🧪 Science with Sarah: Making butter 🧈

A tasty way to see a change in state of matter

👉 Watch the video of Sarah’s science experiment at Maverick Elementary here!

Hello parents, teachers and students! It’s a new school year which means new, fun Science with Sarah experiments! Today’s experiment will allow your kiddos to see the water cycle right in a jar!

Be sure to check out GMSA@9 on Wednesdays when Meteorologist Sarah Spivey does the demonstrations and explains the science behind it.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • A mason jar with a lid
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar or salt (optional)
  • A strainer & a bowl

DO THE EXPERIMENT

  • Put a small measure of heavy whipping cream in the mason jar. Any measure of cream will be fine, as long as half of the jar is empty
  • Optional: If you’d like to flavor the butter, add a little sugar or salt
  • Place the lid on the jar and start shakin’!
  • Be patient! It’ll take about 5 minutes for the cream to turn into whipped cream and about 10-15 minutes for the cream to turn into butter.
  • Once the butter is formed, you’ll need to separate the butter from the buttermilk. Use a strainer and a bowl to do that.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Heavy whipping cream is going through a physical change when you shake it
  • Fat molecules in the cream get shaken out of position and attract to other fat molecules
  • Whipped cream first forms as air gets trapped between the fat particles
  • Then, eventually, the fat molecules completely separate forming butter. The buttermilk is the liquid byproduct of making butter and can be used for cooking!

SCIENCE WITH SARAH

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About the Authors:

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT. She has been a proud member of the KSAT Weather Authority Team since 2017. Sarah is a Clark High School and Texas A&M University graduate. She previously worked at KTEN News. When Sarah is not busy forecasting, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and cat, and playing music.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.