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Old 07-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #61
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One nice thing about stockpiling butter, as far as my experience tells me it freezes fine and lasts many months with little or no effect. Whenever I buy a pound I separate three of the sticks and throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in the freezer, and keep the fourth in my refrigerator. When I'm getting low I just take a stick out of the freezer a few days before I anticipate running out of unfrozen.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:10 AM   #62
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I have to eat a bunch of pomegranate popsicles to make room in my little freezer. And somehow some UFO's ended up in the fridge freezer...
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:14 AM   #63
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One nice thing about stockpiling butter, as far as my experience tells me it freezes fine and lasts many months with little or no effect. Whenever I buy a pound I separate three of the sticks and throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in the freezer, and keep the fourth in my refrigerator. When I'm getting low I just take a stick out of the freezer a few days before I anticipate running out of unfrozen.
I have become the butt of family jokes about butter. The whole family has a love affair going with Cabot butter. Because we are in such close proximity to Vermont, we get fresh shipments in every day. Every so often Vermont produces a plethora of butter and ships it to us the same day. So it goes on sale. If I could, I would fill my freezer with it. I use the house brand for baking, but Cabot's for personal use. When on sale, I have been known to buy six or more pounds at a time. Then I will send my son to other supermarkets the next week when it goes on sale at other stores. I would eat butter on a popsicle stick if it weren't so ridiculous. I just love butter. And if it is Cabot's, all the better. I would put it on bacon and salt pork. You get the picture. I LOVE BUTTER. And if it is Cabot's, all the better. It is the closest to farm fresh you can get in these here parts.

When I worked with my 4-H kids at the Fair, at 5 a.m. I would go out to the dairy barn for fresh cream right from the cows as they were being milked, butter from the creamery, and eggs right from the chickens still warm in the coops for my breakfast. Life doesn't get any better than that. Now I live in the city and have to wait for it all to come to me. Just doesn't taste the same.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:40 AM   #64
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Wow. I never heard of anybody who loved butter that much! I may have bought two pounds occasionally (sale) but usually content myself with a pound at a time.

If I had to hunker down for a month with no grocery shopping trips (and could plan ahead) the only thing I would miss would be fresh vegetables.
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When I go to BJ's I get it 4 pounds at a time, usually 4 pounds salted and 4 pounds unsalted...

I use it mostly for baking and some for cooking. I usually buy 8 pounds every other month.
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I buy butter when it is on sale--I like Land O'Lakes unsalted, probably because I grew up in MN. I currently have 8 lb of butter in the freezer, 1/2 lb in the fridge.
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When I worked with my 4-H kids at the Fair, at 5 a.m. I would go out to the dairy barn for fresh cream right from the cows as they were being milked, butter from the creamery, and eggs right from the chickens still warm in the coops for my breakfast. Life doesn't get any better than that. Now I live in the city and have to wait for it all to come to me. Just doesn't taste the same.
I'm on the "hunt" for a cull dairy cow that will allow me to hand milk it...although, with my poor hand thanks to Rocky, I'm not sure I could handle handmilking...I want to make cheese! If I could get a Zebu locally (these are "mini" cows), that would be very, very tempting. And, raw milk is the best fertilizer for the garden, so excess milk would not go to waste. So tempting...we keep talking about it...
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I'm on the "hunt" for a cull dairy cow that will allow me to hand milk it...although, with my poor hand thanks to Rocky, I'm not sure I could handle hand milking...I want to make cheese! If I could get a Zebu locally (these are "mini" cows), that would be very, very tempting. And, raw milk is the best fertilizer for the garden, so excess milk would not go to waste. So tempting...we keep talking about it...
Keep in mind, dairy animals are seven day/twice daily care animals. No vacations unless you have kind neighbors or can afford to hire someone to come in each day. Forget about getting sick. And you definitely don't want a heifer. Unless you can afford stud fees. They can run into the thousands of dollars.

One of my 4-H kids sold one vial of semen from her prize bull for $5,000. Her feed money for the coming year.
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I buy butter when it is on sale--I like Land O'Lakes unsalted, probably because I grew up in MN. I currently have 8 lb of butter in the freezer, 1/2 lb in the fridge.
Our closest LOL butter facility is located in NJ. Cabot's in Vermont is so much closer. So the butter is fresher.
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Keep in mind, dairy animals are seven day/twice daily care animals. No vacations unless you have kind neighbors or can afford to hire someone to come in each day. Forget about getting sick. And you definitely don't want a heifer. Unless you can afford stud fees. They can run into the thousands of dollars.

One of my 4-H kids sold one vial of semen from her prize bull for $5,000. Her feed money for the coming year.
The 2x/day milking requirement is the stumbling block. We have pasture at the farm, but no one lives at the farm. The chickens are enough of a commitment because we don't have a lock-down area attached to the coop. They are locked up at night, but allowed out during the day in the fenced backyard. Even with the fence, the little buggers still sometimes get on the other side of the fence and one has to go chicken hunting...
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