Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Macy's Day Parade and Making Butter

Images from Macy's Day Parade site
One of our favorite traditions on Thanksgiving morning is to watch the Macy's Day parade.  We love to watch the whole show.  We also make butter for our Thanksgiving dinner while we watch - another tradition.  We pass around a chilled mason jar with 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, and we shake and shake and shake!  It seems as if it will never turn to butter, but after shaking and shaking all of a sudden it turns into solid butter and buttermilk.  Next, we open the jar and pour the butter and buttermilk into a strainer.  Lila likes to drink the buttermilk that goes into a bowl under the strainer, or we can make pancakes with it later.  Then we rinse the butter that's left in the strainer in cold water to remove the rest of the buttermilk.  After rinsing we put the butter in a bowl and using a clean wooden spoon to stir and press the butter against the side of the bowl we swish with more cold water.  Removing as much buttermilk as possible will help the butter last longer.  Then add salt to taste and serve with rolls at dinner.  My husband likes to eat the butter on club crackers for a snack.  It's a fun tradition that we've done for years.  It gives us something fun to do together while we watch the parade too!


  1. Oh, I like this idea! I've done this with students in the past, but I've never thought to do it with my family at home. I'm definitely trying this :)

  2. What a wonderful tradition. Please consider adding this to the home school resource website, "Look What We Did." -Savannah http://lookwhatwedid-homeschool.blogspot.com