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Making fresh butter is definitely not necessary—good, fresh butter is available at your local grocery store for about what it costs to make it, and in much less time. Still, it’s delicious and a lot of fun to make, shape (hello, butter sculptures?) and serve.
It’s easiest and fastest to make using an electric or stand-up mixer, but feel free to try your hand (pun fully-intended) at whisking or shaking old-school. It’s a great project for kids, particularly if you also bake fresh bread to eat it with.
- 1 pint very cold heavy whipping cream $2
- 1/2 tsp salt Pantry
Total Cost of Ingredients $2
Place heavy whipping cream and salt in a sturdy mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand-up mixer. Beat, either using an electric mixer or the whisk on a stand-up mixer, well-past the stiff-peaks phase of whipping the cream, until the solids begin to separate from the liquid and curds of butter form, about 8-9 minutes of electric beating.
Discard the liquid and mold the butter into the desired shape. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Note: this can be done with a whisk by hand or by pouring the cream into a large glass jar and shaking it, it just takes at least 20 minutes of non-stop shaking/whipping.
Makes about 1/2 cup butter (approx 1 stick).