Making butter is so easy! Just shake, shake, shake...and voila
Butter is just cream that has been shaken up? Yes!
Who knew making butter is so easy! In today’s post, I will be explaining how to make butter at home.
All you need is a glass jar that has a lid, and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream! You will also need a bowl, spoon, and strainer. Have your child pour the whipping cream into the jar, close it, and start shaking the jar for 10-15 minutes.
10-15 minutes!? Yes, it does take quite a bit, so I suggest having a couple people ready to shake the jar. Just make sure when you are passing it from person to person, that you don’t wait too long to continue with the shaking.
After you’re done shaking the jar, you will see that there is a solid substance in the jar, this is the butter!! If you see some liquid, this is buttermilk! When I did the experiment, I did not have a lot of excess liquid, but it can differ from person to person. You can save the buttermilk to use in recipes, so that’s an added bonus!
Take the butter out and put it on a strainer. Push down on the butter with a spoon and let the liquid (the buttermilk) go into the bowl. This will ensure that your butter is nice and solid. Put the buttermilk and the butter in separate containers and pop them into the fridge! The butter we made is unsalted, so it is healthier than the salted butter found in stores.
So, how did we get from heavy whipping cream to butter? The cream has globules of fat, kind of like water balloons. When we shook the cream in the jar, the globules popped just like a water balloon! Now, there is fat and liquid in the cream, and they don’t mix. So, the fats start to clump together. The clump of fat is the butter and the liquid is the buttermilk. How cool!
Through this experiment, we learned the science behind how butter is made! Check us out on TikTok and Instagram for more content, and check out our other blog posts posted on stemchef.com for more fun food based experiments!
- Roshnee Gulati