Make butter yourself from cream or milk
My grandmother showed me many years ago how you can make butter yourself in a churn. As a child, I would often sit in her kitchen and watch her butter. That was a long time ago, however. I wanted to make butter myself like in the past. So I was all the more pleased that we were able to do this on our Travel as a kitchen spy im Hofmuseum runners in Klietz in Sachsen-Anhalt should see. But it often turns out differently than expected. Unfortunately, on our tour of Klietz, I fell over a tree and injured my arm. So I spent the time that I actually wanted to spend churning in the village doctor's waiting room. Nonetheless, Petar shot a great video in which Ms. Läufer shows how to make butter yourself. The best way to make butter yourself from raw milk. But it also works with cream or milk.
What do you need to make butter yourself?
You will need milk or cream first. If you want to make spreadable butter yourself, the best thing to do is to get raw milk directly from the farmer. This is the most productive. The cream made from raw milk contains approx. 50% fat. You pour the raw milk into a butter churn. You leave this overnight. During this time, a layer of cream forms on the surface. You skim this off for buttering.
That's what you need to make butter yourself
If you do not get raw milk, the churning is done with whole milk or cream. These are taken out of the fridge for about two hours before churning. With cold milk or cream churning does not succeed. Whole milk contains about 3,5% fat. For cream, it is about 32%. The higher the fat content, the more butter you get. Just pour the milk or cream into the churn.
Making butter is best done by hand in a butter churn
You can beat the milk or cream with a mixer. But if you stir the butter manually, the butter gets better and more aromatic. It takes time for the buttermilk to be separated from liquid cream. At first you have the feeling that it does not work. Then you suddenly realize that the liquid is thickening. After about a quarter of an hour, the milk fat separates from the milk. The liquid buttermilk you can gently pour off.
So you wash the butter
Your butter is not ready yet. Now you have to wash most of the remaining buttermilk. You do that by placing the butter in an open container. Then you add cold water or water with ice cubes. This you press out with a butter paddle until a milky liquid is in the vessel. You throw this away. Then you add (ice) water again and repeat the process until the water left over by this process is almost clear.
Refine in the taste
Now you have perfect butter. These can be used as normal butter for bread. If your butter contains as little residual milk as possible, you can use it for baking or roasting. You can also refine it with salt, herbs or garlic and make your own buttercream out of it. With the ingredients, you can use the herb garden or use different salt mixtures.
Decorate with fresh butter
If you make butter yourself, you can then decorate this attractive. The easiest way is with two wooden forms, in which you fill the butter. You squeeze them together and get a pretty chicken, as shown by Mrs. Läufer in her museum. Alternatively, you can also use newer tools. For example, you can press the butter into a metal ring and decorate it with a stamp. Or you take wooden butter paddles and use their grooves as decoration.
How durable is homemade butter?
Freshly made butter stays in the fridge for about ten days. It is best to keep them in a special butter dish with a lid. So it stays soft and does not have to soften before eating. Have you ever made more butter than you can consume immediately, that it can also freeze well. So you can eat butter even after a year without problems.
Other tips for making butter
If you are out and about in the Elb-Havel-Winkel, you can get more tips for making butter from Ms. Läufer in her farm museum. She knows a lot about it. You can also get to know other traditional works in their museum. During their tours, people bake, butter, nail, spin, weave and speak Low German together. So you can take a wonderful look behind the scenes of the Elb-Havel region and learn more about life in this area.
It is sufficient if you register with Ms. Läufer by telephone: Tel. 03 93 27 - 247
She gladly informs you about the address of the Hofmuseum.
Tips in the area
The nearest airport is Berlin Tegel. From there, take the train to the Elb-Havel-Winkel. Alternatively you can arrive by car or bike.
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Source: own research on site. We thank the Leader action group Elb-Havel-Winkel for the friendly support of this press trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
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