If you don’t mind a physically exhausting adventure in food preparation, you can make your own butter in a mason jar. It’ll really make you appreciate the effort farm wives used to put into beating the weekly butter out of fresh cream.
All you need is a mason jar with sealing lid and heavy whipping cream which has around 33% milk fat.
It takes about 10 minutes of shaking in a mason jar to end up with the same yellow gold you find in the grocery store – but the taste will be much purer! And as an added bonus you also get buttermilk which is great in pancakes or other baked treats.
This is a great project for kids – or you can make larger batches of butter in a stand mixer to save money on butter! If you use a lot of butter beating your own can be quite economical if you can get a good deal on heavy whipping cream.
As a rule of thumb – one quart of heavy cream will yield about one pound of butter. It varies depending on the milk fat content of your cream – more is always better!
This video by Tasting Table shows the entire process. They even put a wine cork inside the jar to help “beat the cream” which produces butter even faster than if you use a naked jar.