Eager to tap into the metro yeoman hipster market, Williams-Sonoma now offers a line of "DIY" kits for smoking salmon, making your own nut milk, fermenting your own mead, etc., etc. These kits are, unsurprisingly, fairly expensive and the end-product, of course, highly subject to user error. You're better off going to the grocery store or just researching methods and equipment online if time and money are a priority.
Photo by Joanna O'Leary Just add cream.
However, when a kit is on sale and there's an extra 20 percent off clearance plus shipping, purchasing one becomes almost conscionable. Almost.
In the spirit of "butter makes everything butter," I bought the butter-making kit, which included:
- a BPA-free plastic shaker container
- 2 porcelain butter crocks
- 2 hand-carved teak butter paddles.
- .75 oz of Herbes de Provences (.75 oz).
- 1 oz of French sea salt (1 oz.).
- 1 muslin bags for storing herbs and spices
Alas, no cream, the most crucial ingredient. For that, you have to go to the store, or, if the case may be, the dairy cow resting inside the barn in your backyard.
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