In the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdowns, many people are adopting a lifestyle of self-reliance and preparedness. From gardening and canning to solar and wind power, they realize that the need to survive independently from society is becoming more important with each passing day. For many who have just begun their journey toward self-sufficiency, some modern conveniences are hard to replicate on their own. For example, few people know how to make common ingredients for cooking.
When stores run out of essential supplies, or another lockdown forces people to stay at home, simple conveniences such as butter will become a longed-for treat. Luckily, churning butter isn’t that difficult if you know how.
You Will Need:
- Stand up mixer
- 2 qts heavy whipping cream
- 1 ½ tsp salt (optional)
Add cream to the mixing bowl and mix it on medium setting. Put your lid on the bowl; you can also use a towel. At times, scrape sides of the bowl into the mixture. During the butter-making process, the mixture will become whipped cream. This will thicken and almost curdle until it collects together on the beater and forms clumps amid the buttermilk.
At this point strain the milk off of the butter. (Buttermilk can be saved for later use.) Place the bowl of butter under cold running water. Knead the butter in water until the water is no longer cloudy. When butter is free of the milk, add the salt and knead again.
Your butter is now ready for the refrigerator or freezer. You can also leave some in a container on the counter for daily use. It will last up to 4 weeks refrigerated.
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