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Sweet cream butter is a true gift. Its something we all have in our fridge and in this modern world we take for granted.
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You know, we take a lot of food production for granted. Its just part of our hyper convenient lifestyle. How about getting a pound of meat that has been butchered, trimmed, ground and packaged for your use. That is what we are used to.
If you wanted ground beef in the 18th century, you had to go find the cow as step one. The same could be said about butter. So how do you make butter with a modern kitchen mixer?
It all starts with heavy whipping cream. It always has. There is only one way to make butter and that is by using cold, heavy whipping cream.
Pour this into your kitchen aid mixer. It helps to chill your bowl also.
Whip and Whip
The biggest part of the process is the whipping. While this can be done by hand it can be pretty tough if you aren’t used to using a whisk for that long period of time.
You are going to run the mixer until you get the cream to the point where it looks like whipped cream. Stopping here would give you something you dollop on top of desserts. However, you need to keep the machine running.
You are trying to separate the cream at this point.
Strain and Wrap
Once you are left with curds and whey you will drain the whey and keep only the curds. Place the curds into some cheesecloth and roll that mix into a tube. Place that tube into the fridge and in a few hours you will have butter to enjoy.
Its actually very simple. You can also add salt if you want.