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How to Make Butter at Home: 3 Ridiculously Simple Methods

How to Make Butter at Home: 3 Ridiculously Simple Methods

How to make butter is a skill that everyone should learn. The process is superbly easy and the output—a velvety rich butter —is rewarding enough to motivate you to get started.

Why should you make butter at your own home?

  • It’s as easy as hitting “on” on your blender.
  • As long as you use a good, heavy cream, your butter will taste better than the industrially-produced ones.
  • It’s way fresher than its store counterpart. It’s devoid of any artificial preservatives or colors, as long as the cream you use is fresh as well.
  • It can be personalized. The flavor of the butter can vary depending on the type of cream and the type of spices you use. The possibilities of producing an innovative flavor are endless!

You don’t even need to be overwhelmed with the whole process. Because it’s relatively simple and easy to make, I won’t be surprised if you suddenly include butter-making in your weekly cooking routines! Are you ready? Let’s get started learning about how to make butter.

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The Shaking Method:

Things you’ll need: 

  • Cream (in room temperature)
  • Tight-fitting container
  • Filtering cloth like cheesecloth, paper coffee filters or medical gauze
  • Ice-cold water
  • Wooden spatulas

Things you’ll do:

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  1. Check your container meticulously. You don’t want bits of cream to mess up your whole kitchen just because your lid is loose, right?
  2. Put the room temperature cream in the tight-fitting container. Make sure that the container can hold at least twice the volume of the amount of cream you’re placing.
  3. Shake the container up and down repeatedly for 3 minutes. 
  4. After 3 minutes, you’d notice that the cream begins to feel heavier. Keep on going.
  5. After 3 minutes again, the cream will feel like a hard solid substance. You are to continue shaking until you feel the butter separating from the buttermilk. The sloshing sound is an indication of this.
  6. After hearing the sloshing sound, keep shaking for about 3 minutes once again.
  7. Cover the top of the jar with your filtering cloth and pour off the buttermilk.
  8. Fill your container with ice-cold water up until the top of the butter.
  9. Replace your earlier filtering cloth with a new one. Drain the container by pouring water out into the sink. Repeat until the water drains become clear.
  10. Also, drain the water under the butter by squeezing the butter with a wooden spatula. Use paper towels to absorb the drainage.
  11. Add salt as desired. Refrigerate your freshly made butter.

The Whipping Method: 

Things you’ll need:

  • Cream, preferably heavy
  • Chilled stainless steel bowl
  • Two wooden spatulas

Things you’ll do:

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  1. Pour your room temperature cream into your chilled bowl.
  2. Whip your cream until the cream looks dry enough.
  3. After viewing this, continue whipping until you see the separation of the butter and the buttermilk from each other.
  4. To prevent your butter from being spoiled quickly, put it in the blender and blend it together with ice-cold water.
  5. Blend in low speed for a minute.
  6. After a while, drain the water out of the blender by squeezing it between two wooden spatulas.
  7. Continue draining the butter until the water drainage becomes clear enough.
  8. Add salt as desired.
  9. Refrigerate.

The Blending Method:

Things you’ll need:

  • Whole cream
  • Blender, mixer or food processor
  • Ice-cold water
  • Wooden spatulas

Things you’ll do:

  1. Put your cream into your blender, mixer or food processor and whip into high speed. 
  2. Keep going until milk fat & solid substances (butter) separates from the liquid (buttermilk). You’ll hear the sloshing sound as the indication of this.
  3. Drain the buttermilk away from the butter by running it under ice-cold water and squeezing it between two wooden spoons or spatula. Some people even prefer using their own hands for the squeezing part.
  4. Squeeze as tight as possible – if there’s buttermilk left in your butter, your butter will get rancid quickly.
  5. Rinse it well with ice-cold water.
  6. Pack your butter into an air-tight container.
  7. Add salt as desired.
  8. Refrigerate accordingly.

So, there you have it! How to make butter is a process that’s simple, cost-effective and entertaining.

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If you ever have any difficulty with baking and cooking as your family bonding activities, why don’t you start with butter-making first? From then, you can even bring out some beverages, some bread and some butter to spread the creamy goodness all around.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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