Butter Outta Cream

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Do you know how to make butter outta cream? Make your own homemade butter with this easy method inspired by the musical Catch Me If You Can.

Butter Outta Cream - how to make homemade butter!

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Catch Me If You Can opened on Broadway in 2011, receiving four Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical. Based on the 2002 movie of the same name (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks), the musical is about a con artist named Frank Abagnale, Jr. , and in fact much of the plot is based on Abagnale’s 1980 autobiography.

Butter Outta Cream is a song towards the end of Act I between Frank Jr. and Frank Sr., where they make the best of the situation and learn to be happy with what they’ve got.

So if lemons clog your sink up
Don’t just stand around and scream
Spike some lemonade and drink up
And make butter out of cream

And making butter outta cream really is very easy! All you need is a sturdy plastic bottle with lid, heavy cream (I used about ½ cup – don’t be tempted to use more or it will take AGES to shake into butter) and some (clean!) marbles. Actually the marbles are optional but it does makes the process faster.

Add the cream and marbles to the bottle, screw the lid on tight, and get shaking. It will take a little while, so be patient and enjoy the workout. At first it will form whipped cream, then as you keep shaking it will get thicker – like whipped butter.

After a while you will start to hear liquid – that’s the buttermilk coming out!

Drain away the buttermilk, remove the marbles (marbles on toast just isn’t the done thing), then add ice cold water to the bottle. Grind in a little salt (although I usually buy and prefer unsalted butter, I do think that this homemade butter needs a little salt). Close the lid, shake a few times, and drain again.

Scoop out the butter, and enjoy! Try it on toast, steak, fish or cooked vegetables!

Butter Outta Cream - how to make homemade butter!

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt
  • ice cold water

Instructions

  1. Add the cream to a sturdy plastic bottle with lid, together with two clean marbles. Screw the lid on tight, and get shaking.
  2. At first it will form whipped cream, then as you keep shaking it will get thicker – like whipped butter.
  3. Soon you will start to hear liquid – that’s the buttermilk coming out.
  4. Drain away the buttermilk, remove the marbles, then add ice cold water to the bottle. Grind in a little salt. Close the lid, shake a few times, and drain again.
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