Saturday, October 6, 2007

My first attempt at making butter.......not so good!



I recently started getting farm fresh, raw milk from a local farmer. I am not really a milk drinker, but this stuff is awesome. I have never had milk that tasted so good. I was so excited about making homemade butter from the luscious cream that I scraped off the top of the milk. After much research on how to do this, I placed the cream in a jar and shook it.....and shook it......and shook it. After 20 minutes of shaking, it was still cream. So I decided to put it in a blender. I also read that you can do this. After 15 minutes of "whirling" in the blender, nothing. Discouraged, I set it on my counter and figured I would just throw it out. After 10 minutes of sitting there, I opened it and got very excited. I saw butter forming. So I shook for another 15 minutes, but nothing more happened. So I just scraped about a tablespoon of "butter" off the top of the cream and threw the remaining cream out. I warned everyone in my family not to touch this tablespoon of butter because it was mine! I worked hard for this butter.

I have decided to stick to purchasing my organic butter from my local health food store. Oh well. I tried.

8 comments:

Kristin said...

That story is great, hilarious and definitely cute! Did you enjoy your one tblspn of butter? Hope Mike didn't get to it first. I'd hate to experience the wrath involved in that one!! Hope church is great this Sunday. I am in Spfd with the babies visiting my mom. We'll be back Sunday evening. Wednesday is our move day and I am more than excited!! Love yall.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wish I had time to make butter!!! Dont be a stranger!! I think the last time I called and talked to you was like 3 weeks ago!! Did the butter taste good? Okay...Im hungry now...nite nite!!
Heather

Anonymous said...

hey- i wanted to tell you that i think i found out why your butter flopped. i asked someone at the farmer's market...i will tell you when i see you since i am no typist!

stephanie

Lori said...

The last time I made butter this way I put it in a baby food jar with a marble. It worked out.

Anonymous said...

Don't be discouraged. Consider continuing to try it now and again. Ask some farm ladies who do this regularly how they accomplish the feat. I'll bet you get more than a tablespoon after practicing a bit. The stories I heard from the old days were that children were assigned to churn the butter, and it didn't sound like it was a quick process.

I'm proud of you for trying your hand at blogging, churning, and other challenges. Being a full-time homemaker will utilize all your gifts, talents, and creative energies. It's not for sissies! : ) Love, Mom G

Kelly G said...

How wonderful that you are not afraid to try something different!! I thought I was doing great to try your crockpot recipes :) I am trying something new myself...knitting.

Kelly

elaine said...

Not only am I impressed that you have your own blog, but you may be impressed that I am writing my very first blog comment to you. How about making some more butter and N. and I will come over for some of those choc.chip muffins and homemade butter?
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Mara! We're proud of you. Mom G.