Friday, May 28, 2010

Making Butter

Here is the gallon of raw whole milk I bought
from the Dungeness Valley Creamery.
(All Jersey Milk)
The cream is at the top 3 inches of the jar.
I spooned off the cream into a 1 quart canning jar,
placed on a lid, and let 'ripen' for a couple of hours.
(I would have just set it on the counter, but we went for a visit
to Farmer's Daughter #1 two hours away, so
it rode in the car with us.) The granddaughters love butter!
Their Momma says they lick the butter off their bread and ask for more!
I thought they might enjoy some fresh, homemade butter!

We shook the jar of cream for approximately 30 minutes.
(The Gentleman Farmer, grandaughters and I took turns)
After about 25 minutes, the cream started to thicken a bit
and collect alittle on the sides of the jar.
Keep shaking!
Then suddenly there was a golden lump forming in the
sea of cream!
I poured the 'buttermilk' into a separate jar, and put the
butter into a bowl of cold fresh water. I pressed the butter with
a large spoon to remove more of the buttermilk, changing the water
a couple of times until it was clear.

Then I put the butter into another bowl and added
sea salt to taste.
It was covered with waxed paper and put into the
refridgerator to be slathered onto the morning's

It made a little more than 1/2 cup of delicious, sweet cream butter!


LDH said...

It has been fun following along with you and your raw whole milk journey ~ the butter turned out great! Even though the electric butter churner is too big for your current needs it sure is a wonderful gift to receive and to add to your collection!

Marqueta said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

Mmm, real butter! What a treat!

I'm glad you were able to share such an experience with your granddaughters; I'm sure they'll treasure it in memory.



Anonymous said...

Yummm! Yummm! Yummm!

I just sweet creamy butter! I am able to get one that comes from a farm not so nearby - Vermont!

But I think I am going to give this a try dear friend :)


Kathy said...

Yum! loved this...was looking forward to seeing it! So glad you shared

Simply Heart And Home said...

What fun and delicious! I am sure your granddaughters will treasure this memory for many many years.


cheri said...

It is illegal to sell raw milk in Tennessee. Shocking, huh? I guess I'll have to venture out of the state to have an experience like yours!

Do you have any butter molds? I think it was Tasha Tudor who used to mold her freshly made butter into beautiful shapes.

Sharon said...

Yum! Nothing tastes as good as homemade butter!


It is illegal to purchase "raw" milk here too, you can however purchase shares on a cow resulting in raw milk :)

myletterstoemily said...

my mother used to make butter for us
when we spent summers on the ranch.


and the eggs were divine.

Kathi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. How fun. I'm sure the taste in so fresh and much better than what we get in the store.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a heartfelt and kind note. God bless you, and so many more ladies who we all know, my sister and myself, who are all trying to stay healthy and to keep our weight in check. Hugs, Kathi

Leah said...

I found your blog through a comment you left on Mia's blog, Aspiring Homemaker. What sweet memories your grandchildren will have of the times you spend together. :)

My husband is an organic dairy farmer here in the North Country of NY. It is such a blessing to have fresh, raw, organic milk every day! We also make butter and cheese. It's so delicious!

Lori said...

thank you for the recipe! This looks sooooo gooood :)

Faith said...

This looks so good..I love the look of all the just sets everything off...

Sue said...

Fresh butter, nothing is better whether baking or eating. I like the fact that the granddaughter were involved in making it, what a great experience for them.