Originally posted April 11, 2015
If I had known how fun this homeschool activity would be, I would have done this much earlier in the year! Yesterday, during my sons’ homeschool videos, I had them make butter. I put some heavy whipping cream and some real whipped cream into four baby food jars and had my boys shake away!
My second boy was the best at it. He shook his own jar, two of his brothers’ jars, and also my mason jar. It took us about an hour and a half to make all the butter. Our first jar of butter took about 35 minutes.
We had buttered toast for our snack yesterday and my kids loved it! I think we will do this again just for the fun of making our own butter. I am not sure how long butter made this way will keep but if we only make them in small batches, I am pretty sure our homemade butter will always be gone before it can spoil!
Update: I have made my own butter quite a few times since April! Sometimes in a mason jar and sometimes in the KitchenAid mixer. The KitchenAid mixer is definitely the easiest way; it seems to take no time at all to whip up butter using it! We currently have three kinds of butter sitting in our fridge – chocolate butter, garlic onion butter, and honey whipped butter (which did not turn out quite like I wanted). All three were made from storebought butter since I am currently experimenting with different flavors of butter. We do have a half gallon of heavy whipping cream sitting in the fridge that I may end up using to make butter though!