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I grew up living out in the country. It was so great. I wish my kids could have had that lifestyle in some ways. For one thing, I knew where my food came from. We gardened and raised chickens and sheep. We sold corn 12 ears for a $1.00 on the side of the road. We sold eggs for 50 cents per dozen. Our family didn't have cows, but our neighbors did and we were often the recipients of delicious fresh milk. My mom would skim off the cream and we would pass the container around shaking it to make butter, just like the pioneers. That was some delicious butter.
Lately, I've seen some ideas for making flavored butters as gifts to enjoy with various crackers and breads. Most of those recipes used butter purchased in the store, softened with herbs, etc. added to it. That seems nice. But, to me, if you are going to "make" a homemade gift, then it should really be homemade! Butter is super easy to make and you don't have to shake the cream forever to turn it into butter! I mean, that can be a lot of fun as a family activity to teach your kids how butter used to be churned. But, with modern technology, like a stand mixer, making butter happens much more quickly!
Here are the steps to make your own butter:
My yogurt strainer was the perfect device to strain off the buttermilk to save for cooking later. Knead the butter to encourage the buttermilk to drain off. Then remove the bottom of the strainer and just use the mesh part to rinse and knead the butter to remove any more buttermilk. Finally, knead in about 1/4 tsp of salt.
I then decided to make one of my little bowls of butter into a flavored butter. I knew that Honey Cinnamon would go fast around here. But, you can flavor your butter in a savory way as well.
To make the Honey Cinnamon Butter, I put the butter back into a larger bowl to mix in the ingredients and continued to squeeze out buttermilk (without adding it to the jar of course) as I mixed it. Here is the recipe:
I'm not going to pretend that this butter is less expensive than store bought butter because it is much more expensive to make. But, it does tasted so good and fresh! Also, as a gift, it is just a little extra effort that will be appreciated. Or, if you just happen to have a chance to get some fresh cream from a friend with a cow, then making your own butter will be very cost effective! Plus, these kinds of projects are so good to do with kids so that they can learn where their food actually comes from.
After packaging the butter and making the Honey Cinnamon Butter, I got onto Avery.com and used some of their cute stock ideas and customized and printed some labels for everything. This will be especially important to do when making flavored butter gifts.
Have you made butter with your kids? They will get a kick out of it! Here is the link to the Lit'l Bowls by Tupperware. I also found them on Amazon. (See Below)
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!