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I did get my butter done today, and I'm so proud of myself I could just bust a button emoticon I did 2 hours of [sign in to see URL] offered to relieve me, but I refused, and kept going. I realize I am going to have to have DH make me a different dasher for the churn. The one I used [sign in to see URL] handle is too small and cream kept splashing out of the churn through the hole in the lid, so I had to wrap a hand towel around the dasher handle to keep from making a huge mess.

This is the churn I used.
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I started out with 4 half gallons of fresh cream. You can see where the cream line [sign in to see URL] in case you're not sure, I put a small line with a black marker at the cream line.
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This is a view right after I poured all of the cream into the churn.
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After about an hour of churning, we're finally getting pretty frothy and I can feel the cream getting thicker
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After almost 2 solid hours of churning, I finally have butter!!!
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I lined a metal colander with doubled piece of cheesecloth, placed the colander in a bowl to catch the milk, and started dipping the butter
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I used a wooden spoon to press the milk out of the butter. I poured the milk from the bowl under the colander into another bowl, and kept pressing. I'd then wrap the butter in the cheese cloth and squeeze with my hands.
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This is about half of what was finally rendered. I removed it from the cheesecloth and placed it in yet another bowl
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After repeating the dipping, pressing and squeezing two more times, I ended up with approximately 3-4 pounds of butter. Added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and kneaded it into the butter, over the bowl so any other milk would drip out
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And finally, I had to find enough containers to put the butter into.
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Thank you for those pictures!

That definitely is a lot of butter, and it was a lot of work to get it. Of course, considering that a cow produces several gallons of milk a day ... peoole probably were hard put to use it all.

Butter and cheeses were ways of storing at least part of the goodness of milk. I think we keep forgetting that in these days when they are always available.

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Awesome! emoticon

Did you let the cream get to room temp before starting? I know with the shake-the-jar method, it doesn't start working until it hits about 65F. I hate to think your first hour was just getting the cream warm... emoticon

I think I've seen pictures of towels wrapped around dashers - that just might have to be the way it's done!

We ran out of butter (homemade and store bought!) a few days ago and had to make a grocery run (we so rarely go these days now with all our dairy and produce either coming from the farm or the farmer's market). I wish we could make enough to not have to buy it! I'm going to do the whole gallon of skimmed cream next week but it is only enough butter to last us about 1 week instead of two. Oh well, it's an improvement over all store-bought!
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Firle, I agree. When you can buy only what milk you need at the store, you don't have to worry about what to do with all the left-over. If I had a milk cow, at least I know I'd be good with butter [sign in to see URL].

Texas, oh my yes!! I set the cream out at about 9:30 or so yesterday morning, and didn't pour it into the churn and start churning till 1:13. So yes, it was pretty much at room temp. Still slightly cool, but not too bad.
In all that I had read, most were using a gallon of cream and were rendering butter in 30-60 minutes, depending on the rate you were churning. So, with 2 gallons, I should have realized it would take that much longer.


I figured I'd be pretty sore today, but I'm nowhere near as sore as I thought I'd be! My shoulder is a bit tight, but I think if I keep rubbing it and using the heat pad off and on, it'll all be ok. Of course, it's really rainy today, [sign in to see URL] with arthritis in my shoulders, the damp doesn't help! Still, it's not anywhere near as bad or as sore as I thought I'd [sign in to see URL] good thing. [sign in to see URL] in all, it was tiring, but a wonderful day!! emoticon

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Why is it I want a nice slice of homemade bread right about now! emoticon
Man that was a lot of work! But it definitely looks worth it! emoticon

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[sign in to see URL] I need to order some more cream. A current cast member found out I make my own butter, and has requested that the next batch I do, I allow him to purchase some. I told him I was sorry, but that I don't sell my [sign in to see URL] he gave me a crestfallen look, I grinned and said "But, I will GIVE you some!!" that perked him right up. It will have to be sometime in January, since there really is not enough time right now to churn 2 gallons of [sign in to see URL] yes, I have decided I'll do another 2 gallons. I still have to get my DH to make me a new plunger for my [sign in to see URL] have all the parts to make it, it's just getting him still long enough to trim the round piece and drill the holes in it for me. The rest, I could do if I have to. We'll see. I'm actually looking forward to making some more butter, even though it is rather time consuming. I like being [sign in to see URL] idle like I had been for so long, so that will be a good thing to do during our down-time from the theatre.

I may also attempt making some cottage cheese from the 'butter milk', if time allows. If not, I'll let DH have it to drink.

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How long did your first batch last?

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I'm very impressed! I really like the pic with the curtains and the windows -- looks so pretty.
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Firle, not nearly long enough!! It lasted us maybe 3 months or so. I did give some of it away to a family member.

Thanks, Cat! emoticon I have a wonderful view out that window!!

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