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homesteading Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
homesteading Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Butter, oh butter

Making butter is quite easy but for some reason I’ve always viewed it as wasteful and unpractical. I guess I just assumed making butter requires you to use raw milk in it’s entirety (and raw milk is quite the commodity!). Plus, only a small portion of butter results from the whole gallon of milk and I was under the impression the liquid left over once the butter separates is a waste product.

I’ve never felt inclined to make butter myself. Yet I LOVE me some raw butter and as of late it’s been pretty hard to come by… and it so good for you.

The most healthful raw butter is a springtime commodity in the milking world.

Cows fed on rapidly growing spring grass produce milk that contains high levels of beta carotene and five times the amount of CLA, an essential fatty acid that has a strong anti-cancer properties. 

Then Helga Crowed…

It was a nice sleepy morning, the outdoor temperature was cool enough to leave the windows open and the AC off. The days have been getting shorter and the mornings sleepier plus the baby sort of slept through the night snuggled in our bed with us. As the sun began to rise the sound "cawwwwwr" made it's way in the bedroom window, it was jarring. I laid there bkinking the sleep from my eyes and instincually checking to see if the noise had roused the sleeping baby. I hear Nathan quitly making his way out the door to investigate the sound, I hear the deck gate open and close. By the second "acawwwwwr" it hit me. This sound that is similar to a small animal dying is our chickens. At first I was wondering if a...

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