My husband has a coworker who gets a few gallons of fresh milk a week from a herd share but because they were so busy it was going to go to waste. They asked if we wanted their raw milk for a few weeks and of course we said yes! I’ve always wanted to try it and have seen so many things you can make using raw milk. So tonight my husband and I tried our hand at butter and it was so incredibly easy. If you have a stand mixer, that’s all you need to make butter. We received 2 1/2 gallons of raw milk and you can use the cream from the top to make your butter.
Skim Your Cream
First things first, let your milk sit in your fridge for 24 hours. This allows the cream to rise to the top for easy skimming. I simply used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to skim the cream from the top. I left a bit of cream in the raw milk, but took the majority of it from 2 gallons to make this butter. You aren’t using any of the milk, just the cream. Save the milk for other recipes and drinking!
I skimmed my cream and placed it in my mixing bowl.
Mix Your Cream
Using your mixer, mix your cream on a speed 5, at a medium speed. This takes a while, about 25 minutes. Your cream will eventually turn to whipped cream, then will start to turn to butter and buttermilk. It does get messy, so I wrapped a towel around the mixer when I noticed it sloshing out of the bowl. Once it turns into butter, you can turn off your mixer.
Strain Your Butter
Using a mesh strainer, I stained my butter and buttermilk into a bowl. This makes it easy to just gather the butter into one large ball. Save the buttermilk though, you can use this in recipes too. I placed mine in a pint jar using a canning funnel and placed it in my refrigerator!
Rinse Your Butter
Now that you’ve gathered your butter into a ball, rinse it with cold water, squeezing it to get all of the buttermilk out. Once the water starts to run clear, you have butter! Place it in a glass container and pop it in the fridge. I told you this was an extremely easy process!
I now have milk, butter and buttermilk all from 2 gallons of raw milk! What’s crazy to me is that I got all of that from just buying milk! Had I bought it at the grocery store, I would have had to buy all three separately at a higher cost! You can also just skim the cream and use that for baking and recipes instead of butter. So many ways to use your raw milk, and butter is just one of them!
Watch Me Make Butter
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