Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

We have had to put some of our planned weekday adventures on hold with the flu striking late Sunday night. There’s lots of opportunities for fun at home of course, so with Master R resting on the couch I set about teaching Miss N how to turn cream in to butter.

It is a super easy process and unlike how I was taught by my grandmother, you don’t really need to source a marble (I’ve even heard that they can splinter tiny slivers of glass into the butter so are best avoided).

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

The equipment and ingredients are simple

Equipment

1 glass jar
Thickened cream

Yep, that’s it.

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Pour until the jar is half full

Method

Pour the cream into the jar until it is half full. Make sure the lid is on firmly and then shake continuously until it turns into butter (maybe 5 minutes). At some point you may notice that the contents don’t appear to be moving. Turn it upside down, back up, upside down repeatedly. You will know the butter is ready when you can see the butter milk separate from the butter.

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Shake shake shake!

Remove the butter from the jar. You may need to strain it to remove the butter milk. We were lazy and put it on a plate and used spoons to squeeze the excess out. Spread on warm bread it was yummy. If you wish to keep the butter any longer than 24 hours you will need to add salt.

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Not yet butter. Shake Shake Shake

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

The change will happen!

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Squeeze the excess butter milk out

Activities at Home: Learning to Turn Cream into Butter

Ready to use!

So easy to do but incredibly exciting for your kids. I would love to hear if you have tried it and how your kids found it.

 

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