17 January 2018

How to Make Butter and Buttercream with a Stand Mixer

Although we are just over two weeks into January, we haven't really started back into our routines.  My kids haven't had much school work, and the bad weather means that Caleb's therapy has been cancelled several times.  David just started college yesterday, so we had a two week break after Christmas.

That means that we've had two glorious weeks where we didn't have much to do.  We played board games, watched an entire season of The Big Bang Theory, and I got through my almost full DVR.

I also had time to tackle my "want to do" list.  These are things that don't need to be done; I just want to do them or try them.  One of the things that I wanted to do was make homemade butter and buttermilk.


As I've talked about before, we are homesteading on a 12 acre farm.  We have livestock, an orchard, and grow a big garden.  We can and preserve our own food.  I want to be self-sufficient or at least know how to be self-sufficient.

So I wanted to learn how to make butter.  I've made it before with the kids using a mason jar.  This takes forever to do and makes such a small amount.  I have a 6-quart Kitchenaid, so I decided to use that.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTER AND BUTTERMILK


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As with most recipes, the better the quality of your ingredients, the better the quality of your final product.  I used whipping cream for a local farm that's been organic since the 1970s, well before organic was a thing.  As far as anyone in the county is concerned, they have the best milk.


INGREDIENTS


  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 quarts ice water
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Let the cream sit on the counter for half an hour before you start to make butter.  This helps the separation process happen quicker.

STEP #2 


Pour the cream into a Kitchenaid mixer and use the whisk attachment.  If you have a splash guard, use it and have a towel handy.  


STEP #3


Start at speed 1 and gradually move to speed 10.  It will splash, so drape a towel over the mixer to stop it from maxing a mess.


STEP #4


Let it whisk on speed 10 until the buttermilk starts to separate.  This can take anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes.  It took 10 minutes for me.  It should look like the photo below.


STEP #5


Drain the buttermilk and set aside.  I poured mine right through a funnel and into a mason jar.  You can use cheesecloth, but I did not.  I was going to use it in pancakes, and my recipe calls for melted butter.  What little bit of butter got into the jar wasn't going to make a difference for me.  


STEP #6


Add two cups of cold water to the mixer and mix on medium speed for a minute.  Drain off the liquid and discard.  


STEP #7


Rinse and discard the water three to five more times until the water runs clear.  


The first time I made butter, I rinsed five times.  Since then, I've started using my hands to squeeze excess water out and only rinsed two or three times.  

You should now have about two cups of buttermilk and two cups, or four sticks, of butter.  You can press it in a butter mold, but I just put it in a plastic container.



No matter how hard as you squeeze, you won't get all of the water out of the butter.  This water can make the butter go bad, so don't store it on the counter.  Store the butter in the fridge up to two week or freeze it.  For best results, use an airtight container to store the butter so it doesn't take on the flavors of your fridge or freezer.

You can also add herbs and spices or even honey or sugar to make flavored butter.  Again, store it in the fridge.

The buttermilk can be used to make pancakes, biscuits, or even fried chicken.  I used it to make buttermilk pancakes with homemade butter and real maple syrup.  

If you won't be using the buttermilk within a few days, you can freeze it.  I like to freeze it in an ice cube tray then transfer the cubes to an air tight container.  If it separates when you thaw it, just mix it together before using it.  


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Homemade Butter and Buttermilk
Easily make butter and buttermilk in your stand mixer.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 quarts ice water
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
1. Let the cream sit on the counter for half an hour before you start to make butter. This helps the separation process happen quicker.2. Pour the cream into a Kitchenaid mixer and use the whisk attachment. If you have a splash guard, use it and have a towel handy. 3. Start at speed 1 and gradually move to speed 10. It will splash, so drape a towel over the mixer to stop it from maxing a mess.4. Let it whisk on speed 10 until the buttermilk starts to separate. This can take anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes. It took 10 minutes for me. It should look like the photo below.5. Drain the buttermilk and set aside. 6, Add two cups of cold water to the mixer and mix on medium speed for a minute. Drain off the liquid and discard. 7. Rinse and discard the water three to five more times until the water runs clear.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 cups butter and 2 cups buttermilk

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15 January 2018

Chamomile Hard Lotion Bar Recipe Using the Instant Pot

My dad and stepmom got me an Instant Pot for Christmas, so I've been experimenting with that.  So far, I've made an amazing roast with mushroom gravy, buttery ranch pork chops, and a few more things.  I was in a serious rut with dinner ideas, so I'm really excited to have a new with which to play.

Even though I've only used my Instant Pot a few times, I've been pinning recipes like crazy.  I'm amazed at what all it can do!  When I started reading about the different modes it has, I had an idea.  

Why can't I use an Instant Pot to make a hard lotion?



12 January 2018

Roll On Lip Gloss Recipe with Essential Oils

I love making lip balm because it's a fairly easy DIY recipe with ingredients that I always have on hand.  It does require that you melt beeswax, and sometimes I want something quicker.  I am still adjusting to our new routine this semester, so I didn't have a lot of time this week to get out all of my supplies.

I have some roller bottles, so I decided to make a lip balm with carrier oils in that.  I'm glad I did because it worked really well, and it literally just takes a few minutes.


You can customize this recipe to fit your needs and the oils you have on hand.  I used four oils because each one has properties that I wanted.  You could use any carrier oil for the base and add essential oils as desired.  

10 January 2018

Sinus Relief Solid Essential Oil Stick Recipe

We went straight from fall allergies to sinus infections to colds.  It's been a rough winter several months at my house.  I'm particularly sensitive to cold and sinus medications, so I've been using essential oils for relief with a lot of success. 

When a few of us have sinus problems, I diffuse oils so we can all benefit from them.  If it's just one of us with sinus problems, I normally use a solid carrier oil stick  and apply oils that way.


I taught my oldest how to use the stick and use the oils, but he doesn't like getting oils on his hands.  I can't blame him for that!  He wondered why I couldn't just make a sinus relief solid essential oil stick to use.

That sounded like a great idea to me, so I made him one.  Now he can apply his favorite sinus relief oil without making a mess.

SINUS RELIEF SOLID ESSENTIAL OIL STICK RECIPE


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This recipe is easy to adapt.  You use equal parts beeswax pastilles and carrier oil, so you can make as much or as little as you need.  I gave the measurements to make about 2 ounces.


If you want to make two or more tins, you can easily make them with different oils.  Just melt the beeswax and the carrier oil, let cool, and pour into tins.  Then add your oils and stir right in the tin.  That doesn't work as well for the push up tubes, but I guess you could stir with a toothpick or a skewer.

I like the push up tube because we can use it without making a mess or getting our hands oily.  

You can use any carrier oil that you'd like.  I used fractionated coconut oil because it's a light oil and fairly inexpensive.  I didn't need any skin benefit from the oil, so it didn't matter which one I used.  You could use sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or even olive oil.




This is my favorite blend for sinus relief, allergies, and coughs.  You can also make this with the following essential oils for sinus relief:
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Pine
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense 
Learn more about the best essential oils for coughs and colds, including a few recipes of blends.  



This recipe isn't just limited to a sinus relief solid essential oil stick; you can add any of your favorite essential oils to customize your recipe.  

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Melt the beeswax and carrier oil in a double boiler or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave.  If you microwave, use 30 second intervals and stir between each interval.  

The beeswax will seem like it's never going to melt, but it will melt all at once after a few minutes.

STEP #2


Once the beeswax is melted, let sit for a few minutes to cool down.  If you add the essential oils when it's hot, they will burn off.  Stir well.

STEP #3


Carefully pour into your tin or push up tube.  You can even use a lip balm tube.  Let cool for several hours before using.

STEP #4


To use, apply to your chest, the outer edge of your nostril, or beside the bridge of your nose.  You can also apply to the bottom of your feet.  Be careful not to get oils in your eyes.  


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Sinus Relief Solid Essential Oil Stick Recipe
Make this solid essential oil stick to apply oils quickly and cleanly.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil
  • 20-20 drops essential oil
Instructions
STEP #1 Melt the beeswax and carrier oil in a double boiler or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. If you microwave, use 30 second intervals and stir between each interval. The beeswax will seem like it's never going to melt, but it will melt all at once after a few minutes. STEP #2 Once the beeswax is melted, let sit for a few minutes to cool down. If you add the essential oils when it's hot, they will burn off. Stir well. STEP #3 Carefully pour into your tin or push up tube. You can even use a lip balm tube. Let cool for several hours before using.STEP #4 To use, apply to your chest, the outer edge of your nostril, or beside the bridge of your nose. You can also apply to the bottom of your feet. Be careful not to get oils in your eyes.
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