Before trying this batch of butter, the last time that I had fresh homemade butter was in grade three when half of our class got to bake a loaf of bread and the other half got to shake a jar full of cream until it turned into butter. I was placed in the butter-making half and was pretty excited about it. Obviously we couldn't all shake the jar at the same time so we just passed it around and shook it until our tiny arms got tired.
In retrospect, the kids who got to make bread had the better deal.
I've been testing out a Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor and I was super excited (like grade-three style excited) to discover via Pinterest that it's easy to turn cream into butter with it. *insert clapping of hands and squealing*
Maybe it has to do with my childhood obsession with pioneers and the Little House on the Prairies book series..
So this beautiful machine comes with a big bowl and a smaller bowl that fits inside it. Since the cream will be whipping up quite a bit before it curdles I opted to use the big bowl fitted with the chopping blades. It got filled up with whipping cream to about 1/3 - 1/2 full. Then I pressed "On" and watched the cream first whirl around, then whip up. It sloshed around inside for a bit then it began to curdle.
.. and used a spatula (the food processor comes with one) to scoop out the butter and buttermilk into a strainer lined with a clean cloth. Normally I would use cheese cloth but I was all out. I find these j-cloths work just as well for straining tasks.
The squeezed butter gets returned to the food processor bowl to be rinsed with the ice water. Giving it a good rinsing will help your butter keep for longer.
To rinse you pour in some ice water through the feed tube until the butter is almost covered. Then you press pulse 5 or 6 times. Lift off the lid and carefully pour away the cloudy water. Repeat this three or four times (more if you are making a lot of butter).
There are a number of different methods for getting the water out of the butter after rinsing. I just put mine on a board and pressed and squeezed it. It helps to hold some ice cubes for a few seconds to make sure that your hands are cold and not melting the butter too much.
Once the majority of the water is squeezed out (don't worry about getting every little drop) you can use the small bowl of your food processor, or the big bowl depending on how much butter you made, to add salt and flavors to your butter.
I'm not normally an un-salted butter kind of girl when it's not for baking, but this butter tastes fantastic unsalted. Homemade butter on homemade bread = the best toast that I've had all month/year/ever.
Any butter that you aren't going to use in a timely fashion can be shaped into a log, rolled up in parchment paper and frozen for later use.
Cuisinart has given my readers the chance to win their own butter making machine (ok, it does so much more than that, but the butter is pretty cool) by sponsoring a Mother's Day Giveaway with me. You can enter to win this Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor by entering on this giveaway post
I had originally started out with the plan to just test one or two recipes with my food processor. Maybe see how well it thinly sliced onions and grated cheese (thumbs up by the way. I'm never slicing onions any other way again). However, it was so much fun playing around with it that I've still got a few more food processor posts to go before the giveaway ends! Not to mention a pinterest board dedicated to food processor recipes. (It's a group board so if you have some tasty food processor recipes to pin just let me know and I'll add your name to the board so that you can pin things too).