Science Activities for Kids: How to Make Homemade Butter in 10 Minutes or Less by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area
Want your kids to contribute to the family meal and learn a little about science in the process? Make butter! Yes, cream turning into butter is science!
Here’s how to do it:
- Add the cream and a marble or two to your mason jar.
- Cover the jar tightly and shake like crazy! (It's all in the wrist!)
- Drain on a paper towel.
- Add salt, to taste.
- Grab the fresh bread and serve!
The time will depend on how much butter you’re making. For a 1/2 cup of cream, it takes about 10 minutes. The liquid will stiffen into whipped cream quickly, then it’ll seem like you’re at a standstill. Keep shaking, and all of a sudden the butter will separate from the water.
*A baby food jar is good for small children and a quart mason jar works well for older kids. Make sure the jar can hold triple the amount of liquid you have. If you want to make butter from a 1/2 cup of cream, you should use a 1-quart mason jar.
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