日本での一年間

November 13, 2011

Butter shortage

Filed under: Cuisine, Food, Recipes — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 1:04 pm

Around late October/early November, I started to notice that price of butter in my rural Japanese mountain town was rising. Before I knew it, the Hokkaido butter, generally the cheapest, had nearly doubled in price from about 230 yen per 200 g pack ($3USD for 7 oz) to 419 yen per pack ($5.40USD). In addition, the shelves were generally on the bare side.

This is now the cheapest butter...

A small local milk company's butter costs double what the Hokkaido one does! That's more than $10USD for 200g (7 oz) of butter!

The store had a sign suggesting that customers try using margarine instead of butter.

But as I was about to buy expensive butter, I spotted some whipping cream that was half-off and decided that I might as well make my own butter.

I went crazy and bought two little cartons of whipping cream, since it was half off.

See the results after the jump.

Step 1: put cream in food processor. (My food processor has a whipping attachment, but it would probably be easier to use a hand-held mixer, if you have one.)

Step 2: proces the cream. It should change to a pale yellow color.

Step 3: Don't stop! Keep processing until the butter separates from the buttermilk.

Step 4: Strain butter. Get as much liquid as possible out of the butter.

And there you have it! I ended up with about half a cup of buttermilk and 205 g of butter. And the butter tasted better than the stuff I buy at the supermarket. Fresh butter is yummy.

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