My last 3 pounds of butter turn out soft and a little sticky, any idea why? Am I mixing too much or the cream too thin? My cows are a couple months into lactation would that make a difference? Feed is all the same, loose minerals, nice pasture, alfalfa at least twice a day.
In the warm months it's necessary to start with colder cream as it gets too warm otherwise. Aim for 52-55 degree cream when your kitchen is warm. And work it quickly with cold water. How the cream is handled - pasteurization, cooling speed, etc, have a big influence on texture as different rates of heating and cooling allow for the butterfat to crystalize in different ways. Chilling too quickly can make for soft butter. But it's a little more complex than that. More here: www.uoguelph.ca/foodscience/book/export/html/1687
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I don't pasteurize, and I use cream straight from the fridge. I do filter into 2 gallon jars and into the fridge, I don't think it cools very fast but all that is the same as usual. I just wondered if it was something I was doing or the cow. It is good butter anyway. I may try turning some into ghee just to try it.
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