Ok so I was going to do this long tutorial of how I made butter last night but then I got tired and fell asleep. :) Sorry. Then I was going to do it over again today, but then I was tired and didn't get around to it. So it's on my list for tomorrow. In the mean time, I figured I'd just tell you about my butter story :)
Having looked at a bunch of butter churns I came to 1 conclusion, they are so expensive!! So I looked and thought and looked some more and since I have jars similar to the churn I began to really think about how to accomplish the same results.
Finally I decided to try using the electric hand mixer. The Cream was thick as I scooped* it off the top of the 2 day old milk. I returned it to the fridge so that the jar would also be cold. (Actually I went to milk the cow). When I returned the kids and I were eager to try this experiment. *NOTE: Jar should only be half filled with cream.
I put the mixer on high and watched as the cream thickened, I was excited. At the point it became solid I stopped the mixer, dh announced "you made whipped cream". I was bummed :( Since they were so excited by the whipped cream I had him get the vanilla and sugar and continued to mix them in, at that point I noticed that the whipped cream had denatured and instantly I recognised the fatty blogs, I got butter. YAY!!! Of course I was now bummed to realise that it was sweet vanilla butter but dh and the kids decided they liked it and so I felt better. We still had another jar of cream anyway and now I knew that butter is the point past whipped cream.
The cream we got off those 2 gallons of milk produced a pound of butter 1/2 sweet and 1/2 salted and let me just say that there is nothing better than home-made butter on toast. :) Tomorrow when I do the pictorial I may consider exploring the wonderful world of honey butter or maybe and herb butter :) I'm up for suggestions.