I can’t believe its BUTTER!!!
People of Earth…today, I (J.) have made butter for N. and me! I am uber-cheap when it comes to purchasing butter. Why? Well, I use a lot of it and don’t like to pay money for…anything…especially not things I use a lot of. After scowering the ‘net for a good five minutes, I settled on just about the most simple and straight-forward recipe I could find. And it had pictures:)
To view, please go to:http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/?s=butterand scoll down until you get to the butter making post.
How do you make butter? Well, you get up at 4:00a.m., grab your pail and stool, and milk your cow. OK, so I don’t have a cow. In fact, I didn’t use un-pasteurized heavy cream as Lindsay specified at PassionateHomemaking.com. I just used Horizon Organic Heavy whipping cream, our Kitchenaid and some salt.So, I am an admitted/ self-proclaimed skeptic. When N. and I started this life revision, I was of the opinion that all things homemade were, for lack of a better term, not as good, and perhaps not as good for you. I’m a fairly simple person, and try to formulate my decisions and opinions based off of what I know can prove.
Below is a list of ingredients in our last 1/4 pound of Land O’ Lakes Light Butter:Water*Food-starch-modified*Contains less than 2% of tapioca malto-dextrin*SaltVegetable mono and diglycerides*Lactic Acid*Potassium sorbate* (preservative)Sodium Benzoate* (preservative)Xanthan gum*Natural Flavor*Vitamin A palmitate*Beta Carotene* (Color)* Ingredients not found in regular butter. Now, I still don’t know what Xanthan gum is, and I’m not sure why our store-bought butter needs two forms of preservative, but that’s what they have.
Below are the ingredients in the butter that we’ve just made:Organic Grade A Cream (Milk)Carrageenan and Sodium citrateSaltI truly can’t tell you what carageenan and sodium citrate are, but I hope you can agree with me when I say that, in this case, less is more.