My grocery store must have been way overstocked for Thanksgiving, because the other day they had cream that was almost to the sell-by date clearanced out to $.15 for 8oz containers! Plus 16oz half and half for $.16. It's just regular grocery store brand unfortunately, but at that price I couldn't pass it up. So far I have made two batches of ice cream, about 162oz worth of half and half yogurt (delicious and creamy in smoothies, or for dessert) and have two large jars of creme fraiche started on my counter. Any other ideas on ways to prepare the cream to extend its life? Or recipes that would help me use all the finished products? I have probably a gallon-ish of cream left.
If you have kids, butter is SO much fun to make. Just put the cream in a well-sealed mason jar and start shaking. Depending on how much and hard you shake it, you have butter in about 30 minutes or longer. Kids LOVE making butter. One the butter separates and solidifies, just salt it a little if you want and then... the fun part... shape it or spread it into a mold before refrigerating. The buttermilk left over can be cultured, if you are into that (and it sounds like you are) or you can just add it to soups for a little flavor.
Just wanted to update with my success story... I mixed up my very own batch of butter in the KitchenAid! So easy. I don't think my babe would be old enough to get into it yet, but I don't see the end of my butter making career any time soon :) I was starting to wonder if I'd be able to use up all the cream, now I'm wishing I'd bought more! There's just something so cool about seeing an ingredient transform into something completely different.
Thank you for suggesting culturing the buttermilk! That's such a great idea, but for some reason it hadn't even occurred to me.
Whenever I have extra cream, I whip it with a little agave syrup and vanilla, then freeze dollops of it on a tray. Then, I store the dollops in a container in the freezer and use them in hot chocolate or coffee.
Just wondering which mixer attachment you used with your Kitchen aid ? which speed ? How long did it take? The butter would be cute to shape into a mold and hand out as homemade Christmas gifts
Jess SAHM to Daniel (09/07) and Samuel (06/10)and Katie Lee (11/11) Wifey to my "geek" : David for 14 yrs. ( 4/09 @ 19 weeks).
I am sooooo going to do this! YUM!
Lisa L&D RN mama to DS#1 (4-01) DS#2 (9-03) DD (10-05) X2, 10-2011
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