Step 3: Wash the Butter

Now it's time for a step that isn't often mentioned in chronicles of butter-making--washing the butter. There are still milk solids left behind in the butter that didn't make it into the buttermilk, and so it's vitally important to wash the butter if you want to keep it for more than a day, even in the refrigerator. To do so, knead the butter until all the liquid comes out, and then run it under a faucet while kneading it, and continue until all the liquid runs clear.
We always refer to butter as "the cow's revenge".
Mmm, butter. Mmm.
<p>I found out from you pictures i was not mixing long enough and ended up with crumbly butter. I will have to try your way next time. </p>
I made a soup that used heavy cream and it was cheaper for me to buy a larger amount than I needed at a grocery warehouse rather than the amount I needed from a regular grocery store. I didn't want to waste the cream so I used your method of making butter. I make the soup more often now just so I can make butter, it tastes great! Thanks for your instructable.
Yay! *waves butter flag*
I like getting my hands in the muck, so thanks. How long does the butter rinsing take?
I'm not sure--I think it took us about 10-15 minutes. The key thing is that the rinse water has to run clear.
You can also make great honey butter by adding honey and vanilla to the cream before churning. A little pinch or two of salt will help amplify the taste and help act as a preservative (not that diy butter lasts long enough in our house to need tb be perserved). Next we have to make homemade sourdough rolls to go with it. Honey butter and fresh sourdough rolls is appetizer, meal compliment and desert all in one. Sometimes it's the whole meal. You can even add other things to make other great flavors like cinnamon butter, garlic butter, chives or onion butter etc.... It's not even dinner time and I'm gettign hungry thinking about this.
Oooh. That sounds tasty as all get-out.
i never knew how easy butter is to make i might go and try this we have a pot of cream in the fridge
Do it!
i have no cream is there and instructable to make cream?<br>
Awesome! Since you mention ghee, how about a recipe for ghee next?
what is fun is take a tough plastic jar (mayo) fill with buttermilk and a marble, then play football (please no kicking.)
Living in Colorado as I do, I was thinking why not put the jar in the back of a four wheel drive car, and take it out in the back country?
While doing this I found the butter started melting all over my hands. At that point I had to stop kneading. Do you have a tip to help with this trouble?
When I make butter, I put about a gallon of water in the fridge to get nice and chilly.&nbsp; I&nbsp;then use this water for washing the butter in a large bowl.&nbsp; It keeps the butter from being melty and I can use a large flat spoon to smash the butter against the sides of the bowl and really press out the buttermilk.&nbsp; If the butter gets too hard for you then you can just add some more tap water to warm it up a bit.<br />
Mcdonald's made a vegetarian burger out of carrageenan, as was expected it flopped.
Or just over whip cream........
Excellent - some one did a butter 'ible the way I do it. I really need to get around to making an ible already...

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