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Making my own butter! (merged)

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  • squeaky
    squeaky Posts: 14,129 Forumite
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    Hi all :)

    We have a very recent thread on butter making at home that is still quite active and so I'll merge this thread into it. You'll need to read from the beginning again in order to catch up with us :)
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  • leonie_2
    leonie_2 Posts: 517 Forumite
    carol_a wrote:
    I think it was because of the extra attachments I had taking up cupboard space I got put off...tin opener, liquidiser, mincer, cream maker etc etc. I bought it just before I got married in 1976 (for about £30) we asked for all of the attachments on our wedding list and got most of them bought for us but I only really used it for cakes and the odd loaf of bread with the dough hook as I was working full time and not so OS in those days.

    My mum got a food processor in the 80s which seemed to do everything with just a change of blade so I was sucked in and sold my Chef and all attachments for £50. The food processor is useless for cakes so I use a hand blender in a bowl and have a breadmaker now. If they weren't so expensive now I may consider getting another Chef but shouldn't really be making cakes anyway as I've got about 3 stone to lose!

    Thats just like me, if I get something, i'll end up with everything that goes with it! I've actually got the food processor attachment that goes with it and im waiting on the mincer arriving. Now im thinking the pasta maker is a 'must have' :rolleyes:

    I made yorkshire puds in it at the weekend and they were terrific. This weekend im going to make them with buttermilk instead of semi skimmed. I've a feeling they will be enormous as the scones with buttermilk rose really well.

    Also i've got some bread in, that I did half buttermilk, half water. Cant wait to try that. When I first started out, I thought i'd be chucking the buttermilk away as I didnt know what to do with it!
  • Ooh you naughty naughty people! You made me pick up 2 huge pots of reduced cream last night - I'm meant to be on a diet! :D

    I have Kenwood, I have cream. What kind of speed do I do it on (it's an old one without a spash guard).

    Then I rinse well and pat.

    Can't wait to get home and try it now.

    Did anyone discover if you can freeze the butter milk?
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  • leonie_2
    leonie_2 Posts: 517 Forumite
    Ooh you naughty naughty people! You made me pick up 2 huge pots of reduced cream last night - I'm meant to be on a diet! :D

    I have Kenwood, I have cream. What kind of speed do I do it on (it's an old one without a spash guard).

    Then I rinse well and pat.

    Can't wait to get home and try it now.

    Did anyone discover if you can freeze the butter milk?

    Well I start off on no.1 for about ten seconds so it doesn't splosh up. Then move to about 2. Once it turns really thick, I bump it up to about 4, but as soon as you see the buttermilk coming out (it changes sound as well) I quickly lower the speed to minimum otherwise it goes everywhere.

    I drain off the buttermilk, then put it back in for 30 seconds to get out the rest of the buttermilk. Then I pop it in a colander and rinse it through whilst poking it about to get out all the remaining buttermilk.

    I'm not sure about the freezing bit. I've read on the web that once defrosted its only good for things like scones, not for drinking. So I suppose its fine if you just want it for baking?

    Let us know how it goes!!!
  • I would only use buttermilk for baking so I may as well try it. Will report back tomorrow :)
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  • astep70uk
    astep70uk Posts: 338 Forumite
    leonie wrote:
    Thats just like me, if I get something, i'll end up with everything that goes with it! I've actually got the food processor attachment that goes with it and im waiting on the mincer arriving. Now im thinking the pasta maker is a 'must have' :rolleyes:

    Leonie, I've just ordered a mincer/sausage stuffer for mine too, and can't wait for it to arrive - my sausage casings came today, so hopefully my mincer will arrive by the end of the week :)
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  • leonie_2
    leonie_2 Posts: 517 Forumite
    astep70uk wrote:
    Leonie, I've just ordered a mincer/sausage stuffer for mine too, and can't wait for it to arrive - my sausage casings came today, so hopefully my mincer will arrive by the end of the week :)

    Where did you order yours from if you dont mind me asking? I ordered from electricshopping.com but they had none in so cancelled and we rang round but everyone said it would be mid January before they were back in stock.

    PS what do you think about the pasta maker and little mill for herbs.....
  • astep70uk
    astep70uk Posts: 338 Forumite
    Oooh Leonie, I too ordered mine from electricshopping, but on Monday night it showed as having stock, and I haven't heard anything different - hope it comes! I don't have any other gadgets for my kenwood, as I already have a pasta maker, and I use a 'Magic Bullet' for all my small chopping, making suaces etc - I can thoroughly recommend it -and use it almost daily!!
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  • astep70uk
    astep70uk Posts: 338 Forumite
    Leonie, just spoken to electricshopping and they ARE out of stock!! But, her said they're expecting stock in 3-5 working days, so I'll probably just keep my order with them. I'm off work this week and was hoping to play with it!! Boo Hoo!! Just have to make more butter and lemon curd instead :)
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  • carol_a_3
    carol_a_3 Posts: 1,104 Forumite
    Do you think I could use my smoothie maker for making butter or is it back to a screw top jar for me??
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