Teaching Kids to Make Butter
Teaching kids how to make butter is a fun activity in itself, but it can also be a fun science experiment. Most people choose to make butter with kids by using a jar and a marble. Having done the jar method a few times with my older kids, I can say that it really makes your arms ache, especially if you are doing it with multiple children, as you will end up having to help each kids shake his jar. If you would like directions for making butter this way or for a thorough scientific explanation about how cream turns into butter, check out this excellent post from Scientific American.
I personally feel kids get plenty out of making butter without all the hard work, so we just use a mixer (I have also read that some people use a blender to make butter).
- Heavy cream (I used 1 pint)
- Pour your cream into a mixing bowl and start mixing with a whisk attachment on medium speed.
- Once the cream thickens up some, turn your mixer onto high.
- In a few minutes, the cream will turn into whipped cream first, but keep on mixing.
- In a couple more minutes, the cream will start looking flatter and yellower, keep on mixing.
- Eventually, the cream will turn into a mixture of butter and buttermilk (keep a close eye on the mixture as it will start splashing as this happens). Now you can stop mixing.
- You can save the buttermilk for cooking.
- Using a spoon, push on the butter to squeeze out more buttermilk. You can use the butter now, but if you want to be able to use it beyond the day you make it, you should “clean” it more.
- To “clean” the butter, put it in a strainer and rinse it with cold water. Put the butter back in your bowl and squeeze it with your spoon some more to get more buttermilk out. Do this several times.
- Now you have homemade butter! Enjoy!
Turning Things Over to You
I think if we try this again, I might try to make honey butter. Or I might even try to make cinnamon honey butter. What flavor butter would you like to try?