Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homemade Butter for Imbolc

This is my recipe on how to make homemade butter. Kids love to make this also. So get your little ones to lend a hand. They will enjoy helping out.

It’s a very easy recipe. The only things you will need are: a jar with a tight fitting lid, a couple of marbles and heavy cream. The size jars I like to use are the small canning jars or just little baby food jars. The size is perfect for the little ones to hold onto and shake without dropping. You can even use the big mason jars for the bigger children and adults.

First, fill each jar about 2/3 of the way with the cream and insert a marble or two depending on the size of the jar. Screw the lid on tightly and start shaking. At first, the marbles will easily glide through the cream (begin to churn), but as you continue shaking, the cream will thicken. After a few minutes the cream will thicken considerably and you won’t feel the marbles move as much or at all if the marble is stuck in the cream at the bottom of the jar. Once this happens you will begin to see butter form at the bottom of the jar and liquid rise to the top of the jar. This liquid is buttermilk. You can pour this off and store it for later use. We use the buttermilk to make Irish Soda Bread which is another great recipe for Imbolc. You now have unsalted butter. To make salted butter, just add salt to the jar before you start shaking. You also add various herbs to the process to make a nice herb butter or a little honey to make a sweet butter.

This is a great activity to do with the family in celebration of Imbolc. Press butter into molds (sun shapes are great) and refrigerate.  Enjoy.

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