Making butter

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming, Food | Posted on 05-03-2013

Usually we use up all of our cream in our morning coffee, but this week we actually had about 2 quarts left over (I still haven’t figured out how that happened). The best use for leftover cream is butter of course.

Jars of fresh cream

Jars of fresh cream

I’ve been using my blender to make butter, but I think this is pretty hard on it. Once we get a cow of our own I’d like to look into buying a nice butter churn.

Cream in the blender.

Cream in the blender.

After a few minutes you end up with whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Wait a few more minutes and the solids will separate. You’re left with fresh buttermilk and butter.

Butter in buttermilk.

Butter in buttermilk.

I strain this into a bowl. The leftover buttermilk will be given to the chickens, although you can also drink it or use it in baked goods.

Draining butter.

Draining butter.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

After draining it is then washed with ice water until the water is fairly clear. We go through butter quickly around here so I don’t worry too much about washing out all the buttermilk.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Lastly, I add some salt to taste, measure it out in half-cup servings, and roll it in wax paper.

Finished product. Yummy!

Finished product. Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our diet changes

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Food | Posted on 21-05-2012

I decided that on May 8 we would transition to a Paleo diet cold turkey. It went okay for about a week, and then we started going downhill. We are still eating fairly well, but we’ve cheated several times. I think that for us it will be easier to make the change slowly. For now I’m going to concentrate on cutting out the gluten. We will still have plenty to choose from, although I won’t be buying any of those gluten-free  baking mixes or treats. I will still try to make treats from scratch. So that’s the plan for now. I figure that by getting all stressed out about our diet I’m doing myself more harm than good. I’m responsible for feeding 6 people and I need to take their needs and wants into consideration when I make these huge changes to our diet. I’m still reading a lot of paleo blogs and books,  just trying to understand more about the diet and keep myself motivated. Now, if I can just find an exercise plan that would work for me…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Food | Posted on 03-05-2011

 

We all know that it’s important to start our day off with a nutritious breakfast. However, time is often an issue in the mornings and we must grab something fast and on the go- unfortunately this is often a sugar laden breakfast product with little or no nutritional value. Why not take a couple extra minutes and make a smoothie? They taste great, are a nutritious way to start our day, and give us an opportunity to use some of those fresh eggs. As you see we use raw egg yolks. I can only recommend doing this if you have access to fresh pastured eggs. I also recommend consuming only the raw egg yolk, not the egg white. Raw egg whites contain digestive enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients (http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Egg_Yolk.html).

 

Here is the recipe. This is how we enjoy our smoothie but you may want to adjust the ingredients to your taste.

 

1 cup of whole raw milk

2 egg yolks from pastured hens

1 banana

2 heaping Tablespoons peanut butter

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth & enjoy!