with
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of a 9x9 pan spread the cream cheese in an even layer. I use the back of a spoon, or just get my hand wet (prevents the cream cheese from sticking to it) and press into an even layer. Next open your can of NO BEAN chili spread in an even layer, top with grated cheese.
  2. Put into an 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or till cheese is totally melted and edges of the dip are bubbly. Take out of oven, sprinkle on the cilantro and green onions. Serve with corn chips and watch it disappear

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Peanut Butter Fudge Tarts, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Recipes, The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, Mini Tart Recipes, Tart RecipesPeanut Butter Fudge Tarts by Tiffany

What can be better than peanut butter and chocolate, right?! I think the two are a match made in heaven! What about you? These easy tarts are made with my great grandmother’s peanut butter cookie recipe and are filled with a chocolate fudgy center. Enjoy!

Yields 24 mini tarts

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Ingredients

For The Tarts

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For The Fudge

  • 1 cup semi sweet chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a twenty-four cup mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer, cream butter, Crisco, white sugar, brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, vanilla and peanut butter.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon and baking soda.
  6. Slowly stir flour mixture into creamed mixture. Beat until combined.
  7. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, smash each ball gently between your palms. Place each disk of dough into prepared cups. Make an indention in the middle of each.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 9 minutes. (Try not to over bake.)
  9. Remove tarts from oven, use the back of a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon and make a small indention in each tart shell. Let tarts cool in the mini muffin tin on a wire rack. Once cooled, remove tarts from muffin pan and place on cooling rack.
  10. Let’s make the fudge filling ~ In a medium sauce pan, combine semi sweet chips and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat, stirring continually until chips melt. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Spoon or pipe filling into the center of each cooled tart shell. Allow filling to set before serving. Store left over tarts in a sealed container.

NOTES: The tarts/cookies were baked two times, once at 9 minutes and the other at 11 minutes. I found that 9 minutes was perfect. It developed a soft tart/cookie, where as the 11 minutes was over baked in my opinion and developed a crunchy tart/cookie. I thought the soft tart complemented the soft fudge center, where as the crunchy tart was a bit dry for my taste. Totally up to you, but just wanted to let you know. It really all depends if your a crunchy or soft kinda cookie monster. 😉

Additional notes: The original recipe called for pre-bought peanut butter cookie dough, just in case you have some on hand.

Original recipe by: Better Homes and Gardens – Off The Shelf Baking pg. 203

Adapted recipe/photos by: Tiffany

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Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad, Healthy Copycat Recipes, Salad Recipes Using Strawberries, Salad Recipes Using Fruit, Salad Recipes Using Apples, Healthy Salad Recipes, Goodwood's Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach SaladStrawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine’s Copycat Recipe

Locals and those of you in Utah, have you ever eaten at Goodwood BBQ?! The hubs and I have a handful of times. We love it! Even though my hubs is a vegetarian, he finds great salads to eat there, like this recreation of one of my very favorite salads… Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad. Full of baby spinach, honey crisp apples, strawberries, candied walnuts, topped with blue cheese and a wonderfully sweet raspberry vinaigrette.

The strawberries added to this lovely salad, put me in the mood for valentines day, (It doesn’t take much.) Is it just me or don’t strawberries scream Valentines?! This would make a beautiful, festive little Valentine’s Day salad, don’t ya think?! Next time I make this salad, I’m going to try and make a chocolate raspberry dressing – then it might just be classified as a dessert salad. 😉 Cause you know, chocolate and strawberries are related aaaand dessert can be dinner too! 😉

Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine’s Copycat Recipe

Ingredients

  • baby spinach, desired amount
  • honey crisp apples, core removed, sliced, desired amount
  • strawberries, sliced, desired amount
  • candied walnuts, desired amount
  • blue cheese crumbles, desired amount
  • raspberry vinaigrette dressing (you can use Annie’s Naturals if you do not want to make your own)

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Directions

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss desired amount of spinach, apples, strawberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad, gently toss again. Serve.

Notes: Goodwood’s recipe uses candied pecans.

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Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine's Copycat Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine's Copycat Recipe
  • Ingredients
  • baby spinach, desired amount
  • honey crisp apples, core removed, sliced, desired amount
  • strawberries, sliced, desired amount
  • candied walnuts, desired amount
  • blue cheese crumbles, desired amount
  • raspberry vinaigrette dressing (I used Annie's Naturals)
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  1. Directions
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss desired amount of spinach, apples, strawberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad, gently toss again. Serve.

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