About 12 years ago, Superman and I moved to the country, and we lived there for 5 years.
I love the country.
I love the peace and quiet that comes from not having neighbors weed wack their lawns at 6:30 in the morning, or stay up till 1am with their music blaring and kids screaming like wild banshees all. summer. long.
I love the fresh air.
I love the fact that neighbors are willing to give you 2 gallons of raw milk a week.
For 2 years I had a free supply of milk
Then the friends moved away, and we moved to town.
And Chocolatechic was appalled at the price of milk, and stopped purchasing it.
For 7 years.
But guess what?
I now own a cow.
I named her Tartare.
Actually, I don’t own a whole cow, just a part of a cow.
It is called herd sharing.
Because I own part of a cow, I get to drink her milk.
You know what comes along with milk?
See that lovely darker line…that is all glorious cream, Internet.
You know what comes along with cream?
And y’all know how much I heart buttah.
I’m gonna show you how I make it.
First you skim the cream off the top of the milk.
I got 2 quarts of cream from 3 gallons of milk.
It is important that you let the cream sit on the counter till it becomes about 60º.
If you do, butter will happen in about 10-15 minutes.
It takes much, much, much longer to make butter if you skip this step.
Then you hand these jars over to your slaves chips, and have them shake.
And in about 15 minutes you have butter.
Now you drain your butter. The leftovers???
Now it is time to wash your butter.
Dump it into a bowl and fill it up with cold water.
Get a flat spatula, and swirl the butter around.
The water will turn milky.
Drain the water and smoosh the butter against the side of the bowl.
Repeat till the water is clear.
This is after about 5 washes.
I did another 2 or 3 before the water was clear.
If you don’t get the water clear, your butter will go rancid.
Salt your butter.
Stir it all up.
Scrape out all your dry butter and put it in a container.
I got about 10 ounces of butter from those 3 gallons of milk.
You are my favorite cow.