Do you remember the ending few seconds of each X-files episode when a little voice proudly declared "I made this". That little voice skipped and played into my head as I turned the handle of this ever so low tec hand-held gadget that you have to love it for just what it represents.
Why would you make your own butter?
There is no rational reason for making home-made butter, if only to enjoy that moment when you look inside the jar and you see the cream separating, the buttermilk raising and the butter forming. That's the "I made this" moment.
Turning cream into butter has never been difficult, it can be done in a food processor or even a plain jar, it's a matter of shaking the cream a medium speed. In this case, by turning the handle.
I am afraid to say it's not economical either, unless you have free access to a cow in the back garden. For 400-450g of butter you'll need 900ml double or whipping cream.
But it's fun and you are certain that your butter will not contain additive. Butter can be flavoured. Add garlic, parsley and eh, presto: Garlic Butter for an Italian evening. Add a touch of icing sugar and a sprinkling of cinnamon to your homemade butter and serve with tear-and-share sweet breads, snack-attacks sorted.
With the buttermilk I made a scones-crown
How to make butter?
Pour the cream in the Butter Churner and beat it at a medium speed for 10 to 15 minutes. First the cream will thicken to eventually stiffen and form butter clumps and a whitish liquid. Carry on churning for a few minutes. Then you'll need to rinse the remaining buttermilk from your butter. That's when paddles are handy but you can do it by hand. Et voila "you made this too"
Disclaimer Silver Mushroom sent me their Kilner Butter Churner for trial. I was not asked to write a positive review. The Kilner Butter Churner can be found online and in shop RRP £22.00