Let's Make Butter and SPREAD THE LOVE! Now with printable pdf label!


Let's make butter and spread the love this Valentine's Day!
{I listened to you!  Click here to download a pdf file of the labels I made.  There are four to a sheet.  You can also download a blank sheet of paper to make your own.}

I was inspired by my crafty daughter (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree) who teaches preschoolers and had her little ones make butter as Christmas gifts for their parents.

I wanted to try making some and even expanded on it by adding different ingredients.

This is the best butter EVAH!  You can even make it organic by using organic heavy cream!

I don't know about you, but I can't find organic butter at my grocery store.


What you'll need:
  • Clean baby food jars or small plastic containers.  I found these mini storage containers at the Dollar Tree, which work great for kids.    
  • Organic heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.
  • A pinch of salt.  I used Kosher salt.
  • Any extra ingredients you'd like to add such as red pepper flakes, garlic and herbs, chopped nuts or dried fruit, or sugar and cocoa.  It's fun to experiment!  




Let's get started!
  • Make sure your containers are clean!
  • Pour the cream into the container leaving just a bit of space at the top for the cream to expand.
  • Add your ingredients-- a pinch of salt for salted butter and anything else you wish.
  • Make sure the lid is secure.
  • Hand everyone in the family a container full.  
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes.  
  • Turn on some music and then:
Shake, shake, shake.  Shake, shake, shake.  Shake your butter!  Shake your butter!  You'll start to see and feel the cream solidifying while you're shaking it.  Shake it until the timer goes off.  If you're using larger containers, you'll need to shake it longer.  You can remove the lid at anytime to check on your progress.  

Your butter is done!  Have a taste!  YUMMY!

You can refrigerate it if you wish.



This is what it will look like when it's done. 

The cocoa butter tastes like a whipped frosting.  

The chili butter tastes great on toast! 


I labeled mine with a typewritten piece of paper from a vintage tablet and drew on a red heart.  Have your kids draw their own labels!  

I cut out burlap and some other fabric and covered the lids.  Then I tied it with some red string.

These would make great wedding favors and would be a fun party activity for kids!

Now, go make some butter and SPREAD THE LOVE!

Maize

37 comments:

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Funny, I teach preschool too. We always make butter before thanksgiving--the kids love it! Town and Country here in Bozo has organic whipping cream.

bldrnrpdx said...

It works even faster if you leave the open jar of cream to sit out for a couple of hours first. I make cultured butter by adding a tablespoon of yogurt to about a cup or so of heavy cream, stirring it through, letting it sit overnight, then churning it in a quart-sized mason jar. You can taste the difference! Oh, and save the whey/buttermilk for cooking. Especially baking!

PenglipurLara said...

This looks easy to make with the family...and with the shaking going I'm sure it is going to be a hit... LOL! Thanks for sharing the recipe...
Leena.

Nt Gravity said...

hi there Maize... been following you quite some times... but this project really excite me..
never done it before...
thank you!!

Nt Gravity said...

hi there Maize... been following you quite some times... but this project really excite me..
never done it before...
thank you!!

bethany said...

I love this idea-it had never even occurred to me to make my own butter. I posted about your recipe here:
http://makealong.blogspot.com/2011/01/homemade-butter.html

Thanks!

foreverlynt said...

This sounds so delicious!

I just have some questions before I try this.
About how much space did you leave in the jars for the cream to expand? Will any more/less space make a difference?

What's the approximate shelf life of this?

Thank you so much!

Amy H. said...

This is amazing. I am hosting a baby shower and this will be perfect as little gifts for everyone!

Thanks.

Katie said...

I remember making butter as a kid. I love this idea as I also love to make bread so I can make people bread and butter.

Farmgirl Chaos said...

Making butter is that easy? Jeepers! Some other ideas...cinnamon and honey. Have you made either of those? I have purchased cinnamon butter from the store before, but not sure if it has honey in it. So I might as well try I guess. :)

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

I used to do this as a kid and it was always so amazing. Thanks of reminding me of a childhood fave. Really need to do this with my kids!

Maize Hutton said...

Thanks all!

To answer a few questions, you'll need to allow just a bit of space, not a lot and it won't affect the result if you leave too much space. You'll know once you try.

Regarding shelf life, I'm going to assume it's the same as regular butter.

noflik nifelje said...

what a beautifull and superlovely and sweet idea...
greetings petra

Danee said...

We made butter when I was a counselor at Special Days Camp- a camp for children' with cancer. What fun to make it for Valentine's day. I may do this to my kids this year.

Zaz said...

hello,

love it! please how did you make the crocheted hearts (in that garland)?

Nicole said...

A few tips about making butter:

1. To help make the butter solidify faster, add a small, clean item in the cream to act as a "beater." I like to use the bottlecap of a plastic water bottle. Just remember to remove it when you've finished. :)

2. To make the butter last more than a day or two, you will really need to "wash" the butter to remove the liquid buttermilk. Buttermilk goes rancid really fast and will turn the butter rancid with it. Turn out the completed butter into a cheesecloth (or into your hands) and run it under gently-running cold water. Knead the butter and squeeze all the liquid out (you will have quite a bit...that is the buttermilk) until the butter is very solid. Replace the butter into the dish and enjoy!

Halle said...

Do you think you could use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer? If you used the mixing paddle and a low speed?

Maize Hutton said...

Hi Halle,

I'm sure you could, but the idea here is to do it 'handmade' style and get kids involved. :)

Maize Hutton said...

I've actually had this butter last quite a while. It's more of a whipped type than the typical 'hard' type Nicole is describing. Since this is shaken, and the cream has solidified, I haven't experienced any occurrence of 'buttermilk' so it hasn't gone rancid. I'm assuming Nicole is saying that it will go rancid if you add the yogurt to make 'cultured' butter and therefore you'd end up with buttermilk as bldrnrpdx states above.

Maize Hutton said...

Oh, and I'll show you the how to on the heart garland on Thursday! :)

Zaz said...

ok great Maize, waiting for your hearts garland tutorial! thanks<3

punkin said...

@Halle

A stand mixer should work just fine, though I wouldn't worry about keeping the speed slow; you need to get past the "whipped cream" stage, and going slower will just be, well, slower.

I use my food processor with the metal blade attachment. Its hard to *see* how the butter is coming, but you can *hear* its progress just fine.

It starts off sounding very wet and sloshy (when its just cream), then the pitch progressively lowers (and that sloshiness disappears) as the cream thickens. As soon as the cream breaks (and you've got butter), it changes tone, and sounds wet and sloshy again.

Jen V said...

Do you pronounce your name May-zee? Or Maize like the color yellow? I only ask b/c my daughter is named Margaret and her nickname is Maisie (May-zee) it's a Scottish nickname of a distant relative of mine. I've never met/known anyone else with that name:)

VinGirl said...

This is so cute! I would totally love a printable version of your little label...it really adds so much to the charm. Thanks for the post!

Maize Hutton said...

Okie Dokie! The pdf download of my labels is available along with a blank sheet of paper too!

HAVE FUN! xo.

Cindy Rippe said...

My Mom makes homemade bread for us all the time. This sounds like a perfect thing to make for her. The labels are really cute! Love the sentiment.

VinGirl said...

Thank you so much for posting the label, you totally made my day! ♥

*hugs*
Michelle

Kirsten said...

This project is great, thanks for posting it and participating in the FaveCrafts blog hop! Our next blog hop will be February 15 and we hope you'll participate again!

Kirsten
Editor
FaveCrafts.com

suzettehomemaker said...

Finally made this today. Heavenly!

Maize Hutton said...

YAY!

Eco Craftiness said...

@Nicole & @Punkin

Thanks for the tips! I didn't know what was up when my jar went from barely making a noise to slushing around and sounding like I just started after 20 some minutes of shaking!!

This butter turned out great!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Adorable and sweet idea!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

This project is fabulous!! I just wanted to let you know I added it to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I absolutely cannot wait to try this!! Thanks for the idea..and the label is just darling! Love your blog! Will be following..!

susan said...

i have been making butter for awhile but never thought of adding things to it. for the cocoa butter, are you just adding cocoa? what do you put it on? it sounds delish

Maize Hutton said...

Hey Susan,

You can add a little bit of sugar to sweeten it a bit. :)

Rebecca (Soap Deli News Blog) said...

This is awesome! I'm now following you on Blog Lovin' and I pinned you to Pinterest!