When we first tried to make homemade goat milk butter, it was a little discouraging. We tried to make it with cream from our goat’s milk in a jar. First, we gathered the whole family together and used our new hand crank separator to separate the cream from the milk. This was a pretty messy task. And to top it off, the separator didn’t have any directions on how to use it. Needless to say, it took a while to get it to work. Next, we spent a lot of time taking turns shaking the jar. But the butter wasn’t really forming. Finally, after all the work we did, we didn’t get any butter. We’re not really sure what happened. Maybe the separator didn’t work properly. Perhaps, we didn’t shake it long or hard enough. As I said, I’m not sure, but I do know this – we were all disappointed.
After this, I had settled on the thought that making butter just wasn’t worth it. But, I’m not usually one to give up. Additionally, as I’m now trying to go organic, I changed my mind. I wanted to try it again.
Second Try at Making Goat Milk Butter…
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This time, I decided not to use the separator. I just scooped the cream from the top of the goat milk. And, instead of using a jar, I poured it in my Bosch mixer and turned it onto high speed with the cookie paddle. After about 5 minutes, I checked on it. It worked!! There was actually goat milk butter sticking to the paddles! I was so excited! It was very easy to make, and it turned out perfect!
There are many ways to make your own butter. You can use the cream from your own goat’s milk or cow’s milk, or you can make it with store bought cream. I use the cream from our goat’s milk. We store our milk in half gallon jars. I scoop the cream off the top of the jar before I pour it into a pitcher for daily use. I get about 2-3 Tablespoons from each jar. It’s then put it into a container and frozen until there’s about 1 cup. Then I defrost it and use it to make butter.
You can make your butter in a Bosch or KitchenAid mixer with cookie paddles, a Vitamix blender, or just shake it in a jar (maybe). I like using my Bosch mixer the most. It is very quick and easy to make it this way. And clean up is a breeze with the Bosch!
A Few Final Notes on Goat Milk Butter
Side note: The butter crock pictured to the left is an amazing tool for keep your butter fresher longer. And the mess stays inside the crock, not outside!
I am very excited to be able to make my own homemade butter. I can now have organic butter made with milk from our own goats. Instead of having to buy organic butter at high prices from the grocery store. It is also very handy to know how to make butter. Just in case you ever run out and can’t make it to a store.