Did you know that you can very easily make your own butter? Using your kitchen mixer? Oh yes!
All you need is heavy whipping cream. You just put the cream (1 to 2 cups) in your kitchen mixer fitted with a flat beater or whisk (or you could use your processor). Set the speed to medium-high, sit back and watch the show.
You'll make whipped cream first, which is fun to do too. The whipped cream will get very firm. Then, suddenly, something very fun happens. The cream seizes and collapses. Everything sloshes around again and you'll see bits of butter. But wait...then a big mass of butter will form and separate from the liquid. That liquid is buttermilk...did you know that? Drain the liquid and press the solid butter to get more liquid out. You can add salt and herbs if you'd like. You can also press the butter into molds to make fun shapes. I like to form it into a half-sphere so that it fits nicely into my Haviland butter dome, and I put a little violet in the center.
How 'bout that? Butter without a churn!