|MayBelle the Milk Cow|
This is our Jersey milk cow. We got her in July and have milked her everyday since. I am not sure I want to add up how many days that is.... She was purchased from a dairy farm because her production had gone down. We get 4-5 gallons daily from her. She is pregnant and due in February!
We have a love/hate relationship. I have had my knee kicked and my foot stepped on (while in flip flops) She was kicking at flies...I happened to be in the way.
|Check out all the cream!!|
This is one of the best parts.....waking up to see how much cream is on the milk. We don't usually get this much, average is about a quarter of the jar. When I saw how much cream there was I knew it was time to make butter!
|Separating the Cream|
We originally tried scooping the cream off with a spoon. I saw online that someone used a turkey baster and this makes it so much easier!
|Put in the Kitchenaid|
I know, I know! This isn't the old fashioned way....but I was in a hurry and had dishes that needed done ;o) If you allow your cream to rise to room temperature it should take about 5 minutes in the Kitchenaid. If you have absolutely no patience **AHEM** you slowly crank it up to full speed...or pretty close to full speed all depending on how much you feel like wiping down your walls.
I have not stopped at this point yet. You could add a little powdered sugar and have delicious whipped cream. I am sure we will be doing this a lot in the winter for hot chocolate.
|Turning to butter|
This is when it starts to get exciting!!
|The Butter & Butter Milk separated|
It is pretty easy to tell when you have butter. It will separate from the buttermilk and turn a nice yellow color.
|Butter & Butter Milk|
I have heard the buttermilk is delicious....I have not been brave enough to taste it yet. I found an amazing recipe for buttermilk pancakes HERE. Although they look delicious they sound like a lot of work...but SHEESH. If I am going through the trouble of making delicious fresh butter and buttermilk why not spend extra time on amazing pancakes right?!? Or at least bribe my husband into making them!!
|Buttermilk squished out|
There will still be some buttermilk left in your butter you will need to rinse out. You can put cheese cloth in a colander and then press the butter while rinsing with cold water. I have also used my hands and cold water and this has worked fine. You can then add a pinch of salt and mix up.
|THE FINAL RESULT!|
Homemade butter!! This can store in your fridge for about a week from what I have read. It never lasts that long around here though.
Have you ever made homemade butter?? And yes, buying cream from the store and making it still counts!!