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Friday, February 15, 2013

Butter.

Thanks to my lovely little Jersey cow, Jasmine (and her BFF, Rosebud), I get a lot of cream when I pick up milk from the dairy farm.  Lots.  I usually skim it off and freeze it until I have enough to make a batch of butter.  Since I was snowbound this past weekend, in between bouts of shoveling (1/4 mile of paths) and knitting (hand towel finished - up to one and three-quarters socks), I decided to thaw the cream and make butter.

Little did I know that I would spend most of the afternoon at it - I uncovered over a gallon of cream in the freezer!  Thank goodness for Churnie (and, if you look closely, you'll find Churnie's helper - Mixie - in the background...)


I found this gem on eBay a few years ago.  It's an old Sears churn in pristine condition - perfect to crank away while watching a DVD.  However, given the sheer amount of cream, I did also press Churnie's friend and helper, the Mixie into service as well.  I ended up with almost two pounds of butter!  (Of which there is no picture, as the ones I took resembled over-exposed yellow blobs, which are now in the freezer.)  If I keep this up, I will have to start searching for a churn with an electric motor.  I'm not getting any younger....

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Celebrating POST Valentine's Day, the official winner of the mystery Valentine's Day giveaway is....

LindaCO!

Randomly selected (evidence of which would be posted if I could figure out how to put it on here...) this morning - Linda, please send your mailing address (again)!  Such talent out there!

12 comments:

  1. Next time invite your spastic neighbor who has plenty of energy to wind that kind of thing.....and we can split the work!

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  2. I'm green with churn envy. I run across those at antique stores but man, they are not cheap. Ebay, hmmm.

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  3. I have butter making on my to-do list, but know I am wondering if I will need an electric one. Ha ha ha! I have years to think about it, so I will be following your path.

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  4. Yay for Valentine's Day winner Linda! A fun contest I'd say.

    Mmmm, your own butter from your own cow . . . da best of da best!!

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  5. We are fortunate to live within 15 miles of a local dairy so we make most of the butter that we eat at the table. For baking, I just use store bought. Wonderful stuff though! I've never used a little churn like that. :)

    ~Jenny

    Black Fox Homestead.com

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  6. nice butter churn but there is something to be said for electricity. I heard you can make small batches just putting it in a jar and rolling and shaking the jar.

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  7. Fun! With a cow there is always cream! I love the stuff and I make butter too, but I have an electric 2 gallon butter churn. So I cheat!! Fresh Jersey milk is the best!!

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  8. Yum to have homemade butter!

    Yea to winning something! Something that doesn't require trips to the vet, OK?

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  9. Congrats to LindaCo! :)
    Fresh, homemade butter, I'm soooo jealous! That's one thing that is difficult to make with the goat milk.

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  10. Mmmmm fresh made butter. :)

    You can also make it in smaller batches by putting the cream in a canning jar with a marble and then shaking it. It really doesn't take that long either.

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  11. I have to use a 3 gallon jar on an electric churn because MissMoo gives me 1/2 gallon of heavy cream every day. I am just about butter and ghee'd out! :)

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  12. What a neat churn, I've never seen one like that!

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