Homemade butter is something that everyone should make at least once. It only has one ingredient – heavy cream – and with a little bit of muscle, you can turn it into butter in just a few minutes. One of the first times that I made homemade butter I used a stand mixer and made a fairly large batch. Smaller batches are easier to make by hand and the Chefâ€™n Buttercup Butter Maker makes it even easier. This tool is designed specifically to make butter making as easy as possible – and easy enough that you will want to make batch after batch.
The gadget looks like a jar, with instructions for butter making printed on the side. You add heavy cream to the container and let it come to room temperature, then vigorously shake it for a couple of minutes. You can strain off the liquid – buttermilk – with the built-in strainer (instead of using cheesecloth, which is more traditionally used) and then serve the butter right in the ramekin on the base of the container. It’s a nice all-in-one system that makes small-batch butter-making very easy.
When making homemade butter, start with the highest quality cream you can find. I usually start with an organic cream and try to find one that is not ultrapasteurized for the best flavor in my butter. I also like to add in some salt, but you can also add herbs and spices to create all kinds of flavored butters.