Sunday, January 29, 2012

Who doesn't love butter?

When I think of butter, I think of Paula Deen.  I think of toast, bagels, and filling every nook in my waffle with butter.  I love butter.  But who doesn't?  
(note: this is a purely rhetorical question, I really don't want to hear about anyone who doesn't love butter)

In Ashely English's Homemade Living : Home Dairy, she walks you through how to make fresh, homemade butter.  Delicious.  Butter is so easy to make.  You probably made it way back in preschool (or at least kids who grew up in MI did...) by shaking a jar with a marble and cream in it.  It's so easy and so good.

I had some leftover heavy cream sitting in my fridge from when Alisha and I made cheese last weekend.  And since I don't really use heavy cream, I decided to whip up some butter!  It turned out wonderfully and now I have 2 balls of butter and 1 jar of fresh buttermilk.  Yum.

The entire process is pretty darn fun to watch.  You start with whipping the heavy cream.  And then it starts to look like this:

Then like this:

Then like this:

And then like this:

And finally like this:

It took about 10 - 15 minutes to whip the cream into butter.  There came a point when I started to worry it was never going to turn into butter.  Then I drank another cup of coffee and before I had time to finish it, the butter was done.

It is pretty grand waking up and having fresh butter and marmalade on your toast. 

Life is good.  Happy weekending.

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