I recently stared reading through Nourishing Traditions. Wow, this book is packed with so much info. I actually balked at the price when I first saw it, but it is well worth the money (this nutrition/cookbook is MASSIVE!). [I did see on BAMM.com that you can get this book for $15.75 ($17.50 if you are not a Books-A-Million club member) and that is a really good price.]
Last week we went to a farm and bought some fresh milk, cream, butter and cheese. Yesterday, I made whipped cream from scratch and this morning, I made butter.
Chloe and I had wanted to try our hand at butter making since we read the Little House series last year, but I must confess that I was very intimidated by the whole thing. Well, I was until yesterday; when I learned that you can make butter in a food processor.
There are instructions in Nourishing Traditions (and they are really good) but as I was making it I was unsure that it was actually ready. So, a quick search on the internet found this site – which shows how it should look (and also includes directions).
After I separated the butter from the buttermilk milk and I washed the butter (who knew?!?), our butter turned out really fresh and yummy. We like salted butter so I add a bit of sea salt to ours before we started it in the food processor and it tasted perfect.
I think it is really exciting to be able to make the things that we eat instead of depending on companies to manufacture it. It really gives me a sense of pride that I have been able to do this for our family. With so much uncertainty in our world today, would our family be able to survive if suddenly there were no grocery stores and pre-made meals (or if due to supply and demand the cost rose significantly)?
With all of the things I am learning to make from milk, I am thinking we should really buy a cow (Honey, can you pick one up on the way home? LOL). Okay, maybe I am not ready for 4 AM mornings… yet *smile*.