A Bit o' Better Butter: Making Butter by Hand Premium class

Janet Hesselberth, Traditional Skills from the Kitchen and Garden

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5 Videos (20m)
    • Introduction

      3:22
    • Ingredients

      3:26
    • Churn and Wash

      6:35
    • Molding

      4:28
    • Conclusion

      1:55

About This Class

Let's make a Bit o' Better Butter! It's fun, easy, and so delicious. I will review ingredients, multiple methods of churning the butter (for those of us who don't have a churn in the pantry), the importance of washing the butter (no soap, please!), and some creative presentations of your butter. Butter can be molded or sculpted to make it extra special and let your creativity shine.

18 of 21 students recommendSee All

Lovely. Thank you!
Good basic instruction on making butter. Love that the instructor made mistakes because it shows how to fix things that can go wrong. That is actually very helpful in my opinion. Thanks for the inspiration to make my own fresh butter. Can't wait to try.
Laura Wrede

Greeting Card Designer at Irene Irene Art

Janet does a wonderful job of explaining each step of the butter making process. I would definitely recommend this video to anyone interested in making butter. This would be fun with kids!

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Janet Hesselberth

Traditional Skills from the Kitchen and Garden

I was raised by a Chemical Engineer and an Artist, an interesting dichotomy that led to a wonderful variety of skills in the household rather than conflict. My childhood was filled with projects such as soap-making, knitting, dyeing, home canning, gardening, pottery making, needlework and basketry. I could be found hanging by my knees from tree branches, collecting crayfish from the creek, manning my parents' pottery booth at crafts fairs, or weeding (under duress) in the garden. As I matured, I found that all of those activities I grew up with had lodged in my brain as things I enjoyed, and I have continued with many of them. Before I found my way into Information Technology, one of my first paying job was as a costumed Crafts Demonstrator at a nearby historic house. My home is filled with hand-crafted items, and my gardens are overflowing with herbs, flowers and vegetables. I enjoy sharing knowledge, and preserving the skills that our ancestors needed.

I hold seasonal workshops in my kitchen (by request) on canning or crafting herbal medicines.