Butter me up

butter 8Yesterday we had a dairy adventure! Our million pots of bargain cream needed attending to before they went off. Now Lizzie by nature is not an afternoon napper! But…… yesterday we think she must have got the idea that the afternoon’s activities would not be all that fun for a small human and so decided to have a very out of character 2 hour sleep (either that or she’s still in holiday mode).

As Lizzie slept Becksie set to work and firstly used 7 of the pots of cream to make ice cream (3 large tubs and 2 small). Its such a lovely recipe to make and the results are awesome. We decided  to make plain vanilla as this was so tasty before and means it can go with all sorts of tasty puddings. Ice cream made, kitchen cleaned and it was butter research time!

After about 3 minutes of research Becksie was away. Now making butter is something Becksie remembers watching a demonstration of at Church Farm Museum in Skegness when she was a child! The lady used wooden butter pats and it looked easy! A few years ago (Becksie can’t remember where) she was delighted to purchase a set of wooden butter pats! The pats and Becksie have been yearning to do some butter churning together for a while! So off they went! Keep in mind that in Becksie’s head these little paddles were going to be very easy to use!

450mls of cream went into a large bowlbutter 1

It was then whippedbutter 2

And whipped

And whippedbutter 3

Until it split into butter milk and lumps of a yellowy  well…… mess!

It was then sifted and formed a ball of butter!butter 5

It was all going well.butter 4

Then the washing process started and it got messy!butter 6

So research and experience had told Becksie that hot water melts butter so as researched she got a big bowl and filled it with very cold water. All fine, washed the butter ball in the water and then squeezed it over another bowl to collect the buttermilk. Second washing, third washing, fourth washing. Problem – uber greasy hands, cold water bowl in sink, can’t move because of greasy hands, can’t clean hands as in order to not waste some of the butter the bowl of cold water needed to be sieved to retain the bits of butter in the bottom. Messy and stressful but eventually with the aid of a previously not greasy tea towel clean hands, drained bowl – butter ball free of butter milk (this is apparently vital to ensure the butter doesn’t go off)! So Becksie next added ½ teaspoon of salt to the butter and got once again very greasy!

It was finally time to shape the butter so wooden butter pats in hand Becksie set out to do as she had watched the lady do and……… it was really hard to make them do anything! Becksie did not have the movement but….. worse still the pats are so old and had waited so long for this moment that the wood had splintered and the top off the butter was now full of wooden bits!

One stressed Becksie (praying Lizzie would remain asleep) once again cleaned herself and the kitchen, removed the wooden splinters and returned to google to find that you can wrap the butter in clingfilm to shape!butter 11

This she did and finally ended up with a beautiful, very very tasty block of butter!butter 10

Only problem – the effort to output ratio was small and the butter pats were useless but hey ho we’ve had a go!butter 9

By the way Lizzie woke up just as Becksie tried the first sample on a cracker and enjoyed the fruits of Becksie’s labour very much – timing small human! Timing!

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15 thoughts on “Butter me up

  1. Hi Becksie..that sounds hard work….I made butter a few months ago but I used my KitchenAid mixer..it was uber easy and seperated with no effort on my part at all!…just needed a few rinses in cold water… it was an expensive investment but I use it most days so its worth every penny…by the way keep the separated liquid (buttermilk) and use it for making muffins or bread.

  2. I love reading your blogs & have been inspired by what your family are doing!! It’s lovely that you’re attempting to make a family staple like butter from scratch but I think you should research the implications of dairy on yourself & your family. I have recently watched the film ‘Planeat’ please research & watch. You are a conscious consumer & I want to make you aware of some dairy truths! x

    • Hiya
      Thank you for your comment, We watched this documentary sometime ago and found it to be a little bit propaganda like :( We strongly believe that dairy has a place in our diet (especially Lizzie’s). Although this post was full of all things dairy we do have it as part of a balance diet. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for reading our ramblings. Best Wishes :)

  3. I also made butter with my 1970′s Kenwood mixer. The mixing, washing bits were ok. But I struggled to shape it. Didn’t think of cling film Doh! Made 3 tubs. Went down a treat. Used the milk part for scones. So now have ever expanding waistlines in this house. Your icecream recipe is now a firm favourite and has been added to my personal recipe book of family recipes for my boys to use when I’m gone or gone mental whichever comes first lol!
    Not sure if you have Factory Shops where you are or whether they are included in your ban. But they sell very small round tubs with lids ten for £1. I use for the icecream. Bit like going to the theatre except mine don’t cost £5 for an icecream lol.

  4. Years ago I bought a hand butter churn at a farm sale. I felt inspired at the time but have never got round to making any butter (we’re possibly talking 25 years ago!). However I’m on the look out now for cut-price cream and I may well have a go. Thanks for reminding me of another thing I wanted to try.

  5. You girls are too young to remember WW2 but I do recall my sister skimming cream from the top of the milk, placing it in a screw-top Kilner jar, and then spending AGES shaking it up and down to produce butter. Didn’t bother with paddles! As we were allowed only about 2 ozs of butter a WEEK the little extra was very welcome.

  6. My children love making butter in a jar :-) I either bake with the buttermilk or my son drinks it.
    I’ve done it with the children at school- even some of the staff had no idea you can make butter like that. My mum used to save the top of the (unhomogenised) milk for a few days in a Tupperware beaker (it being the 1970′s) and we’d shake it to make about a teaspoon of butter for breakfast!
    And I also have Scotch hands (the wooden paddles) and find them impossible to use. I do fancy some nice wooden butter moulds though…

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