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newtoitall

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • Herefordshire
Butter - what am I doing wrong!?
« on: March 26, 2017, 07:25:03 pm »
Recently I bought a cream separator, one of the Ukrainian ones for when we have an excess of goat's milk. As we don't have an excess at the moment I bought some organic whole cow's milk to practice. After 3 attempts I have got the hang of separating the cream but when I tried making butter it has tiny  blobs of what I assume is butter but it never splits properly and I just have fatty milk. I was using my electric mixer with the fine metal blade and that goes round the spindle as well as the actual beater bit turning. I tried when the cream was still warm and thought that might be the problem so then I put it in the fridge for a couple of hours but it's still not working. It has been going for a total of 2 hours. Should I give up and give it to the dog - what have I done wrong?
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Butter - what am I doing wrong!?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 08:09:33 pm »
If you bought homogenised milk I don't think I'd expect to get butter from it.
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newtoitall

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • Herefordshire
Re: Butter - what am I doing wrong!?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 03:26:23 pm »
Thanks, I did wonder. Is it different using homogenised milk to goat's milk which, as I understand, is naturally homogenised?

farmers wife

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • SE Wales
Re: Butter - what am I doing wrong!?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 08:25:45 pm »
impressed you got the cream sep to work out 2 times we ended up with milk pouring out and the handle is stiff to turn.  Puts me off trying again as milk pouring all over the table, floor etc. 


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newtoitall

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • Herefordshire
Re: Butter - what am I doing wrong!?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 03:55:34 pm »
Hi Farmers wife,

The reason it took me 3 goes was the first two were a disaster. I bought an electric separator so don't have handle to turn but I also had milk going everywhere. The 1st time I had left out the little black band that goes under the main turning bit (technical aren't I?), the second time I hadn't screwed everything together properly. Still it made me clean the kitchen.

 

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