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post #21 of 208
Len: If you wanted to make organic butter from cream, where would you find the organic cream? I've never seen it in stores. FWIW, I've made butter from cream before (not organic), and really its just a matter of pouring the cream into a jar and violently shaking it till the butterfat comes together in globules. Then you strain out the butter, and using a flexible spatula, you "knead" the butter to separate the rest of the moisture out. At that point you can add salt and/or colouring.

I recall though that its a lot of work for not much butter. I think out of 1C. of whipping cream I got maybe a couple of tablespoons of butter?

As for Ladybug Organics, the first and only sign I got of them closing was that one e-mail. Very sudden and a little shocking.
post #22 of 208
Yes, I hope Nyjel is ok - we were also with Ladybug. I think that you are out of luck for the berries, Elena.
post #23 of 208
oddly enough I saw Nygel today and asked him what was up... he does have a plan in the works and says he'll be able to share more on Monday... sounds like he may be back up and running in a slightly different form in a month or so... so I am just going to get my stuff at Organic World in Maple Ridge until he's back up... I guess its not for sure but he sounded pretty positive... I'm in Organic World all the time so it's not a big deal for me but I told them they better stock more avalon milk for me BTW Organic World just opened their restuarant/cafe and its great! pretty reasonably priced too got to go still the chicken soup I'm making
post #24 of 208
I used to buy organic cream from Avalon, though it was not as easy to find as their milk. I would make butter from that. Price-wise it wasn't much difference, a bit cheaper to make your own. It's actually very easy and if you have a mixer you can do it in just a few minutes. You also end up with the bonus of real buttermilk. But you do have to be very careful to rinse all the milk out otherwise the butter goes rancid pretty quickly. You can also add salt which I've heard helps with preservation...
post #25 of 208
Just popping in to say Hi! Its been years i think...

I would highly recommend the talk with Kim Payne as well.
post #26 of 208
I've also seen organic cream from Valley Pride, but usually only 250ml size.
Hi Anna! and everyone... I'm still following along. Mostly settled in over in Duncan, kind of wishing we'd moved to Vancouver instead.
post #27 of 208
Thanks for all the tips on butter making. I bought 1 liter of cream from Avalon (conventional, they are also short on organic cream, of course!) to experiment.

Out of 1 liter 1 got about 1 2/3 cups butter (maybe less) and .400 ml buttermilk. I used my braun hand held mixer with the whipping attachment, and it took a while! Afterwards, I wrapped the butter on a cheese cloth and left in a colander to drain, pressing once in a while. I added a bit of turmeric (don't tell my kids!) to make it yellow and it didn't affect the flavour.

So no real money saving, unless the cost/gain of buttermilk is taken into consideration. I've never seen organic buttermilk for sale. It was a fun thing to do, though :-)
post #28 of 208
*wave*
bye mamas, heading back to england today (finally received my visa so i don't have to come + go so much)

will be back in the summer next year but do stay in touch! http://www.appleturnover.tv

we should plan a picnic/party/reunion in late summer!

x
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post #29 of 208
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Afterwards, I wrapped the butter on a cheese cloth and left in a colander to drain, pressing once in a while.
Calvin and I recently read "Little House in the Big Woods", and it describes the mom making butter. She would press her butter with a paddle and run it under cold water to get all the buttermilk out. I imagine it to be something like when they paddle sushi rice around to cool it.

Nice to hear the results of your experiment!

Oh, have any of you come across the Find a Stream website? I came across it in a Mercola.com web page, so I checked it out. There aren't many springs indicated for this part of the world, but there are a few, and so I discovered there's a little spring, called the Manzer St. Spring ('cause it's on Manzer St. in Mission), just up the road from Summit Learning Centre. Since I had to drop off Emily's school books from last year, Calvin and I went out to see it. It was a fun little thing to do.
post #30 of 208
Thanks for all the wonderful insights on making butter. I've always wanted to try and now I'm feeling motivated!
I second Organic World in MR....its excellent

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post #31 of 208
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I've also seen organic cream from Valley Pride, but usually only 250ml size.
Hi Anna! and everyone... I'm still following along. Mostly settled in over in Duncan, kind of wishing we'd moved to Vancouver instead.
I think we all wish you did too.
Miss you, and C&C.
post #32 of 208
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I think we all wish you did too.
Miss you, and C&C.
post #33 of 208
Anyone knows of a wool spinner who has a studio on Main? Same building as the bike shop is? She also teaches classes and knits/sells. I met her at a farmer's market in Whistler, hit it off for classes but lost her card.
Please help. I can use the lulling meditation of the wheel right now.
post #34 of 208
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When the kids come back, perhaps on Saturday, we could skype the girls together.
post #35 of 208
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Anyone knows of a wool spinner who has a studio on Main? Same building as the bike shop is? She also teaches classes and knits/sells. I met her at a farmer's market in Whistler, hit it off for classes but lost her card.
Please help. I can use the lulling meditation of the wheel right now.

Me too! Me too! We are going to try hand spinning at some point this fall, once visits and general start of school crazies calm down. I'd love a wheel once I clear out my craft space once again.
post #36 of 208
Anarkissed and Tricia, if you both are wishing to learn how to spin wool, and if you aren't able to contact the person on Main St., I'd be happy to teach you how to spin. I've been spinning for the past 15 years and have two spinning wheels that you could learn on. Pm me if you're interested.
post #37 of 208
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Anarkissed and Tricia, if you both are wishing to learn how to spin wool, and if you aren't able to contact the person on Main St., I'd be happy to teach you how to spin. I've been spinning for the past 15 years and have two spinning wheels that you could learn on. Pm me if you're interested.

(Drools all over the keyboard)
post #38 of 208
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Anyone knows of a wool spinner who has a studio on Main? Same building as the bike shop is? She also teaches classes and knits/sells. I met her at a farmer's market in Whistler, hit it off for classes but lost her card.
Well, Ellaine's offer is perhaps better but perhaps the person you're thinking of teaches at Birkeland Bros. Wool shop? I know they have spinning classes there. DD wanted to learn, but I pointed out that as we didn't knit, we had no use for the yarn. I did buy her a drop spindle kit at the PNE a couple of years ago, and she's mostly finished spinning the bit of wool that came with it. And now I do knit, but not wool! (itchy scritchy make my skin crawl!)
post #39 of 208
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Anyone knows of a wool spinner who has a studio on Main? Same building as the bike shop is? She also teaches classes and knits/sells. I met her at a farmer's market in Whistler, hit it off for classes but lost her card.
Please help. I can use the lulling meditation of the wheel right now.
Her name is Carmen. She does teach at Birkland Bros. But also out of her own studio. She is lovely! melonheadknitwear.com
post #40 of 208
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Her name is Carmen. She does teach at Birkland Bros. But also out of her own studio. She is lovely! melonheadknitwear.com
Ally, Yes! That's her. Thank you sooo much!
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