Decided to try a bit of canning today!
I've been putting off doing this for a long time, but decided today would be a good time to can some butter. I love butter...could eat it on just about anything and everything. I do just that when given the chance. One thing I hate though, is to run out of butter when I need it for something important. You know, something like fresh homemade bread! Or maybe some fresh baked cake, hot out of the oven. Better yet, butter to spread on a pan of oven fresh gingerbread!
Cornbread isn't the same to me without some butter on it. Nor mashed potatoes, steaming hot veggies like corn or green beans or sweet potatoes or...well, you get the idea.
I had researched the canned butter available on the market today. Even bought some and tried it to make sure I liked it before investing in a case. It's not bad and it stays fresh enough, but it is really overpriced for the amount it is ( most cans are 12 ounces) and I didn't see the point in spending $4.95 a can for something I could make myself.
Going to the closest food store, I bought two pounds of butter at $1.99 each, higher than usual, but so is everything else lately. Keep in mind, this was just a trial run cause I like to test everything. After getting back home, I dug up the recipe and while carefully following the simple directions (yes, some of us men DO read and follow directions!) I proceeded to can both pounds of butter. Each pound does a little more than a pint canning jar, so now I have three pint jars of beautiful, golden butter with a shelf life of three to five years at a cost far below the canned butter.
If I watch the sales, I can get the butter on sale and save even more. The brand doesn't matter, as any brand will do. I love it when things go right for a change!
Life in the boonies is looking better and better with fresh baked bread, honey and butter, or cake in a jar and butter, making the perfect breakfast companion to go along with some fresh coffee!
Want to help me practise, my friend?