Liv Smith

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I’d like to submit my butter and buttermilk process. The outcome consist of two dairy products, but there is only one operation.

No worries if it doesn’t qualify for a BB. Maybe it will help someone someday...

Ingredients used: raw cream from cow milk.

Recipe: collected the cream from several jars, and let is sit together in one jar to “ripen”. This results in cultured butter and buttermilk.

Butter can also be churned from sweet cream, and it will result in sweet butter and whey ( which could  be further cultured to obtain buttermilk).

Ripened cream, ( need to make sure temp is as close to 60 degrees as possible. Too cold or too warm it will not turn), is then churned till it separates.

Buttermilk is collected in a jar and butter is washed in cold water to remove whey.

After washing I use my hand to squeeze the whey/water out, and form it into its final shape. Mine are these unpretty balls.

At this point butter can also be salted.

Then some people put them in beautiful molds.

Here are the pictures:(apologies for the ones out of focus)



























Rob, where did you get that cauldron from? It looks amazing. I so want one!
4 days ago
I don’t live in a very remote area, just off the beaten path.

On feed, it depends on what it is:

Miscellaneous grains for all critters and treats for cows at milking: two months or so

Broilers feed: all of it for one batch, usually three months (I raise Freedom Rangers)

Hay: pretty much a whole year supply

As for storage of grains, whether is bought or grown here, I have a shipping container I use. Best ever idea. Water proof, rodent proof, critter proof.  It’s almost too tight, lack of ventilation can be an issue, but definitely not a deal breaker.
5 days ago
A few years ago when my first grey hairs started to show up, at least the ends of them looked very white. Sometimes they would get into my face, and I thought I had some goose down on my face. My geese are all white.

It took a couple of times for me to realize it was my own hair, and no matter how much I tried to brush it off, it would just not go away.

It does seem that all my greys appeared over night, and I know this is not true. I just don’t look in the mirror very often.

That being said, they don’t seem to be of a different texture/thickness than the others.

I wear them as they are. I like to think grey hairs means I am a lot wiser. [insert broad smile here].
3 weeks ago
This is a dish we call “Spanish rice casserole”.

Easy and really good for end of summer quick dinner fixing.

It has rice, ground beef, green pepper, onion, corn, tomatoes/tomato sauce, cheddar cheese, and spices as ground cumin and a dash of chili powder.

In this case, all ingredients but the spices, the rice and cheddar are home grown by yours truly☺️.

Yummy as can be, and, can you tell I’m a foodie that likes to grow/raise her own food?
1 month ago
Taters, oh yummy taters.

This would be enough for the two of us and to gift some away.
1 month ago
Oh, I always dreamed of making my own gates. Some pretty, some just useful.

Unfortunately, the welder I have is really small, and most likely I won’t be able to do anything sturdy with it. I’ve been making small repairs here and there...

Post pictures of your work, some if us would appreciate it and get inspired☺️.
1 month ago