Butter Time!


The other day, the kids and I made butter.  At $3.47 per quart of heavy cream, for a second I thought it would be cheaper than actually buying butter.  It’s not.  That much cream makes about a pound of butter. Not that I weighed it, but that’s what it looked like.

Butter at Costco is around $8 for 8 sticks.

But homemade butter is delicious.  And because it’s homemade, it’s got ZERO calories!  Isn’t that the way it works?

  • To make butter, you put heavy cream in a jar and roll it around for 20 minutes.  This is why it’s a good kid activity.  Except my kids got bored.  Then I had to finish it. Also, make sure the jar is watertight.  The first jar I used leaked and it was not pretty.
  • The liquids will separate from the solids quite suddenly. This is buttermilk! Pour this off and use it for pancakes or biscuits or something.
  • Take out the butter and knead it under cool running water to get the rest of the liquid out. This will help it keep longer.
  • Add salt or flavorings. I think roasted garlic would be good.  Around here along the roads, people sell lillikoi (passionfruit) butter.
  • Alternately, use a food processor.  Don’t overload it.  The machine takes about 10 minutes.

I wonder how someone came up with butter?  Accidentally rolled the cream around?


Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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