They Laughed When I Said I Made Butter… Then They Ate It
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I never thought I would make butter, but the day has come. I recently started drinking raw cows milk and I guess there is a lot of cream on the top of it. When I first got the milk I didn’t know what to expect, but my mom told me about making many different things with the cream. She said that we can make butter! Then one night she came and dropped off some raw milk at my house. I was going to wait to try something new because it was a school night and it might get late, but my husband encouraged me to try to make butter with the cream. So I gave it a try.
Skimming the Cream
The first thing that needs to be done is to skim the cream off the top of the milk. The milk comes in 1/2 gallon canning jars with plastic lids, so I took off the lid. Then I was supposed to scoop out the cream and put it in a container. A small ladle is the best, but I only had a measuring cup that I used, the 1/4 cup. So I scooped out the cream on the top and put it in my kitchen aid bowl. When scooping I had to make sure to not dip down into the milk. Just stay where the cream is. That was the tricky part, I kept going too far down. I left a little bit of cream at the top of each milk container to flavor the milk when I was done.
Mixing the Cream
After getting the desired amount of cream into the bowl I put it in the kitchen aid mixer! I like to cover mine with a towel because some parts of this can get messy. Especially when I get distracted with other chores and hear the buttermilk splashing around really fast. If you plan to do this often you could buy a splash guard for your kitchen aid.
I put the whisk on and started at a lower speed. If it splashes a lot, it is too fast. When mixing this, the cream will get thicker and thicker until the fat separates from the milk and butter is made! I didn’t know how long it would take the first tie I did it and I didn’t know what it was supposed to look like. So I’ll add pictures of the process for you. As the cream gets thicker, the speed of the kitchen aid should increase. The faster the speed, the faster the butter will be made. But don’t go fast too quickly, it will get messy.
Just before it turns to butter you will see the whipped cream look. This is real whipped cream and can be a tasty treat! Keep some of this part if you would like! If you keep mixing the fat will separate from the butter and you are done! Once the butter is made, you can drain the milk that is left. That is called buttermilk and is great for other recipes! I have used it for pancakes, buttermilk biscuits, and other things like that. My daughter likes to drink it plain.
Once the buttermilk is drained it is time to get the butter. Take the butter and run it under some cold water to wash off the buttermilk and form it. You can form the butter in a cheesecloth to make sure all buttermilk drains. If this stays, the milk will go bad quicker. Once the buttermilk is all drained from the butter and it is rinsed, you can form the butter any way you choose. Then put it in the fridge. I have never had it go bad in the fridge, but we usually eat it up in one weeks time so I haven’t had to worry about that. I love the flavor of this butter and use it all the time for cooking. It is amazing!
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