Another GOLD this morning: I made BUTTER! Okay, it wasn't too hard, and you can do it just this morning for your toast if you wanted to. I put a pint of heavy whipping cream in the stand mixer and set it on low (if you set it on high, then when the buttermilk and the fat separate - which happens SUDDENLY - you'll get buttermilk splashed everywhere). It took about 15 - 20 minutes (it could take less time, it could take more time according to other directions I've read). And suddenly there was a hunk of pale yellow butter sitting in a pool of cloudy looking water - this is buttermilk. I saved it to make some buttermilk bread this week. A pint of cream made a big "handful" of butter, so that gives you a sort of measurement.
Then what you have to do is just to squeeze the butter and rinse it until the water comes out clear. If you leave any of the buttermilk behind, it will cause your butter to go rancid quick. I will use cheesecloth for this next time, as that would be easier to squeeze the butter with.
Then I added small dashes of salt and mixed it until I liked the flavor, and VIOLA! Butter!!!!! I'm on the lookout for an antique butter mold now - This is a simple joy that I could do every single day if I wanted to :)