And it was so easy!!! Of course the first time I tried, it failed. Typical. I had started out with skimmed cream from our latest gallon of whole milk from the dairy. Was the fat content not high enough? I'm not sure, but I didn't even get whipping cream let alone butter. Well, fiddle sticks!
So I went ahead and picked up some organic heavy whipping cream from the grocery for another try. I set my cream on the counter and let it warm to about 60-70 degrees, then poured it into my super-cool, ultra-mega mixer. Now, this is important - if you have a splatter guard on your mixer, USE IT! A few minutes on high and there was a serious struggle of will power to not eat the whip cream (just... let... it... go... a... bit... longer...). Pshew! At last, there were these beautiful little yellow globs filling the bottom of my mixer bowl. Ahh! It's butter! It's butter! (You could visualize the butter dance I was doing in the kitchen, but I wouldn't recommend it).
The next step was to separate the butter from the buttermilk. I set a bowl under a strainer and poured it all out (I'm saving the buttermilk for future pancakes). The buttermilk went to the fridge and the butter went back into the mixer bowl. I poured a little ice cold water on top of the butter and ran the mixer on high for a few seconds more, then poured off the excess water into the strainer again (not keeping the liquid this time).
Almost done! I pressed down on the butter in the strainer with a spatula, squishing it around a bit to make sure I had all the liquid out. Finally, I put it in a nice container, mixed it up with just a bit of salt, and popped it in the fridge. Easy, cheesy!
The taste test? The homemade butter is sooooo super creamy and unimaginably fabulous on toast. Honestly though, I don't foresee it replacing commercial butter in our house. Maybe if I'd been able to make it from the cream off our local milk, it would make more sense. But since I have to buy the heavy cream from the grocery anyway, I might as well buy butter. Then again, for special occasions, fresh butter will definitely be on the menu. Pass those homemade bagels please.
Happy (and mindful) eating!