There has been some interest in the butter making, many people like me who thought it would be a whole lot harder than it was. I can assure you it is easy and I am going to show you exactly how easy it is!
You only need three things to make butter, and one of those you could probably live without! I have here one tub of double cream, one jar and one spatula. For nice quick results I would recommend leaving your cream out of the fridge overnight before starting this. It is possible to make butter from cold cream straight from the fridge but your shaking time will be longer.
Pour your cream into your jar and put the lid on tight. Now just shake it! You don't need to be violent, just regular. Obviously if you want to shake it like a crazed person then go don't let me stop you! But if you are using cold cream then you could be churning for a while!
The cream will gloop about for a while and then all will go quiet and it will feel like you are shaking a small brick. Keep going! After a while you will begin to see yellow flecks in the cream, this is the first of the butter. Keep shaking!!
The final stage happens suddenly. There will be a sloshing and the butter will quickly appear, floating in its own little sea of buttermilk. Give it a few extra shoogles for luck and your butter is formed.
It is now necessary to wash your butter, so you can either head down to the cool mountain stream that meanders at the foot of your garden or, failing that, the kitchen tap is fine. The aim of this stage is to remove any buttermilk that remains, from the butter. Buttermilk in the mix will cause your butter to go rancid quickly.
Washing it is just as it sounds. Use cold, cold water, else your butter will melt and disappear! Take the butter in one hand and squash it gently with the fingers of the other hand, under the running water. You want to keep this up until the water runs clear. I found putting a bowl under the flow as this made it easier to see when the water went clear.
Once you have clean butter you are essentially done, you can add salt if you wish, just knead it through, I didn't bother. Butter freezes well, I popped the butter into a small block shaped mould I had and froze it in there, then I take it out, wrap in baking parchment and back in the freezer.
This isn't a money saver if you buy the cream full price BUT if you want to save money with your efforts then the thing to do would be to watch the reduced aisle of your supermarket. Cream that is 'on the brink' can be radically reduced and is perfect for butter making, you can then freeze the butter and ta daaaa saved money! Hopefully!
Enjoy your butter making!