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Bar Keepers Friend is My BEST Friend!

This is the post where I show everyone my dirty dishes!

Isn’t he handsome? All that warm gold and vaguely colonial-era sign logo situation?!

Let me start off by saying that this isn’t a sponsored post! I just happened to buy a canister of Bar Keepers Friend recently and have been obsessed with using it to clean EVERYTHING.

I think I have some blurry memories of my mom having a canister of Bar Keepers Friend under the sink at her house when I was a boy, but I don’t ever remember actually using it? Maybe I thought it was for adults because it had the word BAR in the title? I have no idea!? Anyhoo, I purchased a canister of Bar Keepers Friend on Amazon a couple of months ago. I was going to buy scouring powder to try to tackle some neglected bake ware. I always remembered using Comet or Ajax for the rare times I needed scouring powder.  When I saw Bar Keepers Friend and that they specifically had cookware on the packaging… and the NAME implys that professional bar keepers use the product… AND the packaging looks throw-backy… I decided to give it a shot! I’m so glad I did!

Here are some of my embarrassingly poorly maintained dishes!

This scouring powder cleans like the dickens!! Okay… so I don’t always take care of my cookware the way I should. You know what I’m talking about I’m sure.  You use a pot, pan, or casserole… it gets some baked-on staining… you don’t take the time and elbow grease to clean it properly and eventually your pots and pans look like they’ve been through a house fire!  GROSS!

I cook a lot with high heat, both on the stove top and in the oven. Searing roasts and cuts of meat for the slow-cooker has done a number on many of my frying pans. My obsession with baking weekly loaves of bread in my once-gorgeous Le Creuset dutch oven has turned it into a lackluster shell of its former self.

So, Bar Keepers Friend isn’t a total miracle product. You DO need to actually scrub a bit to get things looking good. I honestly don’t mind it though… it’s sort of therapeutic. I like to put on some LOUD music and spend a little quality time with whatever I’m cleaning. It’s SO satisfying to me to see the difference from dirty to clean!

I mean… look at what a HUGE difference there is with the frying pan above! Normally I’d just scrub it with a sponge and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap… that doesn’t do the trick… the pan is clean enough to use, but all that high-heat-cooked-on-grime is still there! Yuck!  And it also makes the pan not work well.  So… after a bit of Bar Keepers Friend and elbow grease the pan looks and FUNCTIONS so so so much better!

I often use my dutch oven at 450F-500F and that tends to make it look not-so-fresh.  You can see the before and after above. The after isn’t totally perfect! BUT… I’m not embarrassed to have people see it now! Also, dutch ovens are expensive! I want this one to last for years and years and then gift it to someone who will love and use it when I can no longer use it!

I also have used Bar Keepers Friend to clean my kitchen, floors, and bathroom.  I’ve used it on thrift store purchases and all types of materials. I also love that it doesn’t have bleach in it so it doesn’t ruin my clothes when I inevitably make a mess of myself.

So to wrap everything up, go buy some Bar Keepers Friend and use it to clean! It has helped me take better care of tools that I love!

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Hand-Churned Butter

Homemade Butter with Bread

Who doesn’t love butter!? I love to eat it every which way… salted, unsalted, seasoned, herbed, spiced, domestic, fancy, European… I’m all for it! The only thing that’s better than a thick coating of butter on fresh bread is HOMEMADE BUTTER on fresh bread!

You’re probably like me and rarely think about what actually goes into making that stick of butter that you buy at the grocery store. The history of making butter goes back to ancient times, but the basic process remains the same to this day. You take cream that separates from fresh whole milk and beat or churn the cream until it thickens and the buttermilk separates leaving you with butter.

If you want to read more about the history of butter you can check out this book from your local library or buy it by clicking on the image below:

Butter A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova

I’ve seen homemade butter being made several times throughout my life. When I was a boy I watching seeing fresh butter being churned at a local museum. Later on I produced a successful video showing how to churn homemade butter in a Mason jar for my friend Sweet Paul.  You can watch that video HERE.  When I was recently researching a project I came across the Kilner Butter Churn and I just KNEW I needed to have one. I had no idea that there are several inexpensive butter churns available on the market today. Maybe it’s the rising popularity of homesteading, or maybe people… like me… just want to EAT ALL THE BUTTER.

Check out all the cool butter churns on Amazon HERE. This is the Kilner Butter Churn that I used to make my butter… click the photo to get more info or purchase:

Kilner Butter Churn

It was really easy to make my homemade butter. You can follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make it, but the process in my Kilner churn is super-basic. You pour in 10 ounces of room-temperature heavy cream. Then you turn the crank for about 10-15 minutes. First the cream turns foamy, then it changes to a liquidy whipped cream, then… when it seems like it’s not working… it  turns thick and the crank gets harder to turn.  You keep going beyond this point and then MAGIC HAPPENS. The crank suddenly gets easy to turn and the buttermilk separates from the butter.  You then take your butter and rinse and knead it a tiny bit in cold water and then you’re set to go!

Watch my VIDEO here:

homemade butter

You can store homemade butter in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. But I don’t understand how anyone would be able to make it last that long because it’s SO GOOD that you’re going to want to eat it all in one sitting. Churning butter is 10% kid-friendly… next time you have a family gathering or even just a weeknight dinner, pour some cream into your churn and have the kids crank their way to BUTTER nirvana!

Hand Churned Butter