Saturday, August 24, 2013

Best Biscuits That I Have Made.

I have tried many times to make biscuits from scratch many times.  They normally turn out to taste like hockey pucks.  Here is a YouTube video for the best biscuits that I have made. 




 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Home Made Butter



Today I wanted to try to make my own butter.  Next month I will be 48 years old and have never thought about how to make butter.  It has been way to easy to go to the store, pay a couple of bucks go home and put it in the refrigerator.  I know that butter is not a must have but it sure would be nice to have from time to time if the economy collapsed and you couldn't just go to the store.

I don't have a butter churn so this is how I made it.  

  • 1 quart of heavy whipping cream or heavy cream.
  • cheese cloth
  • mason jar with lid
  • salt
  • ice water
I filled the mason jar a little over 1/3 up.  Put the lid on and started shaking the jar.  The you tube that I saw doing this said to shake about 10 minutes so I timed it.  At ten minutes I had a jar full of whipped cream and it didn't seem to be shaking any but I kept going.  At 15 minutes it started to seperate into butter and  butter milk.  Yes, that is how they get butter milk.  The butter started going into a clump.  I poured the butter milk into a glass and shook some more.  Got a little more butter milk.  I had a pan of ice water that I put a colander in with cheese cloth in the colander.  Got somemore liquid out of the butter and put it in a dish where I added some salt.  Mixed it up good and rolled it in some plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator. It made about a stick and half.

I will let you know how it taste.  

Jack

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cabin in the Woods



OK,  Here is the plan.  With the stress of today's day to day living we need something to do to reset from time to time.  My plan is to build this cabin by hand the way Richard Proenneke did in the late 60's when he was 51 years old.  Here is a youtube video of his work.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss
This is the short video of what he did.  There is an hour long video out there somewhere.

I am about to turn 48 so it is time to get started.  Look for land, find old hand tools, learn how to use old hand tools and get in shape.

I will keep this blog updated as we go.

Jack