Something happened the other day in my kitchen. It was kind of magical. It all started with a leftover container of heavy cream that I had purchased and used some to make my Cauliflower Cream Sauce. I didn’t know what to do with the rest of the carton and I didn’t want it to go to waste especially since I buy organic and it costs more! So I did some go0ggling and found out just how incredibly simple it is to make butter. Yesssssss, homemade butter.
I don’t really use a ton of butter around here, but it’s getting to be that time of year when you just need some butter sometimes. Right? You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you need a little dab to add to a sauce or a batch of cookies is calling your name. In my last post, I talked about the difference between margarine and butter. Please skip the margarine – it’s nonsense! Now let’s talk about conventional butter vs organic butter. The labels pretty much look the same. The ingredient list is simple: cream and salt. However, there is a HUGE difference. Sadly I didn’t realize this until very recently. I am constantly shocked by the food discoveries I continue to make while on my journey of clean and healthy eating.
Okay, so we’ve all heard of the Dirty Dozen. The 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides and residue. The 12 that we should be buying organic.
Well, did you know that non-organic butter has the HIGHEST concentration of pesticides! Next up is non-organic meat. It all makes sense when we sit back and think about it. We are what we eat…and whatever it just ate, too! You see what I’m sayin’? What’d that cow eat for lunch before you ate it for lunch? Are you hungry now? Probably not but you will be soon.
Soooooo let’s talk about making your own butter! At my grocery store organic butter costs nearly $6! BUT I can buy organic cream for about $2. I have a handy dandy food processor. Combine those two things and I have myself some homemade organic butter! Oh, I think my bum just grew talking about all this butter and thinking about all the cookies I want to make!
- 1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
Place the cream in a food processor. Make sure it is very cold. Run the processor for about 10 minutes, until the butter separates. Pour off the liquid and spoon the butter into a sieve. Run under cold water to wash off the buttermilk. Spread the mixture into a dish. Use the back of a spoon to spread the butter and catch any remaining buttermilk. If desired you can season with salt at this point.
10 minutes in a food processor and this is what happens! It’s fascinating!
I have heard you can make butter in a stand mixer as well. So what do you think? Will you be making any butter in the future?