Kids love making butter! There’s a real magic in taking cream, shaking it up, and getting delicious homemade butter in the end.
How to Make Butter With Kids At Home
Making butter is easy! Here’s what you need:
- Cream. We like to keep this UHT cream from Trader Joe’s on hand at home for activities like this.
- A container.
- A clean marble. This isn’t strictly necessary, but it makes the butter churn a lot more quickly!
If you want a special treat, add a little bit of maple syrup to make a lightly sweetened butter that tastes absolutely delicious on fresh bread.
Put a little cream into the container. You don’t want to fill it more than halfway; one third works best in our experience.
Add a marble, and hand it to your child.
It’s really cool to see the cream magically transform into butter. Here you can see that two of the containers have undergone the transformation, while the third (on the right) is at more of a whipped cream phase:
And here are all three containers, each with their pat of butter sitting in some (mostly skim) milk:
Have you made butter before? I highly recommend it if you haven’t – just use a small amount of cream for the size of the jar – the shaking is more effective that way.
We especially love making butter on Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect way to keep little busy while everyone else is cooking!
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