Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

Making Butter

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I love making butter. Its so easy! I put some farm fresh milk (4%) cream in my kitchen aid mixer and started whipping the cream. Your cream will start forming peaks and will turn to whipped cream. Keep mixing. You are almost done at this point. When the whipped cream starts to break down.. it will look like a light yellow cottage cheese. Keep mixing until you see buttermilk separating from the solids.

 10303750_10204425078019881_4711093261572071787_nIt will look like this when you are done mixing.

10710633_10204425077859877_5287129099472746583_nUse cheesecloth draped over a clean bowl and pour the mixture into the cheesecloth. Lift up your cheesecloth and let the buttermilk drain into the clean bowl.

1653489_10204425077699873_1479863937026984873_nKeep the buttermilk to use in cooking. I love making buttermilk biscuits!

Next, remove your butter from the cheese cloth and place in new bowl. Run under very cold water to wash away any remaining buttermilk. You may need to rinse and drain the water 5 to 10 times before the water runs clear. Make sure you get as much buttermilk out of your butter as possible so that your butter keeps longer. At this point you can add salt if you like salted butter. Be sure to mix it well.

10354684_10204425077539869_4171336826259805787_nHere is a picture of my buttermilk and butter. I re-used the half gallon milk container for the buttermilk.

1654347_10204425086820101_3788680692774364675_nHere is my finished butter. I have not weighed in on my scale yet but It feels like almost 2 lbs of butter!

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Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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