GADGETS & GIZMOS
The Kilner butter churner, only slightly larger than a Mason jar, boasts fresh butter in 10 minutes from only whipping cream. While tapping into my inner Colonial Williamsburg actress, I found that this updated, compact kitchen device delivered on its promise.
The churning was straightforward: I poured in 10 ounces of cream (which makes 4 ounces of butter) and cranked the handle to create fresh butter and buttermilk. Toward the end, the handle became harder to turn, but keeping up a fast pace kept the process under 12 minutes.
Although the first step is simple, some vagueness in the directions that followed prompted a few re-reads. The kneading and rinsing of the butter took a minute to
comprehend, but after separating the buttermilk and butter (both of which Kilner referred to as butter milk), I twice poured cold water and ice over the butter and massaged it to consolidate and shed excess buttermilk successfully. In total, I made two (4-ounce) batches that both followed the same path.
Then I got to experiment. After completing the provided recipe for buttermilk scones to use up the excess buttermilk (easy and delicious), I tried out Kilner’s recipes for Chilli Lime and Cinnamon Honey butters. Using wooden spoons in lieu of butter paddles, I mixed in chile flakes, lime zest and lime juice (a very flavorful butter) and then honey and cinnamon (which complemented the scones). With the last 4 ounces, I made unsalted (which went into the scones) and salted butter. A great result and an even better conversation starter!
Jar is dishwasher safe but top is hand-wash only. $29.95