Family Farm Day + How to make fresh butter!

On Saturday, Kurt and I volunteered at the Food Literacy Project's Family Farm Day. The event took place at Oxmoor Farm, an agricultural oasis wedged between shopping malls, two interstates and a country club. The Food Literacy Project is Louisville's non-profit education agency partnering with the farm to teach the community about the processes and products of organic and local agriculture. At the event, families were encouraged to help make garlic (!) ice cream, bake bread and cook foods using farm-fresh vegetables. There were crafts, face painting, seed planting and farm tours. It was pretty neat.

The two of us were assigned to the bread and butter station, where we hosted short bread baking/butter making workshops to small gaggles of chattering children. We helped the kids make tiny fist-sized loaves of bread from scratch, and we baked them in the FLP's solar oven. Kurt taught them how to make butter by shaking the daylights out of mason jars filled with cream. All the while, we explained the glorious wonders of yeast, gluten, and carbon dioxide. Science.

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The kids seemed pretty stoked. I heard them say the funniest things.

While one little girl spread butter on her bread, she exclaimed, "This is too much fun!"

As I explained the purpose of yeast in baking, an inquisitive little boy mistook the word "yeast" for "beast". "My brother calls me a beast." ::furrows brow:: "Why does he say that? Am I a beast?"

A six-year-old whizzed by me screaming, "We're eating plants!!!!"

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I may have eaten a whole mess of fresh butter, plain and out of the jar, shamelessly with reckless abandon. I may have. You see, it's just that good. It's who-cares-how-bad-for-you good.

Easy home made butter.

How to make butter.

If you have not made your own butter, I think you should try. All you need is 5 minutes, a quart of heavy cream, salt and a medium-sized jar with a tight fitting lid. The simplicity to deliciousness ratio will blow your mind.

Here's what you do.

Fill jar 1/2-3/4 of the way with fresh cream. Add a pinch of salt, if you like. Screw the lid on tight and vigorously shake. Shake it, shake it, shake it. In a few minutes, you'll have whipped cream. In a few more minutes you'll have butter. Drain out any remaining liquid (buttermilk). Ta-daaaa! There you have it.

shaking jars of cream = butter
Shaking, shaking, shaking.

adding fresh dill to our home made butter
Sometimes we like to wear fancy pants, in which cases, we'll mix in fresh herbs from our garden. Dill butter.

1 comment:

  1. i am trying this tomorrow. mark my words i will have fresh butter for saturday night.

    yay! thanks for the tip.


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