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Rach

I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.

Jess

Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.

Lissie

I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Butter



I've begun making my own butter and it couldn't be easier. You literally dump heavy cream into your Kitchen Aid stand mixer, cover the bowl with a cloth napkin, turn it on and gradually increase the speed over 10 minutes or so and when you hear it going bump, bump, bump you switch it off and voila, BUTTER. You scoop up all the butter bits, squish them together and run the ball of butter under fresh, cold water for about 30 seconds, pack it into a butter bell and it lasts for a couple weeks.

No commercial butter can even compete in taste in texture. Aside from being simple as can be it is less expensive than butter in a tub or in stick form. Enjoy!

-Jess

 

10 comments:

Rach said...

Do you salt yours? I like to salt mine a bit. Do you remember making butter with Granny Mae in the gallon, glass jar and all the shaking we had to do? I thoroughly enjoyed that. :o)

Jess said...

I do remember it and MUCH prefer the Kitchen Aid mixer! It was a lot of shaking...

No, I don't salt mine.

Amy J said...

I do this and use the buttermilk to make pancakes and then use the butter on the pancakes. YUM!

Jess T said...

Wha what? Okay, now, I really need to come stay with you for a week and see what you do. :) You have time to make butter. What am I doing wrong? BTW-I'm not joking!

allie said...

I just bought a butter crock on Amazon and paid $3.99 for it to arrive tomorrow. I am most certainly making butter this weekend!!!

Ms. Givens said...

Sounds wonderful. I love butter.

Carrie said...

I'll have to try that once the 2 younger kids aren't allergic to dairy anymore.

BTW, gotta make homemade bread to go w/that homemade butter! We make all our own bread to avoid the nasty preservatives and corn syrup in store bread. Although if I have to buy the Archer Farms Balanced brand isn't bad. I've got a super easy recipe for bread w/the Kitchen Aid if you need it.

Jess said...

Carrie, I make most of our bread too. Sometimes in the bread maker, sometimes in the K.A. Depends on what time I've got and how much I need. I have a great No Knead Bread recipe I got out of Mother Earth News awhile ago that we all love around here.

Nina Diane said...

I made the butter! So cool...and so yummy. I added salt to mine

Jessica said...

Can you imagine what women years ago would have thought if they had this wonderful technology? Wow. I remember our "home ec" teacher having us make butter the "old fashioned way" with a churn. It was a great learning experience... Anyway, what a great idea. You know exactly what's in it. Thanks!

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