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Making butter..

Today, I had my two grandsons over to make butter. They are ages 3 and 5. The older is home-schooled and they read the "little house" books for entertainment. ( I read these to my 3,as well).I told them that we could use the kitchenaid mixer..but that only makes a small amount. They chose to use my 5 gallon crock w/dasher churn(because that's what "Laura Ingalls did!). I had enough cream for 1/2 full. They sure churned their little hearts out! After about a half an hour, we had butter! They were so excited!! After I poured off the buttermilk..they had to taste it..several times. Then after I had washed,worked and salted the butter,they had to have butter on blueberry bread. They went home with fresh butter and homemade bread(made yesterday) to share with their Dad when he got home from work. My daughter said that she'd be lucky to get any!! It was a fun afternoon ,so I thought I'd share.Smile

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Wash it? What do you mean? Oh, and a yum! 

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You have to wash the buttermilk out of it with fresh water(until it runs clean,with no milk residue),then you work the remaining liquid out of the butter. If you don't do this,it won't keep. I work it with two wooden paddles..one is smooth and the other is grooved.

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I guess we've just always eaten it right away, made from grocery store cream too.  I will remember this though the next time we make some.  I didn't know that butter milk remained in the harden pieces, I thought that it all worked itself out. Thanks Barb for answering my question!