Making butter yourself in the butter barrel - That's how it works

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Homemade butter tastes good

Make butter yourself from cream or milk

Many years ago, my grandmother showed me how to make butter in a butter churn. As a child, I would often sit in her kitchen and watch her make butter. That was a long time ago though. I would like to make my own butter again like I used to. So I was all the more pleased that we were able to do this on our Travel as a kitchen spy im Hofmuseum runners in Klietz in Sachsen-Anhalt should see. But it often turns out differently than expected. Unfortunately, on our tour of Klietz, I fell over a tree and injured my arm. So I spent the time that I actually wanted to spend churning in the village doctor's waiting room. Nonetheless, Petar shot a great video in which Ms. Läufer shows how to make butter yourself. The best way to make butter yourself from raw milk. But it also works with cream or milk.



What do you need to make butter yourself?

You will need milk or cream first. If you want to make spreadable butter yourself, the best thing to do is to get raw milk directly from the farmer. This is the most productive. The cream made from raw milk contains approx. 50% fat. You pour the raw milk into a butter churn. You leave this overnight. During this time, a layer of cream forms on the surface. You skim this off for buttering.


That's what you need to make butter yourself

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If you do not get raw milk, the churning is done with whole milk or cream. These are taken out of the fridge for about two hours before churning. With cold milk or cream churning does not succeed. Whole milk contains about 3,5% fat. For cream, it is about 32%. The higher the fat content, the more butter you get. Just pour the milk or cream into the churn.

Making butter is best done by hand in a butter churn

You can beat the milk or cream with a mixer. But if you stir the butter manually, the butter gets better and more aromatic. It takes time for the buttermilk to be separated from liquid cream. At first you have the feeling that it does not work. Then you suddenly realize that the liquid is thickening. After about a quarter of an hour, the milk fat separates from the milk. The liquid buttermilk you can gently pour off.


Making butter yourself - that's how it works
How do you make butter yourself - Grandma Läufer shows us that in her farmer's museum in Klietz


So you wash the butter

Your butter is not ready yet. Now you have to wash most of the remaining buttermilk. You do that by placing the butter in an open container. Then you add cold water or water with ice cubes. This you press out with a butter paddle until a milky liquid is in the vessel. You throw this away. Then you add (ice) water again and repeat the process until the water left over by this process is almost clear.

Make butter yourself and refine the taste

Now you have perfect butter. These can be used as normal butter for bread. If your butter contains as little residual milk as possible, you can use it for baking or roasting. You can also refine it with salt, herbs or garlic and make your own buttercream out of it. With the ingredients, you can use the herb garden or use different salt mixtures.

Decorate with fresh butter

If you make butter yourself, you can then decorate this attractive. The easiest way is with two wooden forms, in which you fill the butter. You squeeze them together and get a pretty chicken, as shown by Mrs. Läufer in her museum. Alternatively, you can also use newer tools. For example, you can press the butter into a metal ring and decorate it with a stamp. Or you take wooden butter paddles and use their grooves as decoration.

How durable is homemade butter?

Freshly made butter stays in the fridge for about ten days. It is best to keep them in a special butter dish with a lid. So it stays soft and does not have to soften before eating. Have you ever made more butter than you can consume immediately, that it can also freeze well. So you can eat butter even after a year without problems.


Woman Laeufer in the Hofmuseum
Woman Laeufer in the Hofmuseum


More tips on how to make butter yourself

If you are traveling in the Elb-Havel-Winkel, you can get more tips from Mrs. Laufer in her farm museum. She knows a lot about how to make butter yourself. You can also get to know other traditional works in their museum. During their guided tours, they bake, butter, nail, spin, weave together and speak Low German. You can take a wonderful look behind the scenes of the Elb-Havel region and learn more about life in this area.

It is sufficient if you register with Ms. Läufer by telephone: Tel. 03 93 27 - 247

She gladly informs you about the address of the Hofmuseum.

Questions and answers about making butter yourself in a butter churn

How does a butter churn work?

The oldest way to make butter yourself is in a butter churn. A butter churn is traditionally made of wood or ceramic. The cream is placed in the barrel and pounded or whipped until butter forms.

How do you make butter in the old days?

If you want to make butter yourself, you need fresh milk. You cannot use homogenized milk for this. Put the fresh milk in the fridge until the cream separates. You then skim these off. You can put them in a butter churn like above and pound or pound them. Alternatively, you can place them in a glass butterslinger or kitchen utensil and beat until butter forms.

How much butter can I get from a liter of milk?

You only get a little butter from a liter of milk. If you want to make about 250 g butter yourself, you need about 4,5 liters of fresh milk.

Can you make your own butter from raw milk?

That's fine. You need raw milk to make butter yourself. You can't make butter out of homogenized milk from the supermarket. Milk that has been heat treated or skimmed milk is also not suitable. We'll get fresh milk farm shop. But not everyone has one around the corner. In the city you can get fresh raw milk or milk from the health food store.

Is homemade butter better than store-bought?

If you want to do something good for the environment, it is definitely better to make the butter yourself. Butter from the supermarket is always wrapped in foil or paper. This waste is eliminated if you put the butter in a wooden model and store it in the butter dish. If you make the butter from cream from a returnable bottle, you can make butter yourself with no waste. Fresh butter may not taste any different, but it helps to protect our environment.

How long does homemade butter keep?

If you make butter yourself, you can keep it fresh in the fridge. It stays there for about a week. If you put them in the freezer, they will keep for about a month. You can also make butter more varied with different flavoring ingredients.

Why is butter washed?

If you want to extend the shelf life of the butter, you can wash it. To do this, put the butter in a bowl and pour ice-cold water over it. Then knead the butter until the water becomes milky. This is buttermilk that you wash out of the butter.

Can you make butter yourself from cream?

Anyone who has ever whipped cream for too long knows it. Then the cream starts to clump. This is already the first step towards butter. If you continue to whip the cream, you get butter. Butter is obtained from the natural fat in the milk, i.e. the cream, by skimming it off and centrifuging it. If you pound, shake or whip the cream, you destroy the shells of the fat globules in the cream. This separates the fat from the buttermilk and creates butter.



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Making butter yourself in the butter barrel - That's how it works

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn