.......and a miserable failure with cheese, wherein I dumped an entire gallon of "contaminated" milk down the drain. The butter is....well, it's definitely butter! It just doesn't produce as much as I thought it might. 1 cup of pure cream gives you mostly buttermilk.....and about 2 tablespoons of butter. Maybe a tiny bit more.
In general, I'm dissatsified with the whole "raw" thing. I know it's supposed to be healthy and all, but it just spoils so stinkin' fast! Plus, there are so many by-products that I'm not sure what to do with. Whey and buttermilk....who ever uses those? What do I do with them? Plus, a gallon of whole milk gives off about 1.5 pints of cream. That's a LOT of cream! I just don't have the space to store all these weird by-products, and can't use up cream, whole milk, and easily-spoiled milk products so quickly! I think I have developed a healthy respect for the pasteuriation process......or at least, for the specialized, professional dairy farmer. It's no wonder people specialize. I can imagine doing cheese and such if that was the ONLY thing I had to do, but with dinners to cook, the house to clean up, and a 2-year old (and a very unpredictable husband's schedule), I just can't juggle things on timers, innoculated liquids growing cultures, and curing cheeses.
I got very panicked in the last 2 days, feeling every hour pass by, my $6 a gallon milk spoiling more every minute.......I am not sure that this is for me. :( Now, if I could have it delivered to my door-step every morning, I might think again.
The taste, in addition, is quite different in the yogurt, not to mention the cream! Whole raw milk, when drunk cold, is tolerable, and even can be nice when you put chocolate syrup in it. But once you start warming it, or introducing culture to it, it becomes very strong.
So, 2 gallons down, and a mere 2 tablespoons of butter plus several glasses of chocolate milk to show for it (the only way Ben & I really like to drink it). Pretty sad.
Anyhow.....I'll post more as I experiment more with it. I just need to relax and be ok with making mistakes with it. It's a learning process, I'm sure. :)