Thanksgiving Butter : FIG AND FAUNA

Thanksgiving Butter

by fig + fauna farm on 11/19/12

Lately, we have spent a lot of time contemplating the ways to explain Thanksgiving to Dane. We are diving into the stories of Pilgrims and Indians, but what I deeply want to convey to her this year, are the two sides of thankfulness - to give thanks for what we receive, while also finding joy in giving, so that we may create thankfulness in the hearts of others. I tend to teach her in ways that are tangible, so when I thought of our activities this week, the Thanksgiving feast came to mind. 
"Would you like to make something for our Thanksgiving feast? Something all your own, that you can share with everyone?"  I asked her. 
To which she replied with excitement " Of course! What can I make?"
"Butter! " I told her.
After all, butter is the binding creaminess passed from hand to hand and across the table with love. With each lick of butter shared, Dane may understand the heart-swell that comes with bringing contentment to others. Can't you just see hand-fulls of children shaking jars of fresh butter together on Thanksgiving Day!?

You will need:
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • sea salt
  • mason jars with lids

Fill the jar half way with heavy cream and screw the lid tight. Shake the jar back and forth vigorously until it becomes thick like whipped cream (about 5-7 minutes). You can open the jar at that point and see the change of thickness. Next, close the lid and shake again (harder) until the whipped cream becomes firm. It will feel like a ball has formed in the jar, and the liquid (buttermilk!) will separate from the butter. At this point, open the jar and press the buttermillk out of the butter with a paddle or spoon. Run the butter under cold water and press again until the water is clear and no buttermilk can be pressed from it. Add the salt to taste and enjoy!

* One pint of heavy cream will yield about one cup of butter

Comments (13)

1. Joy Chan said on 11/19/12 - 07:29PM
mmm this sounds absolutely fantastic.
2. dervla @ The Curator said on 11/19/12 - 08:24PM
Wow, this is something I've never tried ... looks so good!
3. Helene @ French Foodie Baby said on 11/19/12 - 08:47PM
I love this idea of teaching our children to do something to make others thankful, that is so wonderful, such a profound way to teach not only what being grateful is, but how fulfulling it is. Thank you so much for that. On a more practical note, love your butter. I actually just started making my own raw butter last month, so wonderful. Question: do you have a good use for the buttermilk?
4. Jenny Williams said on 11/20/12 - 01:44AM
This is one of my children's most favorite things to do. We all stand in the kitchen together making butter. And within about 1 minute all that shaking turns into laughter and then the music comes on and we start dancing too! haha It is such a sight to see. Who would have thought? Making butter is SO fun!!
5. Temika said on 11/20/12 - 05:58PM
This looks absolutely delectable - yum!
6. Melissa said on 11/21/12 - 05:28AM
What a great lesson for Dane - and what a great simple thing to make for thanksgiving! Quick question when do you add the sea salt?
7. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:42AM
Joy ~ thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!
8. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:43AM
Dervla ~ Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for the support!
9. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:45AM
Helene ~ thank you for your kind words! This is true buttermilk, but it is not the same as cultured buttermilk, so the consistency is thin. You can use it in place of water for baked goods! MMM! Happy Thanksgiving!
10. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:46AM
Jenny ~ Exactly! It's a butter party! Happy Thanksgiving!!
11. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:46AM
Temika ~ Thanks so much! Love your site!
12. fig + fauna said on 11/22/12 - 06:48AM
Melissa ~ Thanks! You can add the salt at the very end after you have "washed" and pressed all the liquid from the butter. Just a pinch goes a long way with sea salt! Enjoy!!
13. Regula @ Miss Foodwise said on 12/5/12 - 10:14PM
Very happy to have discovered your blog, I found it thanks to Farmette's blog. Lovely pictures! Will have a browse around!

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