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June 1, 2011

Real Farmwives of America & Make Butter with a Jar

A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to guest post on Three Kids and a lot of Pigs for Heather's 'Farmer Friday' feature on her blog.  With this guest post, I was also introduced as the most recent addition to a group that I'm honored to be associated with, Real Farmwives of America.

A quick bio:
The Real Farmwives of America and Friends blog and RFOA Facebook page offers a glimpse inside the world of growing up and living on the family farm. The women in this group are farm girls, farmwives, moms, daughters, and aunts. Most importantly they are friends that have the bond of the farm among other things. From turkey farmers to pig farmers to grain farmers and dairy farmers, they can tell you about it all and answer any questions you might have about the food you eat.

I hope you have a chance to check out the RFOA blog and Facebook page!

So, in case you missed my guest post, here it is......

How to make butter in a jar!

One would think living in California; we would have many warm and sunny days during spring time. But this past week winter has once again returned to our area with rain and even thunder storms.

On rainy days, sometimes it’s a challenge to please both a 4 and 6 year with fun indoor activities. We do a lot of cooking and baking. This week we decided to make Butter in a Jar, which is such a fun thing to do with kids {actually it’s fun for the adults also}. We talked about how the types of food we feed our dairy cows help them to produce milk. We even got a list going on our white boards of all the food items they could think of that are made from milk {Ice cream topped the list}

Bryce was camera shy, plus he had just done this very project at a recent 4H meeting, so Paige is going to demonstrate how to make Butter in a jar~

Full directions below, but here's a quick summery:
Supplies:  heavy cream, jar with lid, butter knife and small kitchen towel.

Fill the jar half full with heavy cream and secure lid, tightly.

Shake, shake and shake for a 10 minutes.


Drain the butter....

Squeeze any liquid from butter using a cheese cloth or small kitchen towel........
Use the butter knife to scrape butter into butter dish.....

 Salt it if you wish.......

Things you will need:
• Baby food jar
• Small kitchen towel or a piece of cheesecloth
• Butter knife
• Heavy cream

• Make sure your baby food jar is sanitized and all residue of soap is gone from the jar so that your butter won’t have a funny taste.

• Fill the jar about halfway to the top with heavy cream and put the lid on securely.

• Shake the jar with the cream in it for about 10-20 minutes. Make sure to shake it up and down, but never tip it upside down as it could leak.

• Once most of the liquid is gone and a large lump of butter has formed, take the lid off the jar.

• Scoop the butter out of the jar with the butter knife, and place it inside a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth.

• Close the kitchen towel or cheesecloth over the butter, and wring it out over a sink several times. This extracts all of the left over liquid and leaves you only with the solid butter.
• Use the butter knife or your hands to shape the butter into a circle or square, rectangle or any shape you wish and place it in the fridge for about 1 hour to harden.

• Use your butter as you normally would and enjoy!

Directions from eHow


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