I just thought I would post this because
#1: It's FUN to do with the kids
#2: It tastes FABULOUS!!!
You can do this in a jar quite easily with some serious shaking, but sometimes it's just nice to put it in a mixer & let it go. I make homemade butter all the time now. It's SO easy.
All you need is some
HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM.
Yup, that's it.
Pour your whipping cream into your mixer & start mixing. Just let it go (it will take 10-20 minutes for it to turn into butter so be patient.) First you'll get a bowl of beautifully fluffed whipped cream. You'll want to eat it up with a spoon right then & there, but keep it going.
After it whips REALLY fluffy, it starts to get clumpy. Pretty soon it doesn't look so appetizing anymore. The clumps will start to turn yellowish in color. You're getting close when you hit this point.
Then out of nowhere, you'll hear a "CLUNK" & a bunch of "SWISH SWISH" noises. All of a sudden your butter will clump up into a ball & you'll have a LOT of "milk" at the bottom of your bowl. That is FRESH BUTTERMILK. Yum!
The best way to deal with fresh butter is to strain it.
Get all that delicious buttermilk left over into a container & save it in your fridge for some homemade ranch dressing or some buttermilk pancakes. It's the freshest buttermilk you can get! YOU MADE IT!
This sounds disgusting, but it's fun, especially for kids. You are going to need to knead that butter ball. Get every last drop of buttermilk out of it. It holds a TON so keep squeezing. If you can get that buttermilk out, it will last longer & won't spoil. In fact, I rinse my butter in the sink to make sure every last drop of milk is out of it.
Once it's all rinsed, add salt & knead it really well. Just taste it & keep adding salt until it tastes good to you. SIMPLE. Then it's ready to eat. Just put it in a container, bake some homemade bread, & you're set.