- 1 pint organic heavy cream, chilled
- salt to taste
- In a large bowl, add heavy cream.
- Using a hand mixer beat cream on medium speed. The cream will start off frothy and then begin to thicken; increase speed to high and watch for the following stages:Coats the back of a spoon, but still runny; Soft peaks; Stiff peaks; Frosting-like; Begins to break into whipped pebble-like pieces – it will stay at this stage for quite a while; Listen for a slosh – as soon as you hear this, immediately turn off the mixer. Fat and water physically separate and the butter is left sitting in a pool of buttermilk.
- Transfer mixture to a cheese cloth-lined colander; drain buttermilk and, if desired, reserve for other recipes*.
- Squeeze any remaining buttermilk from butter; let butter stand in colander 5 minutes.
- Transfer butter to a medium glass or ceramic bowl; add salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate up to 14 days.
*The buttermilk is full of protein and can be added to smoothies, soups, sauces or used in baking recipes that call for buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate up to 7 days.