Enjoying fresh organic food is sometimes considered a luxury, but whenever you can make it yourself, at the comfort of your own home, is a real non-expensive pleasure for you and your family.
Did you know that you can easily prepare home-made organic butter with a few simple ingredients?
If you are tired from eating unhealthy butter from the grocery store, you can easily change your habit and start making your own organic butter.
Nutritious value of organic butter
We all know what butter tastes like and we surely love it for its rich and distinct taste, but when it comes to its nutritious value there are different things to point out. Butter is usually good for you if you consume it moderately, but it is also important from which cream it was produced.
When the cream in the butter was made from grass-fed cows that had been raised on pasture, the butter is more beneficial for you. It is because of the high amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that serves as protection from various types of cancer.
Interestingly, CLA also decreases the total cholesterol and reduces animals’ atherosclerosis. Some other nutrients found in this particular grass-fed-cows type of butter include a great amount of vitamin E and beta-carotene (the yellow color of the butter comes from beta-carotene).
This organic butter that can be easily made at home gives you the finest flavor with no preservatives or additives. Additionally, it contains minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, which makes it good for your teeth, eyes, membranes, and skin.
What do you need?
All you need is some organic cream (or heavy whipping cream) and some appliance. Organic cream is used for the best results, and you need to search for cream with at least 35 percent of butterfat content. You can add sea salt at your own taste.
Bear in mind that when you make this butter, you usually get half as much butter as the amount of cream you are using. Thus, your 1 quart (32 ounces) cream will become 1 pound (16 ounces) of butter and 2 cups of buttermilk left in the process.
How do you make it?
It is easier than you imagine it would be.
1.Pour the cream into a bowl;
2. Start blending after you have set the electric mixer on medium speed. The blending process goes like this: you will notice the cream transforming into fluffy whipped cream and stiff peaks, which will slowly turn into soft curds looking like cottage cheese, because butterfat separates from the milk. After a 10-minute blending, the butter will stiffen and clump together, whereas the milk will begin to form in the bottom of the bowl. This is the point where you need to stop the mixer;
3. Pour off the milk (as much milk as possible) and put it in the refrigerator. This is the homemade buttermilk you get from preparation of this butter, and you can use it as a drink, for cooking or baking, although it is not that thick as the grocery one;
3. Press the butter using a rubber or a metal spatula in order to take out as much liquid as you can;
4. Add half cup of ice water to the butter using the spatula to press the butter and the water against the side of the bowl. This process is called the washing procedure, and it is done so as to prevent the butter from spoiling. You need to pour off the cloudy liquid and add ice water repeatedly (2-3 times) until the water is no more cloudy;
5. When there is no more liquid in the bowl, sprinkle the butter with sea salt, if and as much as you please to. You can also put salt into the butter when you start using it, not immediately while preparing it;
6. Pack the butter in containers and wrap it. For wrapping, you can use parchment paper as in this way the butter won’t stick to the paper, as would normally happen with the plastic wrap. You can still use a plastic wrap above the parchment wrap if you plan to store the butter;
7. Refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to six months.
Fun for kids
If you would like to include your whole family or just have your kids experience what it’s like to be in your place in the kitchen, you can turn butter making into a fun family project. What you need to do is pour ¼ of the organic cream into a jar with a tightened lid.
Then you need to shake a couple of times. This can last for 15-30 minutes with non-stop agitation. It will eventually lead to the butterfat separating from the liquid in the form of clumps.
The same procedure with separation needs to be done, so just pour the milk off and put the butter in a bowl. The rest is the same as described above. Your kids will love making or even just helping you with the butter.
You can create compound butter by stirring together garlic, herbs, spices, chives, fresh or dried fruits into the softened butter. After you make the butter with the help of the above instructions, just add the flavor you like and use parchment paper again.
This time you need to roll it into a log, wrap it and put it in the refrigerator or freezer, so that it becomes good for usage.
Then you can also cut it in small pieces for serving. This type of butter can boost the flavor of your favorite grilled steak and fish, steamed vegetables, oven-hot biscuits, or pancakes and you will have so much fun making it.