Churn Your Own Butter

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Churn Your Own Butter: an activity for children of all ages. In this activity, children will learn how butter is made on the farm. It’s best done wearing a prairie dress and bonnet. 🙂

*This recipe was adapted from  Pioneer Farm by Megan O’Hara.

  • Supplies:
    • one mason jar with lid (or a real butter churn if you are into antiques)
  • Ingredients:
    • one cup whipping cream
  • Read one or more of the following books:
    • Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (especially Farmer Boy) – highly recommended for children ages 6-12. (R)
    •  Pioneer Farm by Megan O’Hara – highly recommended for children ages 4-12. (R) This cute little story is written about life on a farm in the 1880’s.
  • Put the whipping cream into the mason jar. Put the lid on, making sure it’s on tight.
  • Shake the jar for 30 minutes. (This is a great way to get the wiggles out.) You will see the butter separate from the buttermilk.
  • Put the butter in a bowl.
  • Place the buttermilk in a lidded container and use it to drink or in a recipe (like pancakes or apple cider donuts!)
  • Rinse the butter with a little cold water as any buttermilk left on the butter can spoil it.
  • Stir in a pinch of salt to taste (optional).
  • Flavor the butter as desired: maple syrup, rosemary, sage, garlic, honey, pear preserves, etc.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.