Monday, May 31

Pass the Raw Milk (and butter!) Please

Don't tell your friends you bought raw milk at the farmer's market. OK, well you can tell them if they seem at least 40% hippie, have ever owned a bluegrass CD, or have ever used the term "grass-fed" to describe some aspect of their meat or dairy. If none of these attributes apply, keep your purchase to yourself. Some weird looks have ensued and I decided I'd save my tale for those who could appreciate a $6 gallon of raw milk.

This post is not to convince you to drink raw milk. You can do the research for yourself and check it out. I'm just excited about the nutrients and benefits that come from raw milk and an unexpected bonding experience as Kenny and I made real butter from the cream. I skimmed the cream from the top and reused cleaned out peanut butter jars to shake, shake, shake. Kenny helped because it was the last 20 minutes of the Lakers-Suns game and he needed something to help with stress! Suns lost... if it weren't for that Kobe Bryant...

Anyway, he had never done this little "experiment" in elementary school and was skeptical that the cream would indeed, turn into butter. 20 minutes later- we had it! I do feel industrious and I'm sure the Feminist Kitchen will be smiling about that.
  • Cream from fresh milk
  • 2 ice cubes
  • salt to taste (I put about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • Fill a jar about 1/2 full of the cream and shake for 15-30 minutes.
  • Strain butter from milk and use a spatula to fold ice cubes and salt in a bowl for a few minutes.
  • Refrigerate in a closed container.
I've also been using raw milk cheese curds in everything from a panini with bruschetta to corn tortilla quesadillas. It's been quite the food experiment week in the Barrett household!

1 comment:

Sis said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I'll have to try this sometime!