When we found out we were expecting a baby, we were over the moon with excitement. Because we had decided I was staying home to raise this tiny human, we were also filled with anxiety. So many questions were swirling around in my head! Would I be a good stay at home parent? Would I even be a good parent, stay at home or not? How in the world would we make it on one salary? Well, just like with raising a kid, figuring out the money thing was a lot of trial and error. It meant I got creative and learned to make things from scratch, like my homemade cinnamon honey butter.
When you are broke, you figure out how to do without or how to DIY it. When the kids were old enough to help in the kitchen, they loved to help me make homemade butter. It is super easy and only takes a few ingredients and either a good shaking or an electric mixer. The kids love to shake the crap out of the cream and watch it turn to butter. If you don’t want to shake the cream for 10 minutes, you can use the mixer instead.
What You Need:
Heavy whipping cream
Sea Salt (1/2 tsp per 16 oz of butter)
A jar with a lid, blender or food processor
In a jar with a lid (we use a mason jar), blender or food processor, fill halfway with cream. Shake vigorously for 10 minutes until you see a foamy, thick cream. Keep shaking (jumping around and dancing makes it more fun) until you see the foam separate and a thin liquid (buttermilk) will form in the jar. You will see the butter form within the last few seconds of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size. Separate the buttermilk from the butter and add your salt. This helps preserve the butter and keep it from spoiling as well as making it a bit tastier.
If you prefer to save your arms from all that shaking, you can use the hand mixer, food processor or blender. Select the highest speed and blend for 2-3 minutes. You will begin to see a soft cream and after about 5 minutes, it will begin to stiffen. Regularly scrap the side of the blender. Now you will see the cream get grainy, which is your butter beginning to form. They will get larger until the cream begins to liquefy again. This is where the magic happens!
Once a total of 13-15 minutes has passed, the blender will sound like it is blending liquid again and you need to turn off the blender. Carefully drain the liquid (buttermilk) and save for cooking. You can rinse the butter in cold water until the water runs clear which will keep it from spoiling. We use it pretty quickly, so we don’t give it a chance to spoil!
Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Have you ever made homemade butter? Do you add anything to it like herbs or other flavoring?