B is for butter
B is for BUTTER
I had an idyllic childhood on a farm, looking back it was as perfect a childhood as one could have - I just didn't know it at the time. Farm life brought farm food and this included having some milking cows that supplied the family with milk, cream and butter. I didn't take much notice of how the butter was made, it was just something that was made very regular and I enjoyed eating it.
Now that I am an adult, I wish I had paid more attention. But isn't that always the case . . . as a child you take things for granted and as an adult you wish you had listened. In recent years I have started to grow my own vegetables, plant fruit trees and make my own preserves and jams . . . I am not expert, but my dad is, so I have been draining my dad's brain of all his knowledge (!) so I can learn everything he knows so I too can become an expert like him! Why has it taken me 40 years to start learning what I should have learnt when I was 10!!
But getting back to the butter . . . there is nothing better than proper homemade butter using fresh cows milk. I loved that butter, it was so GOOD (probably not according to the Heart Foundation!). And no, I can't tell you how it was made . . . I only know that it was made using those wooden paddles in the photo above!! And the cream, well, what can I say. The cream was so thick you could turn the jar upside down and it did not budge. We had so much cream that we shared it with my aunts and uncles who lived in the city, they very much appreciated the farm produce.
We had a separator that looked something like the photo below (expect it was powered and not manual). I can remember holding my breakfast bowl under the pipe where the milk came out and covering my weetbix with warm freshly produced milk. This was raw milk that had never seen a factory or pasteurizing machine. Wow, it was good. Just memories now, but lovely warm memories that I am glad I once enjoyed for real.
|We had a milk separator that looked something like this, except it was powered and not manual.|