Making your own butter supposedly produces a lighter and fresher, free of the preservatives and artificial coloring butter. And since I love butter, I decided to find a DIY for butter. So excited to try it. Check it out.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sour cream (optional)
- Mason Jar or food processor
- Small mesh strainer
Using the Mason Jar, vigorously shake the cream for 20-30 minutes.
Or, place the cream in the food processor for about 5 minutes and whip until the butter has formed a solid yet grainy yellow mass.
Pour every thing onto the small mesh strainer over and into bowl. The liquid is buttermilk! (You get milk and buttermilk with this process! How awesome is that?) Refrigerate the butter milk, it will last for several days.
Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and pour cold water over the butter. Gently massage the butter and press it together. This removes any additional buttermilk. You want to remove excess buttermilk because it will cause the butter to go sour quickly. Pour out the water. Gently massage the butter and repeat the process until the water is clear.
You can then add salt, herbs, or any other seasoning you would like to the butter to give it the taste you!
So as some of you know I am sort of an urban lifestyle/social life concierge. When ever my friends want a place that would be good for them to go, on any date (friendly or more intimate- where food is involved), I am usually their first point of contact.
I do my research and usually set everything up so they don’t have to do anything but show up. The latest request I received was this past weekend for a nice soulfood restaurant for two friends catching up, one was from out of town and the other lived upstate.
It was very short notice and so I just rattled off a few places that I would suggest since I was doing this as a favor; not reservations made, no business time used.
The places I suggested captured the entire rainbow from the “local-local” spot to something that would be a little more formal as far as ambiance (of course all with decent soul food). These were the place I suggested:
Soco 509 Myrtle Ave
(between Ryerson St & Grand Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Melba’s 300 W 114th St
(between Manhattan Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10026
Manna’s soul food restaurant
Peaches restaurant and bar
393 Lewis Avenue
Brooklyn NY, 11233