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Monday, 8 February 2016

And they said it couldn't be done...

I was wondering if it was possible to make butter from milk rather than cream. Everything I read online indicates that it must be cream and can't be done with milk, and that the only way is to get raw cows milk straight from the cow so to speak, skim the cream off the top and go through the process with the cream. Since I rarely listen to what I'm told I convinced myself that it would be possible to use the unhomogenised gold top to make butter, so when Fast-Momma picked a bottle up reduced it was fate that I'd get to experiment and see what would happen.



So I poured out a couple of amazing creamy cups of tea to give the milk space to shake about and began the process.

Shake Shake Shake Shake

it does take a little bit more time than double cream, granted, but after 15-20 minutes of shaking I started to see that familiar "scrambled egg" form in the bottle. sieve the solids out, press out the remaining buttermilk and sit in the fridge to set it if you prefer it hard, hey presto you have butter.

Admittedly you don't get very much butter from a small botle of gold top, but if you can pick it up cheap enough or you desperately need butter and can't make it to the shops, then gold top milk can get you out of a bind. The bonus of this is that the milk left behind is still perfectly acceptable for a cuppa or to make scrambled egg so there is absolutely no waste


So there you have it, milk in to butter. 

The person saying it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it....
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2 comments

  1. Well done you, I never spy cream or 'proper' milk reduced to have a go x

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  2. Good for you for not taking "their" word for it, (whoever "they" are LOL). I think most folks assume all milk is homogenized, so of course no butter. You demonstrate how it pays to pay attention to the product and see for yourself.

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