can i make homemade butter in a stand mixer?
Hi, I have a lovely stand mixer and an osterizer (I'm aspiring to the vitamix) and the cuisinart food processor is my last acquisition goal. So in the meantime... Do you have any suggestions on how to make butter wo shaking my arms off? Thanks!
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i'll try another brand of cream next week and see if that works better. i'm not giving up.
i have a cup of buttermilk left and so i guess tomorrow i'll make bread of some kind.
it should have an impressive flavor, shouldn't it (the butter i mean)?
If you make shortbread or something, you'll probably find that the homemade butter is going to work differently (because it typically has more water left behind in it). This works to your advantage with shortbread or shortcrust pastry. You may not need to add any water all.
I highly recommend using the Cuisinart / food processor -- it works brilliantly, and, is in my opinion the easiest to clean afterward. Mixer blades are harder to get the butter off of -- and your hands are going to be slippery slippery slippery. They call it butterfingers for a reason.
I posted my go at it a while back -- you can see the steps here if you like http://withinseason.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/butter/
Oh - and don't throw that buttermilk down the drain! You should press out as much as you can before the washing step. It won't yield a whole ton, but it's so worth keeping. (1 cup of raw heavy cream, yielded 4 oz. butter and a tbpn or so of buttermilk.)
The butter should be washed to remove as much of the butter milk as possible. This can be done by placing the butter in a bowl with cold water and kneading the butter. When the water discolors, pour it out and more cold water. Not washing the butter will result in butter that my go rancid because of the buttermilk.