Why the Tree of Life?

5.05.2009

Making Butter

So, the next day, home from the dairy, we took our "fresh" cream and set out to make butter. All it takes is a container which will seal nicely, a few marbles, cream, and a lot of shaking.

While we took turns shaking, we sang:

Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come,
Kirven's at the garden gate,
Waiting with the butter plate,
Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come.

Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come,
Du'g'n's at the garden gate,
Waiting with the butter plate,
Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come.

Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come,
Mommy's at the garden gate,
Waiting with the butter plate,
Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come.
from Earthways


We checked it often, but not too often. First, it turned into whipped cream (so that's how people did it without electric mixers!). Then we had a casualty when the container slipped out of our hands and cracked on the porch floor, but no worries because we were able to transfer nearly all of it to a clean and whole container. Then we shook and shook some more. And then, all of a sudden, and I mean, one moment it wasn't and in another moment it was, it started sloshing and had become this:

We had butter! (and is the rest of it whey? or just skim milk? dunno.) We scooped it out of the container and onto a plate where we molded it with spoons and pressed out any pockets of liquid.



We each made a little butter cake.

We had plenty to share with our neighbors, and the boys had just as much fun running deliveries next door. My, was it good on bread! It didn't last long.

7 comments:

  1. Jennifer,
    That is great! Last year we went to The Sauer-Beckhamm Farm. It is LBJ State Park. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lyndon_b_johnson/
    I can't remember what day of the week it was but it was amazing. There is a staff who lives there from during the day. They run the farm as it would have been run 90 years ago. The lady of the house showed us the whey explained how it was made (I don't remember the details) and we got to check the hen house for eggs, got to go in the foul cage and get and keep turkey feathers. It was great! We were on our way home from Fredericksburg and just pulled in. What a treat. Anyway, it might be a good compliment to your current studies....

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  2. Oooh, fun! Thanks for the suggestion! We'll have to trek out there.

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  3. Yum-o! We did this a few months ago and it was a big hit, too!

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  4. We made butter last summer, we loved it. :)

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  5. We have not made butter in a few years. My girls have such fond memories of it as we made it when we read through the Little House on the Prairie series together. They keep asking to do "fun" things we used to in hs, so I'll have to purchase some cream and try this again!

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  6. the extra liquid is buttermilk!

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