fresh raw cow's milk. I have read extensively about the many health benefits of natural milk with all its health building enzymes intact and am convinced that drinking raw milk as humans have all over the world since the beginning of history is the best way to consume this nutritious dairy product. Unfortunately because of the glut of misinformation, politics and fear-mongering, unless a person owns a jersey cow, it is getting harder and harder to obtain good, natural milk in America. (In France, they sell it in vending machines. But of course!)
To make butter, I put the cream into a clean jar, let it come to room temperature and enlisted an eager helper who has energy to spare. It isn't necessary to have any special equipment to make butter like butter churns or paddle jars. A simple jar with a tight fitting lid is all that is needed. Well, you also need some muscle, stamina, patience and perseverance. And muscle and stamina. And did I say patience? This is where having eager kids with young muscles is beneficial...
Start shaking the cream.
Keep shaking! Shake some more!!
Don't stop... keep shaking! Shake, shake, shake!!
Butter! The fat has separated from the milk and floats in what is now buttermilk.
Look at the lovely yellow color that spring grass makes. Some contented cows made this butter.
Peter had a good time making his first batch of butter.
Mom! It's like......real butter!
His next question was- how do you make cheese? Can we make cheese?