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I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cultured Butter & Extending your Buttermilk

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I've heard of cultured butter before...but never had the opportunity to taste it....So...me being me, I thought I would just make some and try it...Why not!

To make cultured butter, you first need to pour your cream in a ceramic bowl...and cover with a cloth.
Leave the cream on the kitchen bench for 24 hours...not too much longer though as it will be too sour and give an undesirable flavour in your final butter.....

So after 24 hours, chill the cream again in the fridge for a few hours....then beat with a whizzer or shake vigorously in a sealed glass jar, until the solids separate from the milk...leaving your cultured butter and buttermilk....Strain and wash your butter...add salt to taste.....and store your Buttermilk in the fridge for later baking.

Drain well to preserve the Buttermilk for baking.

L: Cultured Butter, Right: Butter
I now prefer the taste of cultured butter...my taste-buds are so spoilt.

Extending your Buttermilk:

After making Butter at home...you will be left with a lovely natural Buttermilk...which is perfect for baking...I recently made Buttermilk Scones...and have been drooling thinking about them ever since. There are plenty of  recipes on the net for using Buttermilk....I am also interested in using it to coat chicken drumsticks before baking...this sounds interesting.

The standard rule to extend your natural Buttermilk...is 1 to 3.....
Measure your Buttermilk...and let's say you have 1 whole cup....add three times that amount in Milk.....to the Buttermilk....so you would add 3 cups of milk to your Buttermilk....

Let stand for 24 hours at room temperature, covered with a cloth....If you started with one cup of Buttermilk....after 24 hours you would have 4 cups of Buttermilk....
a much better amount to be experimenting with for baking.

This Buttermilk will also store in the fridge for 2 weeks...Actually it won't ...because I will have used it up before then.

I also had a go at Rhonda's Orange Cake over at Down to Earth.....truly one of the easiest cakes I have ever made....In the back of the photo, you can see what is left of one cake....I made a double batch of batter.....one cake for now..and one for the freezer.....We went through one whole cake just tasting it.....
I guess I don't have one for the freezer now......

All you do is:
Throw a whole Navel Orange in the whizzer and blitz it....then add the eggs, butter, sugar and flour....pour into a lined baking loaf tin...and bake for about 40 minutes in a medium oven.
For the original recipe go over to Down to Earth....Thank-you Rhonda for an amazing recipe...I'll make a lemon one next time, but Buttermilk scones is on tomorrow's baking list.


  1. Hi Narelle! I make cultured butter only now. I'm pleased you made up the whole orange cake. Tasty, isn't it!

  2. Hi Rhonda... the taste is so much better....and that cake of yours...it will be the first thing DS16 asks for when he comes home from school this afternoon.

  3. Great idea about extending buttermilk - thanks for the tip! I love to make butter from fresh jersey milk and the cream is YUMMO :) The butter sure tastes great, doesn't it. You girls have me thinking about making that orange cake... we have strawberry shortcake to use up tonight but maybe tomorrow :)

  4. Little Home In The Country: Hi Sherri, your'e so right...the taste is so superior...now I am thinking about fresh milk again...your strawberry shortcake looked very yummy too. I love how we all share recipes, it's lovely.


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