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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 DIY 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.

 

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Apple Butter Recipe,  How to make apple butter,Quick and Easy Apple Butter, #Apples, #FallRecipesIf you like apple butter (or just want your house to smell fabulous) then fall is the best time to make it.  We have an apple tree and it does not produce the best shaped apples.  Most of them are rather small, and have worm holes but the apples taste great.  These “ugly” little apples are great for making apple butter.  If you do not have an apple tree check your local farmers markets, or even the grocery store as apples tend to be stock up price in the fall.   The best part about this recipe is it is fast, and NO NEED TO PEEL THE APPLES… just core them and your on your way.

Apple Butter Recipe, made with the peel on

Ingredients:

  • 6 Medium Apples (or 10-11 small apples), cored and cut into quarters
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Granulated Sugar

Directions:
The first step is to make applesauce by cooking the apples in 1 cup of water in a large saucepan for about 10-15 minutes until the apples soften. Don’t bother to peel the apples it won’t affect the texture and saves a lot of time.  Cook them with the lid on.
With a blender, blend the apples until smooth and return to the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer gently, for approximately 2 hours, stirring often to prevent the mixture from burning on the bottom of the pan.
The apple butter is ready when it darkens, thickens and when a spoon drawn through it leaves a clear trail.
Transfer into sterilized mason jars leaving about 1/4 inch headspace.
Seal with two-piece vacuum seal lids and heat process the jars in a water bath for 5 minutes.
Store in a dark, cool place.

Makes 3 Medium Jars
Keeps for up to 6 months, keep refrigerated once opened.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas with creamy white sauce #SlowCooker, #CrockPot, #Recipe, #Chicken, #Enchiladas, #DinnerIdea

I love a good crock pot recipe, this one is a big hit with my family. Prep is so quick and they turn out amazing!  If you like a good cream sauce enchilada then this is a recipe you have got to try.

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You will need

  • 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen or fresh)
  • 7 oz can of Salsa Verde
  • 10 oz can Rotel Mexican Lime and Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • dash of pepper and salt

What you need after the meat is cooked

  • 1 8oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups grated Colby Jack Cheese
  • 8-12 medium sized tortillas
  • Green onions or cilantro to garnish (optional)

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In a crock pot add the chicken, Salsa Verde, Rotel Mexican Lime and Cilantro, Cumin, Garlic and salt and pepper. DO  NOT drain the canned  rotel you want the juice to help cook the chicken.  Cook over medium heat for 4-5 hours, or HIGH heat for 2-3 hours with your lid on, in a crock pot.  At this point the chicken should be fork tender and ready to shred.  Pull the chicken out of the liquid and use two forks to shred the chicken. The chicken will be hot, put it in a mixing bowl and add the cream cheese to it, the cream cheese soften from the heat and enable you to mix it into the chicken.  Taste the chicken at this point and add salt or pepper if needed.

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With the “juice” or leftover cooking liquid in your crock pot add the sour cream and mix till well blended. This will create your quick and easy cream sauce.

Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas with creamy white sauce #SlowCooker, #CrockPot, #Recipe, #Chicken, #Enchiladas, #DinnerIdeaI like to put a little non stick spray on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan, then add a thin layer of the cream sauce.  Next you will need to start rolling your enchiladas.   Add a row of the chicken and cream cheese mixture, along with a row of beans, roll up and place in the prepared pan.   Cover with the cream sauce, then cover with shredded cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 30- 35  minutes at 350 degrees.

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You can also double the recipe, and make one for the freezer.   Just make as instructed above but don’t bake it yet.  Cover in plastic wrap and foil before freezing.  When you want to cook it allow to thaw before baking and you might need to increase the cooking time by 5-8 minutes.

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Peachberry Cream Cheesecake, quick and easy recipe that might just be the best thing you have ever tasted!

End of summer is one of my favorite times of the year because it means fresh peaches will soon be ready to pick from the trees.  A sweet yet tart juicy peach might just be one of the best things you will ever taste.  I created this recipe for Peachberry Cream Cheesecake with a Krusteaz Bakery Style Sugar Cookie mix for the crust. It is both easy to make and absolutely delicious as well. That is the great thing about  Krusteaz products they allow you think outside the box and create inspired and delicious dishes in half the time.

Krusteaz asked me to help “Seize the What If” and create a recipe that inspires other home chefs to bake outside the box, I hope my Peachberry Cream Cheesecake with a Krusteaz Bakery Style Sugar Cookie mix for the crust will inspire you to make a delicious treat in your kitchen too.

Peachberry Cream Cheesecake, quick and easy recipe that might just be the best thing you have ever tasted!You will need

Crust

  • 1  ~ 15.5 oz box of Krusteaz bakery Style Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bitter room temperature butter

Whipped Cheese Cake

  • 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (6oz) cool whip

Fresh Fruit for top,  2 cups fresh peaches peeled and sliced and 1/2 cup fresh raspberries. If you can not find fresh peaches you can substitute with canned peaches.

For the fruit glaze (to keep fruit from browning)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

krusteaz sugar cookie

Mix the cookie dough according to package directions, with one egg and 1/2 cup butter. Press into the bottom of an 9 inch spring-form pan.  Push up just a bit on the edges to create a raised crust for the edge.  Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes. Until light golden brown around the edges.  Take out of oven and allow to cool.

While you are waiting for the crust to cool make the fruit glaze, so it will also be cooled and ready to put on the fruit.krusteaz sugar cookie with peaches

Once the crust has cooled to room temperature you can spread the whipped cream cheese layer.

I use my kitchenaid mixer to blend, 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese softened, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 (6oz) cool whip. Mix together in bowl, then spread in an even layer on top of COOLED crust.

Place  fresh fruit on top of the whipped cheese cake layer.

krusteaz sugar cookie with peaches and glaze

To keep the fruit from turning brown you will need to make a glaze for the peaches.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a 3 quart sauce pan. Stir in the water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil, then cook 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Once cooled brush over peaches.

krusteaz sugar cookie with peaches and glaze take ring off

Take the ring off and serve.  If you are not going to serve it right away keep the ring on, cover will plastic wrap and keep cool in the refrigerator.

Peachberry Cream Cheesecake, quick and easy recipe that might just be the best thing you have ever tasted!
Peachberry Cream Cheesecake with a Krusteaz Bakery Style Sugar Cookie mix for the crust.

You will need

Crust

  • 1  ~ 15.5 oz box of Krusteaz bakery Style Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bitter room temperature butter

Whipped Cheese Cake

  • 1 (8oz) package of Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (6oz) cool whip

Fresh Fruit for top,  2 cups fresh peaches peeled and sliced and 1/2 cup fresh raspberries. If you can not find fresh peaches you can substitute with canned peaches.

For the fruit glaze (to keep fruit from browning)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix the cookie dough according to package directions, with one egg and 1/2 cup butter. Press into the bottom of an 9 inch spring-form pan.  Push up just a bit on the edges to create a raised crust for the edge.  Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes. Until light golden brown around the edges.  Take out of oven and allow to cool.

While you are waiting for the crust to cool make the fruit glaze, so it will also be cooled an ready to put on the fruit.krusteaz sugar cookie with peaches

Once the crust has cooled to room temperature you can spread the whipped cream cheese layer.
I use my kitchenaid mixer to blend, 1 (8oz) package of Cream Cheese softened, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 (6oz) cool whip. Mix together in bowl, then spread in an even layer on top of COOLED crust.
Place  fresh fruit on top of the whipped cheese cake layer.

To keep the fruit from turning brown you will need to make a glaze for the peaches.

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a 3 quart sauce pan. Stir in the water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil, then cook 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Once cooled brush over peaches.

Take the ring off and serve.  If you are not going to serve it right away keep the ring on, cover will plastic wrap and keep cool in the refrigerator.

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Peachberry Cream Cheesecake, quick and easy recipe that might just be the best thing you have ever tasted!

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