Friday, November 14, 2008

How to can butter.....

My friend, Tracey, told me that she had canned butter and honestly I had never heard of such a thing. What a wonderful idea! I happen to have lots of butter that is overflowing my freezer from the great Fry's sale. I would love to store it for long term use. I found this information on how to can butter properly on a blog called "End Times Report." This is so simple and better yet requires no special equipment. I have been trying to can items twice a month at least so this is my next project. I feel at peace to see all these cute filled jars in my pantry. My husband is adding a new shelf in my pantry just to hold my beautiful jars of nutrients. Thanks, Babe! So, if you too have some extra butter and want to put them into a proper resting place, here you go.

1. Use any butter that is on sale. Lesser quality butter requires more shaking (see #5 below), but the results are the same as with the expensive brands.
2. Heat pint jars in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, without rings or seals. One pound of butter slightly more than fills one pint jar, so if you melt 11 pounds of butter, heat 12 pint jars. A roasting pan works well for holding the pint jars while in the oven.
3. While the jars are heating, melt butter slowly until it comes to a slow boil. Using a large spatula, stir the bottom of the pot often to keep the butter from scorching. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes at least: a good simmer time will lessen the amount of shaking required (see #5 below). Place the lids in a small pot and bring to a boil, leaving the lids in simmering water until needed.
4. Stirring the melted butter from the bottom to the top with a soup ladle or small pot with a handle, pour the melted butter carefully into heated jars through a canning jar funnel. Leave 3/4" of head space in the jar, which allows room for the shaking process.
5. Carefully wipe off the top of the jars, then get a hot lid from the simmering water, add the lid and ring and tighten securely. Lids will seal as they cool. Once a few lids "ping," shake while the jars are still warm, but cool enough to handle easily, because the butter will separate and become foamy on top and white on the bottom. In a few minutes, shake again, and repeat until the butter retains the same consistency throughout the jar.
6. At this point, while still slightly warm, put the jars into a refrigerator. While cooling and hardening, shake again, and the melted butter will then look like butter and become firm. This final shaking is very important! Check every 5 minutes and give the jars a little shake until they are hardened in the jar! Leave in the refrigerator for an hour.
7. Canned butter should store for 3 years or longer on a cool, dark shelf. [It does last a long time. We have just used up the last of the butter we canned in 1999, and it was fine after 5 years.] Canned butter does not "melt" again when opened, so it does not need to be refrigerated upon opening, provided it is used within a reasonable length of time.


Sheri said...

Just know that the texture of the butter is a little grainy, and the butter seems to be salter.

Cindy Thomas said...

That is WONDERFUL! Now I just need to get motivated to take on another project!

Megan said...

Wow, this sounds like a fun project. I don't mind the grainy saltier butter. If I were hungry I would eat leather if I had to!

Lindsey said...

So, if it doesn't melt again, can you use it for baking once you have gone through this process?

Jenson Family said...

Wow. This is great to know - I had NEVER heard of this. Thanks so much. What a great tip!