Finlandia Butter

I love toast – crunchy, warm and the best part? The butter. We’re always on the hunt for a good butter so I was psyched when Finlandia Imported Butter reached out to give theirs a try. You can find it locally in MA at Shaw’s in either unsalted or salted stick form. For baking we use unsalted but for things like toast? Salted all the way. Finlandia makes a delicious European butter made from milk from cows that live on small Finnish family farms and are never given any hormones.

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And it’s so good. If you take the butter out of the fridge about a half an hour before using it, it warms up perfectly so it’s spreadable (and not hard as a rock!) on your toast or bread. I love that the only ingredients are pasteurized cream, salt, and milk. And the taste is super creamy with a slight salty taste. This butter tastes so delish I had to take a bite of my toast before I took a photo, ha. Let me know if you try Finlandia Imported Butter – enjoy!


 

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Couple Things…

Here’s a photo recap of our week:

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Cinco de Mayo continued with jazzed up leftovers (this is black beans cooked with cilantro topped with crumbled queso fresco).

Z has been using this little Mexican towel for snack time picnics ever since I got it out for Cinco de Mayo.

Here is that towel again while we were snack picnicking in the living room (yes, Z is trying to eat her pear with her toes).

We also shopped at Trader Joe’s for fancy cheese.

Our Z is obsessed with this giant yellow tulip in our front yard, she *smells* it every time we get home from somewhere before we go inside.

It was warm enough for shorts early in the week!

Hope you have a great weekend and Mother’s Day! Here are some fun links:

Met Ball recap…and gallery of dresses.  I loved SJP’s interpretation of the punk theme, who doesn’t love a fax-hawk at a formal event?

And the cartoon version!

Here’s an interesting article if you ever wanted to know why some people remember dreams and some don’t (I always seem to remember snip-its of dreams)…

Once you make your own butter, you can shred it for easy spreading!

Sometimes I appreciate a good Game of Thrones episode recap, so much happens in 1 episode!

And here is the most wonderful indulgent gift you can give to a new mother…

Homemade Butter

Do you know just how easy it is to make your own butter?  EASY!  You don’t even need one of those old fashioned butter churners or live on a farm. I got my husband this butter kit for Christmas, thinking it would be involved and it is actually really simple. We have been making our own butter for a few months now.

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All you need is heavy cream, a jar with a lid, and salt if you want salted butter.

 

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Poor the cream into the jar and screw the lid on verrrrry tightly. *Important – make sure your cream is room temperature! It’s very hard to make cold cream into butter.

 

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Then shake. And shake. And shake some more! You want to shake until the milk fat has come together, you will hear the cream sound less liquid-y and come together as a solid. This process of shaking will take between 10 and 20 minutes.

 

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Once you hear the solid, open your jar and pour off the liquid. The liquid is buttermilk so save it and make biscuits or pancakes with it.

 

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Put the milk solid into a bowl and pour very cold water over it and massage the butter to help get the rest of the buttermilk out.

 

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Once you feel as much of the buttermilk is squeezed out as you can get, put it into a tupperware container (or something similar) and add 1/2 tsp of salt and fold it in. *Note, at this point you could also fold in other herbs or seasonings to make a flavored butter. Cinnamon sugar, herbs de Provence…

 

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Chill the butter overnight and serve on toast, corn on the cob, whatever you like to put butter on.  Enjoy your fresh butter!