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Making Butter with Kids

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We are doing a literature unit on The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Currently, we are reading Little House on the Prairie. We just finished the chapter in which the Ingalls get a milk cow, Chapter 13. As a reading extension activity my girls made homemade butter. Due to the fact that our dairy cows are only five months old, we had to use store-bought heavy cream. The results turned out great!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 pinch Salt

Preparation

1. Let the cream sit out at room temperature to warm up. (We set ours out for about an hour and a half.)

2. Pour the cream into a plastic (safer for kids) container and cover the container with a tight fitting lid. We used the screw cap Ball freezer jars.

3. Shake, shake, shake! As the butter forms, you will feel the clumps moving about as you shake. My girls shook the cream for about a half hour.

4. Drain the buttermilk (liquid) off of the butter.

5. Use a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to press the remaining buttermilk out of the butter. This step prevents the butter from souring.

6. Rinse the butter with cool water and then drain the water off. Press the butter again with your spatula to remove the excess water. Repeat this process until the water runs clear.

7. Salt your butter to taste.

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souschefsarah on 12.30.2010

This looks great! Something for my little sisters and her friend to do with a great end result!

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on 10.16.2010

Flour – I love the idea of having the girls do this for Thanksgiving dinner. Great idea!

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Arlene Mobley on 9.25.2010

My kids loved making butter when they were young. Now they are big and aren’t too interested in it but it’s a fun activity for young kids while they are waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to get done. Maybe this year I’ll let my four year old grand daughter make some. Thanks for the memories!

Arlene

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industrioushead on 9.24.2010

My girls did this in school when they were studying pioneer life in history. They just loved it and we did it often when they were growing up. It’s a wonderful activity for kids that has delightful results. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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