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Holy crap! Food science.

I made butter!

Okay, okay, I know it's easy, and probably most of my friends have done it, but I just made my first butter.  There was a merchant with churns at Balfar's Challenge, and I bought one.  Tonight I got around to doing something with it.  I made butter!  It was easy.  And so cool!  Then I made biscuits with the buttermilk.

Next I'm going to make cultured butter.  Just because I can.


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Apr. 24th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
Cultured butter is easy...
Just leave the churn filled and on the counter during the summer. At least, that's what happened with the butter bell I bought from him last year at Balfar's! :-D
Apr. 24th, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: Cultured butter is easy...
That's some of what I did - at his recommendation, I took the cream out this morning and let it sit while I was at work, then churned it when I got home. (In the oven. Because Henry is a shit.)

*I* want to try the bit where you add a culture (I'm going to go for whole-milk yogurt) and let that puppy ferment for 48 hours. If I get really hooked on it, I might go online and get fancy culture.

Just so damn cool. I'm easily amused.
May. 1st, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
You didn't have to buy a churn just to try making butter. Just cream or even whole milk and a pinch of salt in a mason jar and shake it for half an hour or so et voila...butter. Did you want to be able to make a big batch? Or some other feature for which a churn was necessary?
May. 3rd, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
Not terribly necessary, but I have a weakness for reproduction historic pottery. It's a small redware piece - about a quart. It's a good size to take to demos, and it looks nice with my pottery when it's not in use.

Because sadly, when you demo for the public, invariably no one asks about all the things you're doing *right.* There's always some humorist who wants to know "But did they have mason jars in the middle ages?" sigh. No. This way it looks nice, and you can *tell* people that they can do it at home with a mason jar.

Besides - Charlotte and I are having fun with the churn.
May. 5th, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
Fun is a good and worthwhile reason for doing something.

Edited at 2015-05-06 02:16 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
I remember Heather's mother accidentally making butter when trying to make whipped cream once. She was doing it in her blender and wasn't paying attention.

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