How to Make Raw or Pasteurized Butter

I have a confession to make. I used to have my kids make butter when they were driving me crazy. Which was often. Let’s just say…we had a lot of butter. I would hand them a small baby food jar filled with cream and a pinch of sea salt and tell them to take turns shaking it until it became butter. It kept them busy for about 15 minutes, which is a long time in mom minutes. But butter making isn’t just a way to keep kids occupied, grown ups love it too. So I decided to make a step by step tutorial: How to Make Raw or Pasteurized Butter! No baby food jars or shaking required.
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It’s Not 1850, Why Make Your Own Butter?

First and not surprisingly, homemade butter tastes better than store bought. It just does, I can’t tell you why other than that you are going to be using the thickest, best quality organic cream you can find and an excellent sea salt. But there is another reason to make butter! I, on occasion find myself with too much cream. I buy cream for a recipe and use only a portion and have no use for the rest. Rather than waste it, I turn it into butter!

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How To:

Obviously I am giving you a recipe below, but here is the run down step by step….whip up some heavy cream (raw or pasteurized cream it’s up to you). Be sure to buy the thickest, creamiest organic cream you can find. My favorite is raw and grass fed.

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When It Looks Like Whipped Cream You’re Halfway There!

I would guess most of us have made whipped cream, making butter is very similar. When the cream looks like whipped cream you add a pinch of sea salt and just keep on whipping! By the way, I adore my Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It’s small and light and fits in a regular size cupboard without killing my shoulders every time I pull it out!

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Ah… We Have Butter. And Guess What? It’s Good For You!

A few minutes after achieving whipped cream status, you will reach ‘butter status’. Thick, sweet cream butter! Now, I know butter has gotten a bad rap in the past, but butter has many healthful properties. Butter contains CLA, a type of fat that may have cancer-fighting properties, as well as help reduce body fat and improve immune function. Butter is rich in butyrate, a type of short chain fatty acid that has been associated with several benefits including reduced inflammation, reduced insulin sensitivity and electrolyte balancing. Butyrate is also produced by the beneficial bacteria in your gut and is used as a source of energy for the cells in your intestines. One tablespoon of butter contains 11% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A and 2% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E and K!

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The Buttermilk:

Buttermilk is a by product of making butter, see it there in the mixing bowl? After making the butter you can strain the butter milk and save it in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for later use in my Vanilla Buttermilk Cake. See what I did there:)

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Storing Butter:

After making butter you can store it however you like in any shape you like. You can spoon onto parchment paper and form into a log and wrap it up, or store in an airtight container, or press into a mold of your choice! Butter lasts 6-9 months in the fridge!

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Personally, I Think Homemade Butter Makes a Great Gift!

Need a gift for the neighbors, teachers, mailman or your best pal? Butter baby. I mean wouldn’t you be thrilled to receive creamy homemade organic grass fed sweet cream butter wrapped in parchment and a cute string? Or in a decorated mason jar? I would be your BBF if you gave this to me. But then again I made my kids make butter as a punishment…so there’s that.

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The Recipe: How to Make Raw or Pasteurized Butter

What you need: a mixer ( I love my Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer) and a quality sea salt. I buy the tub to save a lot of money!

5 from 16 votes
How to Make Raw or Pasteurized Butter
Prep Time
15 mins
 

15 minutes to fresh, sweet cream butter!

Course: Condiment
Keyword: butter, homemade butter, how to
Ingredients
Note: You can use any amount of cream you have on hand and adjust sea salt accordingly. Just be sure it won't overflow your mixing bowl. My recipe uses a pint (4 cups) of cream
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place cream in mixer and mix on low/med speed for about five minutes or until bubbles form

  2. Add salt, then move speed up to med/high until cream looks like whipped cream

  3. Once whipped cream is achieved set mixer on high speed and keep a close eye, it goes from whipped cream to butter pretty quickly! Once you have butter let the mixer continue and it will force the liquid out of the butter, making buttermilk! Turn off mixer

  4. Scoop butter into a any dish you wish or place on parchment or wax paper and use hands to form into a log and wrap it up! As you press butter into mold it may release more buttermilk, just add the milk to your bowl. Cover butter and store in the fridge for up to 3 months or freeze for up to a year, removing to soften as needed.

For the buttermilk
  1. Pour buttermilk through a mesh strainer to remove any butter chunks. You can store buttermilk in the fridge for a week or freeze in ice cube trays and thaw as needed.

 

 

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How To Fry the Perfect Egg!

I pretty much love a fried egg on just about everything. And while making a fried egg may seem simple enough, there are a few tips that will take your egg frying skills to a new level! So without further ado, here’s How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
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THE REDEMPTION OF THE EGG!

Yes, after 40 years of vilifying eggs, the government agencies that like to change their minds every few years about natural foods but freely tell you artificial sweeteners, flavorings and colorings are safe (sigh) have finally decided to announce that cholesterol is no longer ‘a nutrient of concern’. And with that announcement they encouraged people to eat eggs (and butter). It only took them forty years to catch up with what real food enthusiasts already knew: eggs are good for you. Eggs are high in protein, healthy fats and let’s face it, they look pretty darn good on everything. (Find the recipe for the flatbread below here)

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Tips: Let’s Start with The Pan

To achieve the perfect fried egg you need a good quality non-stick pan. Now that doesn’t mean a pan coated with toxic chemicals. That means a pan that is naturally non stick or highly seasoned making it non stick: we’re looking at you cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic! To learn more about safe cookware, click.

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The Importance of Heat and Oil:

Even with a non stick pan there are certain rules to egg frying that really make a difference.
1. Start with a hot pan. When the pan and oil are really hot the egg immediately contracts away from the pan which prevents sticking, if you put eggs in a lukewarm pan they stick. #truth.

2. Use olive oil, butter, or a combo of the two when frying, and be sure to use enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan. Using plenty of olive oil or butter not only prevents sticking but also adds flavor. And gives you that crispy edge you see in the photos in this post. Perfection! (Find the recipe for Broccoli with Fried Egg here)

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Getting the Yolk Just Right:

Like beauty, the ‘perfect yolk’ is in the eye of the beholder. I love mine runny, my husband likes his almost firm. I will give you tips for achieving each, and everything in between in the recipe below.
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The Recipe: How To Fry the Perfect Egg!

What you need: a good non stick pan. 

How To Fry the Perfect Egg!
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 mins
 

How to fry eggs to achieve the perfect 'doneness' with no sticking!

Course: Breakfast
Keyword: fried egg, how to, how to fry an egg
Ingredients
  • desired amount of fresh, free range eggs
  • extra virgin olive oil, grass fed butter, or both
  • Sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. NOTE: The size pan and the amount of oil/butter you use will depend on how many eggs you are frying. So choose your pan accordingly.

  2. Heat a non stick pan on med/high heat until hot (give it at least 90 seconds). Add oil, butter or a combination of the two to the pan and allow time for them to get hot without smoking. Pan should be generously coated.

  3. Gently add eggs to pan and turn heat down to low immediately. The pan should be hot enough that you hear a "pssssshhhhh" sound when eggs hit the pan, this helps with sticking and gives you that crispy edge.

  4. Cook on low for three to five minutes until whites are set and yolk is done to preference. I love to leave my yolk runny, so I only cook one side. My husband likes his more well done, so he turns his egg once the whites are set and cooks until yolk is almost firm. You can do either, or something in between, totally up to you!

  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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How to Caramelize Onions

Few things add more flavor to food than caramelized onions. Whether you use them to toss in pasta, add flavor to beef, top a burger or give pizza a sweet twist they are the perfect flavor booster!
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How to Caramelize Onions

How To:

Of course we start with the onions, red, yellow or white, thinly sliced. Place in a pan and drizzle with olive oil. (Printable recipe below)

How to Caramelize Onions

Patience is a Virtue:

Caramelizing onions takes patience. You will be tempted to speed the the process along by turning up the heat. All that accomplishes is burning the onions. Allow the onions to cook at medium heat until they begin to brown and reduce in size, this can take 20-25 minutes or so. Stir frequently.

How to Caramelize Onions

Last But Not Least:

As the liquid in the onions begins to evaporate, the onions will get sweeter and sweeter because the natural sugars in the onions get more and more concentrated. Once the onions have lost about half their volume, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned pepper, then drizzle with balsamic glaze.. Balsamic glaze is a reduced balsamic vinegar and has the consistency of a thick syrup. It is the perfect addition to caramelized onions!

How to Caramelize Onions

Perfection! Now How To Use Them!

Now that you have learned a new skill try caramelized onions on sandwiches, in pastas, on meats, pizzas and flatbreads…just about anything really! I especially love caramelized onions on this tri-tip!

How to Caramelize Onions

The Recipe: Caramelized Onions

What you will need: a good pan, a good knife and balsamic glaze.

5 from 6 votes
How to Caramelize Onions
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Remember that caramelizing onions takes patience! Keep heat and medium and stir frequently.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, how to
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 onions peeled and thinly sliced my favorite are red
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
Instructions
  1. Place a large pan on medium/high heat
  2. Add butter and olive oil
  3. When hot, add onions
  4. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions are really going, then turn heat to medium and keep it there as onions reduce
  5. When onions lose at least half their volume sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste
  6. When onions are done (usually 25-30 minutes) turn off heat
  7. Drizzle with balsamic glaze
  8. Place atop or in whatever recipe you choose!

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