We have made butter a few times, but we got the idea of adding maple syrup from the book, Weird, Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home. This activity kept us all busy during the long hours of Hurricane Sandy. We were lucky enough to keep power throughout the storm, but it was DARK outside – these photos were taken in the middle of the day.
Lily got to make butter at the library last year, and so Emma and Johnny were quick to pick that activity out of the book – and luckily we had everything we needed!
We put a little cream and a tiny amount of maple syrup (just for fun, suggested in the ALEX Toys book) in a container for each kid, and they set to work, shake, shake, shaking!
And here are all three containers, each with their pat of butter sitting in some (mostly skim) milk:
Mike had made bread the day before, so the kids got to enjoy homemade butter on homemade bread:
You could barely taste the maple syrup in the butter, but it sure made the leftover milk taste amazing!
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’ll be making butter again soon as a Thanksgiving activity.