Butter is produced by churning milk or cream. Churning is a process that consist of a constant shaking ( agitation) motion that separates butterfat ,water and milk proteins. Butter is a source of enjoyment that is highly desirable with everything edible. Lets start with the creamy sweet flavor that butter brings to vegetables, butter alone has encouraged many children to try buttery asparagus, sweet corn on the cob and crunchy buttery carrots. Butter also taste great in savory dishes like stews and soups and on all types of meats, herbs and seafoods. And then there’s pancakes and waffles and a variety of breads and rolls. I especially love the taste of velvety butter in pastries, cookies, cakes and pies.
Of course I’m talking about cultured churned butter, a rustic butter that was created centuries ago. And even though we all have lots of modern kitchen equipment the hands on process of making rustic butter has never really changed. I’ve actually used my kitchen aid, food processor and the ice cream maker to churn the cream. Denise and I prefer Atlanta Fresh cream when it comes to making butter. Simply because it taste great and has no man made additives, which are in some of the butters and creams sold in grocery stores. In fact no animals are harmed or killed to make the products that come from good rich healthy cream.
In the process of making rustic butter the first stage is the glossy whipped cream which is perfect for desserts and hot chocolates. Next is the buttermilk which I prefer to use when baking and for many recipes that call for milk. At this point I stop the churning process to drain the buttermilk in a jar then I return to churning. Unless I decide to make crème fraîche which consist of 1 cup of whipped cream and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk left at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours. Crème fraîche taste great with any recipe you would add sour cream, although to me it doesn’t taste quite as tart as sour cream. And finally you get the star of the show the golden yellow sweet flavorful butter. As you can probably tell we really love butter.
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Coming soon the Creation of Cultured Churned Butter.