First, let me say that butter is super simple to make. Ridiculously simple and foolproof. Everyone has seen pictures of great grandma slaving away at the butter churn, sweating buckets. From that we’ve all picked up the idea that butter is hard. Making butter manually is a bit tiring, though not exhausting. But making butter using a mixer, blender or food processor is easy peasy and not the least bit tiring. If Granny was making all her own butter without the help of modern tools we can make all our own butter too if we choose. At minimum all you need is a supply of cream. If you don’t have any of these tools you can still make butter with just a jar and some vigorous shaking.
When you were a kid, did you ever wonder what Miss Muffet was eating?
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
I know I did … sure didn’t sound like anything I had ever heard of. So I did a little investigation like a good little Nancy Drew. My brothers didn’t know, my friends didn’t know, but my mother she knew what it was! She said it was soured milk that had separated. Eeeewwww! Was Miss Muffet crazy! Then I promptly forgot about the whole thing and went back to play with my cats. Until recently, that is. Since that fateful day I’ve learned how very useful and healthy Little Miss Muffet’s curds and whey are. And by the way the curds are delish!
Note that they powdered whey found in bulk bins and in huge plastic jars for bodybuilders is not the whey we are talking about using here! That kind of whey is a heavily processed product, exactly what we want to avoid.