Saturday, April 30, 2005

Delicious Science
Colin wants to be a scientist, so every day I think of some small science expirement we can do. Most are quite simple. For instance, if you put water in a jar, you can test which is lighter: water or air. The air always rises to the top, so we see that air is lighter. Today I was inspired! We made butter!!! Have you ever made your own butter? It is a quick thing and amazes children. Here's what you do:

Put some heavy cream in a small bowl. Your butter yield will be about the same as the amount of cream you put in. Add a little salt if you like, though it is not necessary. Get out your mixer and beat it until it is butter. It should take less than 5 minutes. Tastes best on saltines.

And, by the way, if you like salt and you're not using Kosher salt, give it a try. It is, suprisingly, far tastier than iodized salt. You'll thank me.



Blogger MichaelBates said...

Last week at "Pioneer Day" at my son's school, they did the same thing with a slightly different method: put heavy cream and salt in baby food jars, one for each student, and had the kids shake the jars for a few minutes until the cream turned to butter. My wife's granddad, who raised dairy cattle, used to do the same thing on a bigger scale, sitting on the porch and shaking a big jar full of cream.

1:37 PM, May 02, 2005  

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