Yesterday I was given some frozen double cream. It said on the tub 'NOT TO BE FROZEN' so it was a bit of a gamble if it would make butter. Probably an experiment is not the best idea for one's first attempt at it but there you go - I am all for an experiment.
The internet was playing up first thing so I couldn't to the forum I like - Mrs L's to get the instructions, so I just 'went for it'.
I got it straight out of the fridge and it looked really grainy not like smooth double cream should look! But as it was free and I was in a ‘couldn’t care less’ type of mood, I just stuck it in the food mixer, put it on to the slowest setting, and went off the feed the chooks. Had a shower – then remembered it!
Oops, there was buttermilk everywhere! But lo and behold in the stainless steel bowl was butter! MAGIC
Not a very good photo as the glare came off the stainless steel bowl, but it was a lovely yellow buttery colour all over - those white bits are just photo glare and I don't know how to fix that!
I strained off what little buttermilk was left (half a cup) and pulled off bits and rinsed it under cold water. Then I put it all together in my now freezing cold hands and squashed it into a ball.
I added a few twists from the salt grinder, squished it up to mix it a bit, and patted it with spatulas to look like this…………
It weighed in at 4.75 ounces - but it was only a small tub of cream, and there was lots of butter milk - over the floor, the walls, the work top - so next time there will be no waste. And it was free food this time!
Later when I looked up how to do it on the forum………..the cream had to be at room temperature………etc etc. I broke all the rules – except the hygiene ones of course!
Clearing up all the splashes of buttermilk was not a chore as I was still on a high at making the butter. It is now in residence in a plastic tub – from Tesco’s – which hardly befits such a work of art. Perhaps I should search the charity shops for a proper butter dish next. I don’t suppose anyone out there has an old butter mould or butter pats they want to swap or sell – or knows of someone who does?
Lunch time was our once a week treat of eggs and home made fat free potato wedges – and I had a doorstep slice of my own wholemeal bread with my own butter which I dunked into my own very golden and soft egg yolks – happiness is slow food – with every mouthful tasting divine.
As I am typing this, the aroma of my latest batch of two wholemeal and jumbo oats loaves is wafting in here – and they are topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. Who needs a bread maker when you have a food mixer and an oven? So much quicker.
In a moment I will get them out of the oven, and when I turn them over to tap them out of the tins some of the roasted seeds will fall off, and I won’t have to fight Pat for them either as he is out bowling.
The other thing I have just done is to get some of my frozen raspberries and layer them with the thick yoghurt I make. This is what they look like now – but by tea time the will have thawed and the juice will have made lovely marbled patterns into the yoghurt, four pots in all. Yummy.
Best be off - the bread smells done, and there are some lovely toasted pumpkin seeds with my name on them!