When I was Young in the Mountains), I figured it was time to give it a try.
Heavy cream (the higher the fat content the better)
Jar or tupperware container for shaking (smaller containers= less time shaking) I used a salad dressing shaker because it was easy for little hands to hold while they shook
Marbles (optional, to aid the mixing process)
Fill the jar half-way up with the heavy cream, drop in the marbles and shake, shake, shake. You don't have to be super vigorous; just keep it moving.
Drain the buttermilk off of the butter and reserve for pancakes or something else delicious.
You'll be left with a soft, spreadable butter- slightly wetter than what you would buy in the store.
So...it DID take a long time. The five kids shaking it had worn themselves out before it was done; so the adults finished it up. Altogether, it took about 20 minutes of shaking for the butter to form.
If you're on the line about doing this activity yourself, my advice is that it is worth it, but be ready for a good arm workout!
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