|Occasionally a little excitement...|
So... I figured the next logical step is fresh home made butter! How hard can that be - there's only one ingredient! And think of the money I'll save!
|All you need is fresh cream|
Lovely sweet cream... Of course it has to be organic and not ultra-pasteurized like all the grocery store stuff, which means a trip to town...
The Kitchen Aid took that stuff right past whipped cream and straight to butter in just a couple of minutes.
It also wanted to throw buttermilk all over the kitchen.
You have to wash the butter by kneading it in cold water, replacing the water a few times until it runs clear. This is to get all the buttermilk out of it. If you don't, it will get rancid.
End result: 6.4 ounces of sweet cream butter and a half pint of buttermilk.
... And a sink full of dirty dishes, plus a butter-splattered mixer and counter.
So... the money-saving part:
- Fancy cream $5.00
- Bottle deposit $2.00
- 60-mile round trip to get cream not available in Campo - $12 (Of course I didn't make the trip just for cream)
Yield: 6.4 ounces of butter.
|8 ounces of store-bought Irish butter: $3.50|
But hey... it was an experience.. And since the mixer was out anyway, I rewarded myself with a big batch of oatmeal cookies.