There's a pretty good secret that the world has been keeping from us. Butter does NOT need to be churned for hours on end by a little old lady with a bonnet. (Maybe that's just what I've always thought...)
Butter is actually really easy to make, especially if you have a good stand mixer. And the results, oh Lordy. I can't even tell you how much fresh butter we gobbled down with homemade bread the day we made this. You can't say I didn't warn you.
While most of my recipes help us save money by making food at home, this one didn't. It cost us about twice as much as some cheap generic butter would have cost us at the store. But, if you compare it to some fancy herbed butter, you'll about break even.
This recipe is NOT about the money anyways. It's about learning how food is made and knowing that you could make it if necessary. You've got to try this at least once. Kids (and adults!) would love to see the magical transformation from cream to whipped cream to butter. So simple yet so delicious.
Homemade (Herb) Butter
- heavy cream (not the low-fat stuff in this case), any amount will do
- salt, to taste
- herbs, to taste (we used fresh chopped chives and grated garlic, but chopped garlic scapes, fresh oregano or whatever else you might have around would work fine)