At this week’s Farmgirl meeting, Angel taught us how to make our own butter. There were nine other women there making butter as well, and it was so fun to hear and watch everybody shaking and beating the heavy cream, awaiting the transformation of the thick milk into butter and buttermilk.
Each of us left the meeting with a jar of buttermilk, and some fresh butter. I stored mine in a butter bell that I had bought a few years ago when I first made butter. Missy gave me some tips for keeping my butter fresh: use distilled water, put enough water in so that it covers the bell, change the water weekly, and don’t refill the butter until it’s all gone. It sounds like a lot to remember, but it will be worth it to have some soft butter around.
This morning, George had the day off, so I made Joy the Baker’s Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes. I knew that I’d find a way to use buttermilk if I visited her site, and I wasn’t disappointed.
These were delicious, with crispy edges, and just a hint of lemon flavor. Perfect with just a little bit of fresh butter on top.
This was a very doable project. It only took a few minutes, and the reward is buttermilk and a lot of fresh butter. What could be better? Thanks for teaching us, Angel! I can’t wait until next month!