Saturday, January 14, 2012
This is fun for kiddos to do as well, they will love making their own herb combinations.
You will need:
a few glass marbles (optional)
your choice of herbs (optional)
Fill each mason jar half way with heavy cream and drop 2 marbles in each jar (if you don't have the marbles that's ok, just shake a little longer). Shake vigorously for 10-12 minutes
The cream will go through several stages...Whipped cream, stiff whipped cream, then the liquid will desperate from the butter (buttermilk, ha!). Once the liquid has separated shake for 2 more minutes. Open the jar and pour the liquid out and add 3 tablespoons of ice water. Shake for 30 seconds. Repeat this, with the cold water 2 more times.
Drain all the liquid from the jar and put your butter in a bowl. You can add your own herbs in. I like adding in roasted garlic and chopped rosemary.
With a fork combine the herbs. You can either return your butter to a jar or put your butter on wax paper and roll up and refrigerate.
I use homemade butter for everything! It's great alone on a slice of bread...The herbed butters are great for making garlic bread and mixing it in with some pasta, for a quick lunch...and I love using unsalted homemade butter for buttercream icing.