OH MY WORD!
I KNEW there was a reason I've been wanting an electric churn for the past couple years! I've been dreaming of one, but just never found one that I could afford...but this year the butter has been kicking my butt, so I finally said the heck with it...I'm GOING to get an electric churn, even if I have to get one of those expensive NEW ones!
Ever since we started getting more cream this spring, I've not been able to take the cream out to warm up a bit, like I used to do in Nebraska, because if I did it would whip the butter and that's not really how I want my butter most of the time. When it whip's it, it's also harder to get it cleaned, so it doesn't spoil to fast.
Since I couldn't warm it up to closer to room temp, I had to churn longer, to get butter. Unless I'm in a major rush, I really don't mind churning for a half hour or 45 minutes, but lately it's been closer to two hours, and believe me that gets on my nerves, not to mention the fact that it's hard to get anything done, if I'm working on butter for a couple hours several afternoon's a week. By the time the butter was done I was in no mood to start baking...or starting something that would take a while to finish...so I knew something HAD to change!
Monday I finally had enough...I got the butter done, and went to look on my computer cause I was going to find me an electric churn...even if it meant getting the one I'd found a few weeks before that was new for $200.00. I decided to look on craigslist first, even though I've looked before and not come up with anything, and low and behold, there it was...the perfect churn for me!
I was wanting a gallon size one, as the bigger one would be to big in the winter when the cream slows down...and that's what I found. DH called the number, talked to the lady, told her it would take us 2-3 hours to get there cause it was a ways away, she said she would make sure it was still there when we got there, so we got in the car and went and got it!
It looks to be in really good shape, nice and clean looking. It's so quiet when it's running even, I had no idea what to expect there, as I've never heard one before. I used it for the first time yesterday afternoon (would have been morning, except I had a dentist appointment, so wasn't home...and believe me it was hard to wait! LOL). I was shocked at how fast it churned the half gallon of cream into butter! It was done within a half hour...straight out of the fridge, cold cream, no warm time. A half hour...and it had been taking me almost two hours with the hand crank churn. *sigh*
Yep, I'm SOOOO in LOVE!
I did a happy dance...first when I got the churn, and then when I saw how fast it did the cream! I LOVE this electric churn, can't believe it took me so LONG to get one!! I would really like to find another jar, just so I have an extra one (The opening isn't the same size as my other gallon jars)...but hopefully I won't need one, if I'm not able to find one. I really think this is going to save a lot of time and effort, and it's going to be so worth having spent the money on it, and the gas to go get it! I loved my hand crank churn...and still do, but I'll enjoy putting it in the back of my cupboard too, and just keeping it for in case I ever need it!
I'm going to be so spoiled now I can churn butter the easy way I think! Spoiled is good though...it's not like I didn't spend the last 4 years making butter with the hand crank churn...so maybe I've earned the electric one by now. ;-))