Saturday, March 19, 2011

Making Butter From our cows milk

So today we had enough cream to make some butter!  YAY!  I have been able to use the milk for about two days now.  Before that it was colostrum and not very appetizing.  Buttercups milk has about 3 inches of cream when it rises for about a day.  Her milk is very yellow because it is so rich.  I used the instructions from my Encyclopedia of Country Living. 

First I used my mixture until it just broke.  Then I poured it into a clean 1/2 gallon mason jar and let the kids roll it back and forth across the floor.  This worked much better than letting them shake it since there is no risk of them dropping it or getting tired.  They loved it!

After the butter had "come" I drained it and then rinsed it with cold water.

Then I worked it with two wooden spoons until all the buttermilk and water came out, rinsing occasionally with more cold water.

Done!  Look how yellow it is!  That is the natural color. I added a little salt at the end and we are going to have this with biscuits tonight.


  1. How wonderful! Butter is so expensive right now, I wish I had a cow :) ha ha. Glad the aloe vera worked, I am going to see if it helps my husband with his hand from when he broke it.

  2. That looks like really good butter. Now if your kids don't ever get tired of rolling the jar. heheheehe.


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