Cannin’ Butter and Bein’ Ladies

The other day, a dear friend of mine, Anne, and I decided to can some of her Amish butter.

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Anne orders from a local food co-op monthly, and it seems that she’s regularly getting Amish butter. (I don’t blame her none. I mean, that stuff is semi-solid gold.) She normally sticks them in the freezer to preserve them (since the order comes in bulk), but we wanted to try out another method of preservation.

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Browsing through Pinterest, I saw a method of preserving butter through canning. I eagerly shared it with Anne, thinking this would be a great project for her (she’s somewhat of a prepper). Onto her Facebook page it went!

She replied, “I will invite you over to help when I get ready to try this!”

And that’s exactly what happened.

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We used two blocks of Amish butter (I think). We only ended up with one jar of butter. What was funny is we originally thought “Oh no, we may need more jars!” I had only brought two jars, and Anne only had one. It was a humbling experience (you’d think it’d be more!), and a reminder for me to practice my judgements on sizes and weights. I’ve never been good at that stuff.

Anne let me try out her first batch of strawberry jam! Super good!

Anne let me try out her first batch of strawberry jam! Super good!

I am so glad to be given the opportunity to get together with dear friends once in a while and to do some old time activities. Canning, sewing, cleaning, cooking, etc. Some might view these things to be mundane, but I view them as fun (but productive).

Skimming the foam off.

Skimming the foam off.

I can tell you that the smell was heavenly. The butter was salted. Two of my favorite things simmering in a pot right before my eyes..!

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Anne kept the left over melted butter and the foam. I took the jar home with me. Canned butter can keep to up to three years, supposedly. It was a very simple process. It’d clear some room up in your freezer. And who doesn’t love home-canned goods sitting in the pantry?

If I ever land a good deal on butter, or find myself overwhelmed with it (seems impossible right now, but it may happen) I do plan on giving this another go! No water-bathing, pessure canning, no additional ingredients… And it didn’t take very long at all.

And the important part: It tasted GOOD!

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Anne and I recently opened an online shop “Back to Basics Mercantile“. Anne’s dream is to have her own General Store. She figures that an online shop is the next best thing! I’m willing to participate; selling some of my books, and trying my hand at becoming more productive with the things I specialize in. It gives us an outlet.

We hope to feature a few other items from other friends and loved ones in the future, so keep an eye out for that!

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