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I've got to get busy to see if I can find a place to get fresh cream so I can make some homemade butter. I've sent an e-mail to a local organic farm, but not sure if they sell their cream. Waiting for a reply.

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We made some goat butter earlier this milking season. We had to collect several days worth of cream since very little rises on goat milk (you need a separator to get the amount you can just skim off of cow milk). It was VERY goaty. Inedible really. I think it's because the cream wasn't the freshest. I really want to try it again but a separator costs several hundred dollars!

Also, there's two different butters - sweet cream and cultured. We did the cultured. I think that makes it tangier already (we bought local cow cultured butter and it was tangy, not sweet like "regular" butter from the store). So if we do it again, I'll do the sweet cream way!
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I prefer the sweet cream butter....and not sure I'd need the separator if I'm getting just the cream from whomever I'm able to find to provide it. I know I need to get it from a dairy farm, but not all dairies sell to the milk companies....some just use it for personal consumption or to sell as-is as an organic substance. Still not heard back from the one place I e-mailed. They are a local farm..not too far from where I live. I'm hoping that if they don't have cream for sale, they may know of a place I can get some.
I actually found a butter recipe that just uses a blender!!! I reallllly wanna try my antique butter churn!!!

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When I finished school, there was a school trip to Greece I went on. (Old times!) And in the very first hotel in Olympia, we had goat butter for breakfast, marmelade and honey. I prefer a hearty breakfast, so I only had the butter on my first slice of bread. Boy, that was goaty! Several people almost gagged, and most left out the butter. So did I.

Fun memories, but I know exactly why you didn't like that butter, TM.

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A really well aged goat cheese that is goaty is good. It's musky and pleasant. But just butter for your toast? Yuck, you don't want to feel like you are licking the buck. emoticon

I've had sweet cream goat butter from a friend (the one we bought the goats from) and it's good. It's like the difference between store-bought goat milk and raw farm-fresh goat milk. There should be no real goat flavor. The more you process goat milk, the more that flavor emerges (it's produced when the fatty acid chains are broken - by homogenizing, pasteurizing, cooking, stirring, etc). So the butter does have some goat flavor, but if done well, it shouldn't be unpleasant.

And now, of course, I'm dreaming of a cow so we can have sweet cream and never worry about the goaty taste! Saijen, I hope you hear back from that dairy. Apparently, you can make butter from cream at the store as long as it's not "ultra pasteurized". I've only ever seen one brand of cream that wasn't though - and it was from a local place anyway! I haven't tried with store-bought stuff.

Oh, and we did the blender method at the cheese making class I took. Also just a simple "shake the jar". I agree - the antique butter churn sounds like fun...plus you get some exercise to help offset the calories in your new delicious butter! emoticon
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TexasMadness wrote:
 Saijen, I hope you hear back from that dairy. Apparently, you can make butter from cream at the store as long as it's not "ultra pasteurized". I've only ever seen one brand of cream that wasn't though - and it was from a local place anyway! I haven't tried with store-bought stuff.

Oh, and we did the blender method at the cheese making class I took. Also just a simple "shake the jar". I agree - the antique butter churn sounds like fun...plus you get some exercise to help offset the calories in your new delicious butter! emoticon



I hope I do, too. I've not checked e-mails yet today. Yeah, you can use the store bought stuff, but I really prefer it to be totally fresh, and a bit more organic. At least I'll know what the cow has eaten, and the region it grew up in.

And yeah....gonna have to offset those calories somehow! LOL....and who knows...it may help me get rid of my 'old lady wings'!!! emoticon



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I was just wondering how you were fairing in the search for cream! I'm paying more and more attention to local products and I realize we should be better about butter. Hubby hates the local stuff (the cultured one I talked about) and we don't have the cream separator for the goat butter. But I want to make it work somehow! I might have to buy some local cream too...I'll see what price it would be to make my own from the expensive stuff at the local dairy!

Any luck?
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Darn! I checked with the local raw cow dairy in the area (actually, there are several, but only one I know of is easy to get here in Austin). They do have cream listed on their website and the price of it would make the price of the butter (1 quart makes almost 1 lb) just a teensy bit more expensive than the national brand of organic pasture fed butter we currently buy. BUT....the horrible drought has made the butterfat of the cows go down and he isn't selling it right now! emoticon

On the other hand, it finally encouraged me to put in an order for raw cow milk. We get our first gallon on Friday! A woman 3 houses down from me picks up for our neighborhood so it will be super easy. Believe it or not, I've not had raw cow milk - just goat! Can't wait!

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Raw cow milk is yummy! That's what I grew up on. We got it from a farmer in our village, actually we went there and brought it home in a milk can. (Small one, I think it held 1.5 or two liters.)

We usually had to stir in the cream before drinking any. Of course, being kids, we added chocolate powder, or banana or strawberry powder. Eeek, now I would have it pure.

With one exception: There was one pasture where wild onions grew. We avoided the milk when the cows were grazing there. emoticon It was long ago sold for houses, though, and the farmer is retired and no longer has cows. Sad, really.

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I never did hear back from the farm I e-mailed, so guess I need to look for another place to ask. I had thought about going to the local AG office to see if they know of anyone in the area, or asking at the Farmer's Co-Op. I may get better ideas from those 2 places than I will from the internet or phone book!!
It bothers me, really, that the people never bothered to e-mail me back. I got an auto reply that said they'd try to respond to my inquiry within 24 hours....that was a day or two after I sent my initial e-mail...so, over a week ago.

I don't care for milk, unless I'm eating something really rich, or unless it's chocolate milk and I reallllly don't like raw milk. I never cared for milk, even as a kid, even though I was made to drink it. I just don't like the taste. I've tried raw milk on 2 seperate ocassions...once as a child, and once as an adult...and couldn't stomach it either time. So...y'all can have all of that you want....LOL

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