When it comes to making butter, I still picture a colonial woman standing and churning butter in a barrel all day long. So it was pretty cool that the Kilner Butter Churner let me make butter while sitting on my couch!
The butter churner itself is a large Mason Jar-like glass container, with a specially fitted top that includes a crank on top, and the turners that go inside of the jar and whip the cream. The top has two metal hooks on opposite sides of the jar to keep it secure while you crank your butter, so I never felt like the lid would pop off and either hit me in the face, or get my precious butter everywhere. I was so comfortable with the latches that I really did sit on my couch while using this butter churner, never fearing for my upholstery.
The directions tell you that you should expect your butter to be done after 10 to 12 minutes, but I found that my butter was typically done faster than that, which was a nice surprise. It has also held up in my fridge for over a week now, with no signs of spoiling.
It even comes with a few recipes to make interesting butter combinations, like adding certain herbs or spices for some extra flavor. I haven’t tried those yet, but I’m a sucker for fancy butters, so I’m sure I’ll have a blast trying them out!
My only complaint about this butter churner was the fact that the directions did not tell you how much cream you should be putting into the jar at a time. The first time I tried it, I assumed that you could fill the jar to the top, so I spent about 30 minutes cranking the handle with no results. It made me very frustrated, and it took me a few different rounds of butter to figure out the best amount of cream to add to get butter quickly.
Overall, I think this is a very usual and fun tool to have in the kitchen, especially around the holidays when you’re going through butter like crazy. I would really like to try this in the future with fresh cream, rather than the store-bought variety that I used. Making my own butter was awesome, but I think it will be even better if I used fresh and organic cream instead next time
You can purchase the Kilner Butter Churner at the Mother Earth News Store!