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How To Make Butter
by Ruthlilycat (ruthlilycat)
at April 17th, 2008 (09:02 pm)

Make Butter:

Bring heavy cream to around 50F degrees, this took about 30 minutes out at room temperature for me.

Pour cream into the bowl of a stand mixer, cover top with shield, plastic or a dish towel. Really, do this or you will be wiping buttermilk spray from your kitchen ceiling. Whip with whisk attachment on medium-high for about five minutes, beyond the stiff peaks of whipped cream, until you can see that the fat has separated from the liquid. Alternatively, you can use a food processor or hand mixer.

Pour over a strainer into a bowl, and knead the butter to release more liquid. (This will make your hands very soft and give them a deep buttery flavor until you shower, which is kind of lovely, but can get a little gross after a while.)

When butter stops releasing liquid and feels so creamy—voila!

Save the liquid “buttermilk!” and drink or use for cooking.

Salt if you like (guilty non-local eco-sin confession: I added Himalayan pink salt).