Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Homemaking Butter and More!

Chris had read about making butter and had really wanted to try it. So before he left for work yesterday morning...he set out a carton of whipping cream. When he got home from work, while I made dinner, he put the cream into a jar, closed it up and shook it for a while!

After a little bit of shaking....the cream started to take on a solid form!!!

After some more shaking (it takes quite a bit of shaking)....once the solid looked more like butter...Chris then drained out the buttermilk! (That should make for some really good buttermilk biscuits or pancakes!!!).....

And LOOK!!!! We made butter!!!! It was pretty neat! And really...it was not hard at all. I don't know why we haven't always made our own butter! It tastes really good too!!!! Have you ever made butter? What was your experience with it?? I would love to hear about it! :)


Then...last evening, we sat as a family and watched Dave and The Giant Pickle, from Veggie Tales! (It's the story of David and Goliath!) Chris dozed a bit while we watched the movie (I shoulda taken a pic of that...hehehe!) and I knitted!




Yesterday.....I knitted a handle for the little cell phone holder I made and mentioned HERE. And then I knitted one for my sister too! Not sure if she will like hers or not...but I thought I would make her one anyway!


Well.....on this last day of 2008....I wish you all a very wonderful and safe New Years Eve! I hope you are able to enjoy it with friends and family or just quietly at home...whichever you prefer! I am not 100% sure what we are doing yet. Usually we have friends over to play games and spend time in fellowship and laughter! But I must admit...I am NOT a night owl at all...and it is hard for me to stay up late! LOL So we'll see!

Happy New Year 2009!

21 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Katy! I hope it brings much happiness and health to your family.

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  2. Happy New Year!

    Hope 2009 brings great things for your Family!

    Heather

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  3. I never knew it was that easy to make butter. Now I want to try it!

    Hope you have a great 2009!

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  4. Katy, Butter making is fun. Being from Kansas, and having a lifetime membership to Laura Ingalls fan club( that is no joke) My hometown of Independence Ks. is an official site of the prairie home the Ingalls shared on the banks of our Verdigas River. we have quite a nice festive on the site anually. As a child I was asked to sit in the site school house as a teacher during the tours!! Anyhoo! Being from Kansas on our states birthday, Jan. 29th my class always makes butter. Each child is given a baby food jar with whipping cream and they shake it until they have each made butter and then we heat up rolls and have Kansas Butter. They love it. Dawn

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  5. Happy New Year Katy!!!

    God bless,
    Amy

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  6. Happy New Year! Butter is one of the things I have always wanted to try and make - guess next time I go to the store I have to remember to buy some whipping cream.
    Kris

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  7. I'm so glad you posted this! We used to make butter like that when I was little and I had forgotten about it.

    I want my kids to try that soon. Thanks again for the reminder!

    Happy New Year,
    Mandy

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  8. Yes, we've made butter--in several class projects and at home when the kids were little. We NEVER use oleo, only real butter. We try to avoid processed food with ingredients you can't pronounce let alone define!
    Happy new year, Katy. May all your days be peaceful and may love warm you each one!

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  9. That butter looks awesome! I LOVE learning how to make things myself... I might have to try it! We are big VeggieTales fans here too, although my son (age 6) thinks he is getting too old for such silliness. Crazy kid!

    Happy New Year Katy! God bless you girl!

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  10. Katy,

    We've made butter a few times. We've done it in our studies of Little House on the Prairie (both when Colt was younger and then with Joy)...then just for fun a time or two. It really isn't that hard and it tastes wonderful, doesn't it? And it made us feel so good to know we were eating butter WE made!

    You're becoming quite handy with knitting needles!

    We'll be low key for New Years Eve...staying home watching movies and playing games and snacking. Tomorrow we'll have a dinner here with more family.

    We wish you and your family a Blessed New Year!

    Tammy

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  11. Happy new year Katy!
    I love your cell phone holders! What will you think of next? HOw creative is that!!!
    Mmmm REAL butter. Love it! Love fresh butter and whole milk is the best. When I was young, my aunt had a milk cow and sometimes we'd get raw milk. It was THE BEST on cold cereal. Then we've had milk goats our selves but they didn't have as much cream in their milk as the cow.
    My hands still ache when I remember milkin those goats every day. lol We used to butcher our own chickens too and actually had quite a business butchering raising and butchering our own rabbits. Please don't tell Miss Potter that tho... coz we don't do that anymore and she'd run away for good! lol ~ Seeing your butter today brought back alot of good memories.
    Hope yall have a happy and blessed new year!
    Love ya,
    Lea
    btw.. no more popups do I see when I visit my KaTY

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  12. I've never made butter but have eaten homemade butter that friends have made. It is just the best!!!! I'll have to make some now that I know it's that easy!

    Loved the pictures of your kiddies!!!

    Praying that the New Year brings you all the joys and blessings God has in store for you and yyour family, Katy!

    Cora

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  13. Katy I am so glad you had a wonderfully Blessed Christmas my friend!! And I want to try to make my own butter now!!! I hope you and your family are so richly Blessed this New Year!! You have been such a wonderful Blessing in my life and I look forward to many more blessed days with you in 2009!!:0)~HUGS~ Love Wendy

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  14. Happy New Year Katy :)

    I think I'm going to make myself some butter tomorrow :)

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  15. Yes, we've made butter before like this. I first learned when my children made it in elementary school for their Thanksgiving feast. We purchased whipping cream from the grocery store for this. One warning though, my father-in-law was buying the Amish Cream from the Amish community to make his butter. The Amish DO NOT PASTURIZE their milk, so therefore, he got very, very, sick from the butter. Pasturization heats the milk/cream and kills the bacteria. It's not good for young children and the elderly (my father-in-law is 77!) who may have a compromised immune system. The Amish ae used to this so it doesn't bother them, but to someone who has not built an immunity. . . it's a problem. Just wanted to let you know.

    Happy New Year!

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  16. Happy New Year to you and your family Katy!!

    We made butter with our kids in a little baggie....something different and fun for the kids!

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  17. Happy New Year! Wow, you made your own butter too?! I had no idea it was that easy (well, easy for us if the hubby is doing all the shaking:) I'd say your 2008 to-do list is complete!

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  18. I've read about that shaker method of making butter,nice to know it actually works!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Manuela

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  19. We love homemade butter!! I make it pretty frequently, thought the budget minded me has to only do it so often, since store bought butter is cheaper.

    I make sure my jar and my cream are super cold (as in a recipe I found several years ago) and be sure to rinse off all the buttermilk so your butter doesn't spoil. It takes me about 18 minutes shaking.

    YUM!

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  20. Oh we love to make butter too! We add a wee bit of salt and its sooo good. It never lasts long around here.

    Wishing you a new year filled with God's love and blessing ~
    So glad that I met you this past year!

    Love,
    Lea

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Warmly, Katy