Making butter yourself in the butter barrel - That's how it works

Homemade butter tastes good
Homemade butter tastes good
Homemade butter tastes good

Make butter yourself in the Hofmuseum runners in Klietz

How to make butter yourself in a butter churn, that's what my grandmother showed me many years ago. As a child, I often sat in her kitchen and watched her churning. That was a long time ago. Therefore, I was all the more pleased that we have this on our Travel as a kitchen spy im Hofmuseum runners in Klietz in Sachsen-Anhalt should see. Only often it comes differently than thought. Unfortunately, during our tour of Klietz, I fell over a tree and injured my arm. Therefore, I spent the time I actually wanted to spend churning, in the waiting room of the village doctor. Petar has nevertheless made a great video in which Mrs. Runner shows how to make butter himself.

What do you need to make butter?

You need milk or cream first. If you want to make the best butter yourself, you get the best raw milk directly from the farmers. This one is the most productive. The cream of raw milk contains about 50% fat. You pour the raw milk into a churn. This leaves you standing overnight. During this time, a layer of cream forms on the surface. This you scoop off for churning.


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.

Butter is best done by hand

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.


Making butter yourself - that's how it works
How to make butter yourself


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 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.


Woman Laeufer in the Hofmuseum
Woman Laeufer in the Hofmuseum


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.



Travel Arrangements:

Getting there

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.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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