Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Making of Butter

Recently, I have been blessed to find a wonderful source for good quality raw cow's milk. This is the most delicious milk I have ever tasted! My family was a bit skeptical at first, but they are loving it! Not only does it taste good, but after skimming the cream off the top, we are able to make delicious fresh butter!

We decided to make the butter in our food processor. Here is Hannah monitoring the progress of our cream as it becomes whipped cream and then suddenly "breaks" into butter and buttermilk. It is really fascinating to watch the yellow butter suddenly appear and to realize that God created the cow to provide milk for man, and that He designed the milk in such a way that churning the cream produces butter.

Here is what it looks like when the butter forms and separates from the buttermilk.

At this point, I strained out all the buttermilk into a jar, and rinsed the butter with cold water until the water ran clear. Squeezing out all of the buttermilk is essential for having sweet butter. If you don't get all of the buttermilk out, you will end up with soured butter.

Then, you can shape the butter however you desire, but I was excited to use this Amish butter mold that my sister had given me several years ago when I was buying raw milk and making butter. However, my source "dried up" about the time she gave me the butter mold, so I have not had the opportunity of using it until now.

We soaked the butter mold in cold water for thirty minutes (per the instructions) and then pressed the butter in place. When it was cold, we tried to get it out -- but that butter didn't want to budge! Hannah used a sharp knife around the edges, put the butter mold in the microwave for a few seconds, shook it and pried it, and finally our butter plopped out onto the beautiful plate that my sister gave me for my birthday.

See -- isn't it pretty? I can't wait to see this beautiful plate of butter sitting on my Thanksgiving table and melting into the hot yeast rolls!

"Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good." -- Isaiah 7:15.


Rebecca's Refining said...

That looks too pretty to eat!! :)
I am glad you are finally able to use that mold...I had forgotten about it! I like the design...and the festive dish completes the presentation! :)
Just think of the money you can save by making your own fresh butter, buttermilk, and cream!
Have a great thanksgiving tomorrow!!

Samantha said...

Fun! And I LOVE your cabinets! Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

How neat!
Do you remember in the "Little House" books (Little House in the Big Woods, 2nd Chapter) how Caroline Ingalls made her butter more yellow by adding some boiled carrot.
Your butter is already a pretty delicate yellow, so that might not be needed.

September said...

I had so much fun reading all of your blogs from pre-Thanksgiving,, until today. Your Home is beautiful- decorated for Christmas...and your Thanksgiving meal looks scrumptious! You must have been baking for days!!
The butter mold is beautiful! I never made out butter in the food processor.. that is a great idea!!
I am going to "steal," your votive candle ideas..
I truly enjoyed stopping by. The most precious thing that I love about your blog is seeing your family together and enjoying one another's company.
Blessings abound in your home!
Enjoy those veggies...

mommyx12 said...

That's so pretty. I want one of those. I'll have to keep my eye out for one. We go to the Amish store often for our grains. Sorry your "milk" dried up!! I seriously think that if suddenly we were without our raw milk source then I would stop buying milk. We fortunately have 4 different sources at this time. I feel it is such a HUGE blessing. We get a plenty supply of farm eggs too. My favorite time for making the butter is in the summer when the cream is so very yellow. YUM

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