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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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