Friday, 18 November 2011

Utterly butterly

Utterly irresistable,so perfect, but thinks better add salt.
I can not believe I have just made butter. Utterly perfect in every way. I can not believe its butter.Sometimes you even surprise yourself. There is a first time for everything, and today it was the time for me to lose my virginity to buttermilk. I had a pile of recipes in front of me and buttermilk was required before I could proceed.Scones are calling. Where do I find buttermilk? In the Algarve- no chance mate.I need help. Call buttermilk helpline? Tinternet.About.com had the answer...."Once you see how easy it is to make buttermilk, you'll want to make your own everytime. Here's how:"
A question was asked "Do you have a jar of heavy cream in your fridge"
The answer was yes: We are back  in business.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: a jar of cream

1. Fill a jar halfway with heavy cream. 
Then, screw the lid on firmly (a canning jar works well for this purpose).OK
2. Start shaking the jar back and forth. After several minutes, the cream will thicken and turn into whipped cream.Within only a few minutes I had whipped cream. OK

I now have no faith in the next step. It is just not going to happen. How can you cause agitation to a jar of solid whipped cream. I persevere.....

Keep shaking until the whipped cream is replaced with a yellow glob (butter) and a separate liquid (buttermilk).
I continue shaking but nothing is happening then suddenly my face lights up. Something is rattling in the jar. EUREKA!! I have a lump of butter and a whole lotta liquid which is the buttermilk I set out to acquire
3. Pour the buttermilk out of the jar, and use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

To Use the Butter: Knead it under cold water for a couple minutes to remove any remaining buttermilk (it will spoil very quickly, if you don't). Then, salt (if desired), and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
The cats feet had been buttered, The buttered cat paradox is a paradox based on the tongue in cheek combination of two adages.

Cats always land on their feet
Buttered toast always lands buttered side down

The paradox arises when one considers what would happen if one attached a piece of buttered toast (butter side up) to the back of a cat, then dropped the cat from a large height.
Whatever, I have landed on my two feet having made butter. Oh Joy!!!

4 comments:

  1. Brilliant, butter AND buttermilk and all you need is a jar and some elbow grease! :)

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  2. BTW, just wanted to say that the reason why I haven't been commenting recently is not because I haven't been reading you but for some reason, slow internet connection won't "let" me! ARgh.

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  3. oh my god... it can't be that simple or we'd all be doing it?... did it taste good?... i'm off to buy cream now!

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