Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making Butter

Well, we finally tried our hand at making butter!  And it was wonderful!  We made ours from raw milk to get all the nutritional benefits out of it.  We do not have a churn, so we placed the cream from the milk into the jar and Joy shook it for about 20 to 30 minutes.

This is what it looked like after about 20 minutes.  Then, we strained it and poured it into a bowl, keeping the leftover liquid for later.  We pressed our butter and got more liquid out and then we had the most rich, delicious unsalted butter.  We chose not to salt ours this time, but next time will probably try it with some sea salt.  You could use this butter to make some wonderful herb butter to spread on fresh biscuits.

And, if you keep the liquid from your buttermaking...that is your buttermilk.  So you can whip up some delicious buttermilk biscuits or pancakes.  We watched a wonderful DVD from Franklin Springs called "The Art of Dairy Making."  We plan to try more of these wonderful dairy recipes.  If you do not have a source of raw milk, then just get heavy cream from the store and try it yourself.  Happy butter making!


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yeah! So excited that you guys are starting to make your own dairy products out of raw milk! The health benefits are amazing, let alone the taste. Do you have a Kitchen Aid mixer? That is what I use, but you need to make sure you have the guard that goes over it, plus wrap a towel around it or you'll have a huge mess. I doused a radio and killed it! Yikes! So glad you found a source for raw milk. That is the hardest part! Yeah for you guys!

God bless,

His bondservant said...

Yes, the hardest part is finding the raw milk! I have an electrolux mixer, but Joy has such a great time shaking it that we decided to go the manual route! It is great to have a 13 year old!!! I look forward to trying yogurt and cheese soon. I can get some tips from you on that one!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I use my Kitchen Aid. I don't have the patience to shake it!

I wish we could find affordable raw milk. I just couldn't buy it for six bucks a gallon!

His bondservant said...


I know what you mean. It took me a year and a half to find a source for raw milk after we moved. It is liking mining for gold!