Saw It. Pinned It. Did it!~ Homemade (Blender) Butter

Happy August everyone! How has your summer been? We have been super busy checking off our 2014 Summer Bucket List (post coming soon!) and having a blast! Now life has been settling down a bit, and summer vacation is coming to an end for us, I have been on such a “homemaker” kick recently. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it has been so hot out, and we’ve been staying inside trying to beat the heat. I don’t know about you, but I feel so accomplished when I am able to make something “homemade”. For me, it sort of feels like a special gift that I get to bless my family with! A few weeks ago I successfully made a delicious loaf of Honey Oat Bread, which my sweet hubby devoured. Before my homemade bread dissipated before my very eyes, I had been craving a rich & creamy butter to spread on a slice, with an accompaniment of strawberry jam. YUM! Thinking about that bread, and craving butter to spread all over it reminded me of a “Colonial Day” day I had participated in when I was in Elementary School, making my own butter in a little jar. (We also dipped our own candles, and the girls got to wear special bonnets all day long.) It was such a sweet and fun memory! With that in mind, I searched all over for an easy recipe to make my own butter, and I came across a few recipes that utilized the blender. (Wait, you can make butter in the blender?! Really! No Way!!!!) All of the sites said pretty much the same simple things, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out making my own butter. If it was a disaster, so be it. At least I had fun! It ended up being a monumental success (in my humble opinion!). It is just SO tasty, and SO easy, I just HAD to share!

So, this is how I did it!

What you’ll need:IMG_5342

  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (room temp.)
  • 1/4 tsp table salt (optional)
  • 1 cup very cold water (for rinsing)
  • a blender
  • mesh strainer or something to strain the butter

 

 

 


Delicious Homemade (Blender) Butter

*Before we begin, please note that this recipe is for one stick of butter (appx. 1/2 Cup or 8 Tbsp)

Instructions:

  1. Measure out 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream and pour into blender.
  2. Add 1/4 tsp salt (if desired).IMG_5344
  3. Put lid on blender, and blend on med-high (mine took about about 10 minutes) until butter begins to separate from the butter milk. (I had to stop my blender a few times and push the soft “whipped cream” down with a spoon. It did eventually separate, it just took a little longer.) Be patient, it WILL happen.
  4. Once the butter finally separates from the butter milk (it looks a bit curdled), let it sit for a few minutes to allow the butter to rise to the top. IMG_5345Pour out your “Buttermilk” into a separate bowl or jar and save for another baking project (I made these Buttermilk Cupcakes– absolutely delicious!).IMG_5346
  5. Next, pour 1/3  of your cold water over your butter, and pulse in the blender for a few seconds to rinse. Drain water out and repeat a few more times. (Rinsing is thought to help preserve the butter so it will last a bit longer in the refrigerator.)IMG_5347
  6. Finally, take a spoon and scoop your butter from the blender into a strainer to drain the excess “rinse water” out of your butter.IMG_5349
  7. Ta Da! Your butter is now ready for you to enjoy, or scoop into a butter container or make into a “log” and refrigerate!

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I ended up making 2 “logs” of butter from the one pint of heavy whipping cream I purchased. I added the store bought stick of butter in to the picture because I wanted to show that they are essentially the same amount of butter (my sticks are just a bit flatter and longer).


I hope that you have a chance to try this incredibly easy “recipe”! I promise you won’t be sorry you did! If you do make it, let me know how yours turned out! I’m thinking some infused/flavored butters are on dock for the very near future!

 

Until next time…

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Summer treat: Skin(ny) Water

Have you ever heard the old adage that if you feel hungry even after you have eaten, then you should drink a glass of water to help feel less hungry? A long time ago, I heard that this, and I completely agree! I admit it, I do not drink enough water during the day. I don’t know anyone who actually does drink their “8 by 8” (eight glasses of 8-ounces of water) every day. We all know that drinking water is healthy for you, yet we are constantly bombarded by advertisements portraying beautiful people guzzling down frosty cans of soda, “brisk” and refreshing iced teas, and even chilled bottles of water “flavored” with “real” lemons, raspberries and peaches, and I bet the majority of us will choose the latter. Lets face it, when it comes to a boring ole glass of plain water, the alternatives I just mentioned look pretty appeasing. Unfortunately, all of these are loaded with sugars or sweeteners that are not the healthiest for our bodies.

The next time you are craving something refreshing try out this recipe for my Skin(ny) Water! I’ve seen it called “Spa Water” or “Detox Water”, either way it’s great for your skin, and as a bonus can aid in weight loss/management. Not only is it incredibly refreshing on a hot day, the sugary drinks I mentioned earlier can not even compare to the AMAZING flavor combination in this water! PLUS, it costs significantly less and has absolutely NO sugar!! Once you try it, I doubt you will ever want the other drinks again! (Hopefully!)

Skin(ny) Water
Ingredients:
  • 2 thin round slices of Lemon (Lemons have so many benefits, most notably they aide in digestion and are full of Vit. C)
  • 2 thin round slices of Lime (not only do limes help with digestion, they smell great and can ease constipation)
  • 4-5 thin round slices of an English Cucumber (cucumbers are a great source of Vit. B1, K, and C, plus it replenishes the skin)
  • 4 Fresh Mint leaves (aids with digestion and can help soothe upset stomach, they also have that wonderful minty smell)
  • Ice
  • Filtered Water
Directions:
  1. In a large glass add ice (about ¾ of the glass)
  2. Add your sliced lemon, lime, cucumber and mint leaves
  3. Pour filtered water into your glass until full
  4. Stir all ingredients and let sit for about 5 minutes to infuse all the flavors together (don’t forget to keep all of the ingredients in the drink while you enjoy it, the flavor will intensify the longer they are left in)

After you drink down all of your infused water, add a bit more ice and pour water over it again to enjoy another glass. Ingredients should last for at least 3 refills!


 

Skin(ny) Water

 


Do you have any amazing infused water recipe that you love? Please share in the comments section below! I am always looking for something new to try!

Until Next Time…

 

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or weight loss specialist. I just really like this water! I adapted my drink recipe from this website.  I hope that you will try out my “recipe”, enjoy it, and share it with all of your friends and family!