In regards to: Raised bed Gardening
“Make butter by putting some “half and half” milk in a jar, salt to taste, put the lid on and shake the jar “ I’ve never tried with half and half; I don’t think it would have enough fat in it to make butter. Use whipping cream. You can shake it in a jar (filled to a quarter or perhaps 1/3rd, but no more – it needs room to expand), use an electric mixer or even whip by hand.
I’ve tried it with a food processor but don’t recommend it. It’s really fast, but the butter ends up in such tiny granules, it’s hard to drain.
Skip the salt until the end. While whipping or shaking the cream, you’ll of course get whipped cream; just keep on going. After a while it’ll suddenly separate into solid fats and buttermilk.
When it’s done (you’ll know when you see it) pour it into a cloth lined colander over a bowl – keep that liquid! Gently squeeze out as much liquid as you can (if you can, pull up the ends of the cloth and hang it over the bowl to drain for a while, as if you were making cheese), then rinse the butter in cold water several times.
Drain and squeeze as much water out as you can, then add salt to taste. Knead or mix in the salt thoroughly while getting rid of any remaining liquid (a press is useful, but they’re not exactly common anymore). Use the reserved buttermilk for baking. Awesome flavour!
** Thanks so much Kunoichi! I appreciate so much your info, and quick response!
I thought Dale must have known what he was talking about, to an extent, and not knocking him in the least, but people tend to forget or leave out things, and this is one reason I asked? A let me ask and be sure question, and sure enough you stepped up and gave some good quality advice. Sounds like you might have done this a time or two! This is very, very appreciated by us, and I’m sure everyone else as well! We’ll be trying this!
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Dub and Deb