We've been raw milk drinkers for a lot of years now and we were also lucky enough (for awhile) to enjoy a nice stockpile of Amish butter.
Then, my farmer moved and getting milk became more difficult. My Amish stash of little golden pots dwindled too.
For a long time, we were mostly dairy-free. Well, at least, milk-free. Then I caved and bought milk from the store and man, one just can't go backwards like that. I was pouring milk down the drain. Which is probably good, but still. Who likes pouring anything down a drain?
So, this week, I made milk a priority and made the drive. 2 hours. Each way.
I was richly rewarded. Not only did I get milk, but they were long on cream too. So, I go a full gallon of that as well.
The farm's First Lady said to leave the half gallon jar on the counter for two days and then start shaking.
So I did. Two noodle arms and 30 minutes later, I broke out the Kitchenaid and opened up Pinterest. Five minutes after that, I had my first batch ready for washing.
One half gallon equals 1.5 pints of butter and 2 pints of buttermilk. With a little to spare for the chickens.
With practice, it will get easier and cleaner too. Spattering milk was a problem. But, let me tell you, standing around with my oldest daughter whilst me licked knives and spatulas was a Saturday night well spent.