Monday, June 24, 2013

Making butter

 On Saturday we went to Magic Meadow Farm in Lovely Banks to check out what they have and what they do, as our veggie box delivery lady (Kirsten from Casuarina Biodynamic Farm) is having a month off to recharge the batteries.  My good friend Bec has been making butter in her mum's Thermomix with Jonesy's 5 litre bottle of cream.  She'd set the idea percolating in my head until last week when SouleMama mentioned she makes butter in her food processor.  I don't have a Thermomix, but I do have a food processor, so I thought I'd give it a go.  Magic Meadow sells these big 5 litre bottles of cream, I've never seen such a big bottle of cream!
 Here it is with the buttermilk separated, needing to be washed in cold water.  You have to wash out as much of the buttermilk as possible so it stays fresh.
 Washed butter
 Ready to be kneaded on the board for a bit to get the last of the moisture out of it.
Pressed into moulds ready to be frozen.  Then it can be taken out of the freezer a bit at a time, as needed.  This is how much buttermilk I got out of 2 batches, I'm making it in batches of about 1 litre at a time.  We should have enough butter to last quite a while, and it works out at half the price of the organic butter I was buying.  I'll be making a batch per day, until all the cream is used up.  2 down, 3 to go!


Anonymous said...

Oooo, buttermilk! Have you tried a bit of it? I took a sip last time I made butter and then looked down to realise I had drained the cup! Divine. :)
Homemade butter really is the best.
If you have raw cream you can use the buttermilk to culture heaps of things including making quark cheese. ;)

Alicia said...

No I didn't try it as a drink, Jessie, I made gluten free almond meal pancakes with it, which the kids gobbled up though. I froze some buttermilk, as I ended up with quite a bit, I plan to use it in cooking.