What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Homemade Butter

by: Chelsa
Living on our farm has a lot of nice perks; like organically grown fruits and veggies and herbs, pasture-raised meat and eggs, and plenty of fresh goat milk from our two milk goats, Milkshake and Cinnamon. I am very happy with the quality and quantity of our milk.  With two goats, I can make all the fresh raw yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, cream cheese, and now Mozzarella Cheese I want. I was told that the only drawback to using goat milk is that you can't make butter unless you buy a $400 machine to remove the cream from the milk.

You'd think we would have gotten a milk cow instead, since we love butter so much, but early on we decided against it. One of the main reasons we chose goats over a cow was the size factor. Samantha was 6 yrs old at the time and she was the one who wanted to milk. Goats seemed much safer than a huge cow, plus it was a lot cheaper to feed a couple of goats. Not to mention the fact that we didn't have a clue on how to raise animals. We figured smaller was safer. So I was resigned to the fact that we would just have to buy butter at the grocery store.

However, after our experience with making cheese the other day, I started thinking about the butter idea again. And I've noticed that the cream does separate some from the milk after 3-4 days in the fridge. It rises to the top and sticks to the side of the glass jars we store it in.  So yesterday I decided to scrape the cream out of all the jars we had that were at least 3 days old or older.  I put all that cream in a clean quart size glass jar, screwed the lid on tight and started shaking. We took turns shaking the cream until it began to form a big blob. Then we spooned it out into a bowl, sprinkled some sea salt in it and stirred well. Samantha thought we should find a pretty mold to put our soft butter in, so we scrounged around and found foil cupcake papers. We spread it into 3 of those put them on a plate and placed it in the fridge. It turned out better than I thought. The butter is almost white, since we don't have any green grass for the goats to eat, but it was absolutely delicious! We've been milking goats for 3 years now and you would think I would have figured this out before now. I guess it's butter late than never!
We couldn't get the camera out fast enough! It's SO GOOD!

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