How to make your own butter at home!
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn–Go figure, one of the the favorite things Chef/Creator of Sauce Anna, Lisa O’Connell likes to make at home is butter!
Here’s everything you needed or wanted to know about making your own butter at home.
Q: Why is butter your favorite thing to make at home?
A: Homemade butter is one of the best foods to make- Not only does it taste better, the sense of pride you get from making it yourself, followed by the desire to share it with friends and family makes it an even more delicious addition to dinner. Your family and or friends will enjoy it that much more too, knowing you made it, especially for them to enjoy.
Q: Is it hard to make?
A: No, butter is easy to make. There’s only one ingredient, really, and that is a good heavy cream. The heavy cream separates into butter and a cloudy liquid, which is actually buttermilk! Another reason to make your own butter, you will have buttermilk on hand to create the best homemade pancakes or muffins ever! The buttermilk will stay fresh for a week or so if refrigerated.
Q: Ok, tell us how to make it?
A: You can use a stand mixer or any type of blender, food processor, you can even use a jar with a lid- Yes, and you can! It requires about 20 minutes of vigorous shaking of the jar, so I would enlist a few friends or family members to do it together, taking turns.
Q: What are butter compounds?
A: Any combination of herbs and spices to your butter makes a butter compound.
Butter compounds can elevate even the simplest dish. For example, vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots, zucchini can be a bit bland- add a lemon herb butter compound and you have a flavor sensation with little effort. Butter Compounds, are also great on any type of proteins, such as chicken, fish, steak even ribs or ground beef or served solo with a nice crusty baguette. Butter compounds always make a statement.
Q: How long does butter stay fresh?
A: Homemade butter will keep for about 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. If frozen it can last for up to 3 months.