I made butter the other night.  I’ll have to make it again for pictures.  I read on Instructables how to make butter after seeing a presentation at the Keep Portland Weird Festival.  It was so easy, even with my Black & Decker food processor.  All I did was pour about 1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream into the blender and let it spin.  I thought I did it for about 10 or 15 minutes, my husband thinks it was only 8.  I checked it every few minutes for consistency to monitor progress.  I watched it go from soft cream, whipped cream, firm cream, and finally it separated and made butter.  We have a lot of the “Chinese Diapers” from when we tried to do cloth diapers that have now been relegated to face wipes for our son’s mealtimes.  As soon as the butter separated, I put one of those cloths over a large bowl in the sink, and then I dumped the contents of the food processor directly onto the cloth.  I pulled the ends up, and I squeezed.  What was left was a perfectly moldable, soft, very pliable, cylinder of butter!  Because it didn’t yield a lot, I used it for my garlic mashed potatoes.  I had even thrown in about 3/4 of a bulb of roasted garlic knowing at minimum I would use it for dinner.

Overall, the process was easy and fabulous.  However, for us, it is not cost effective.  It is nice knowing that I can make butter, though.

Thanksgiving – The Final Verdict

The Spread with all the Trimmings
The Spread with all the Trimmings

We had a very quiet Thanksgiving, which is what we wanted. Our food budget for November was $320, we actually spent $316.22, including Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey has been boiled, stock created, and the first batch of soup eaten with the rest frozen and all other leftovers consumed.

Roast turkey, brined in seasoned salt water, rosemary, oregano, and thyme
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes with butter and oregano
Dressing with homemade bread cubes, apples, and raisins
Green bean casserole
Cranberries cooked in orange juice and cane sugar

Apple Pie
Apple Pie

For dessert
Homemade apple pie
Homemade pumpkin pie with fresh (frozen) pureed sugar pumpkin from Sauvie Island Farms
Homemade whipped cream