Cam in the Kitchen: Butter

Inspired by this post on How We Montessori I decided Cam and I should make butter. It’s fairly easy and requires movement. Both excellent qualities for a toddler activity. 

What You’ll Need:

  • a small container, preferably with a screw-top lid such as a small mason jar or tupperware (we used this one)
  • 1/2 pint of heavy cream, get the good stuff because there is only one ingredient and the quality will stand out
  • Raffi’s “Shake Your Sillies Out” (video here)
  • French bread rolls or baguette
  • second container and sieve

What To Do (it looks like a lot of steps, but it’s super simple):

  1. Bring the cream up to room temperature. It’s easiest just to leave it on the counter for awhile.
  2. Pour the cream into the container leaving some room at the top so it can slosh around.
  3. Put on the song and start shaking. I suggest taking turns with your child as they may not be the most efficient shaker. This is why I recommend a screw-top lid!
  4. Listen to the cream sloshing around. After a few minutes (3-5) you’ll notice that it isn’t sloshing anymore. If you open it to check, you’ll notice that it’s quite thick and starting to look like whipped butter. 
  5. Keep shaking. After a few more minutes you’ll notice that you hear sloshing again. This is the fat (butter) separating from the buttermilk (not exactly like the buttermilk you buy in the store). You can check on it a couple more times. Each time you’ll notice that the butter is coming together more and more. Feel free to taste at every stage. Cam did! 
  6. When it’s a consistency you’re happy with pour the buttermilk out into another container through the sieve. This will catch the butter if it falls out. You can save the buttermilk to use in baking (such as biscuits, see here for our recipe).
  7. Spread your fresh butter on the bread and enjoy!

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