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