Sheared Bliss


One maid a milking
December 6, 2009, 12:48 pm
Filed under: Food, History, Museum | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Guess what I learned to do this weekend?  Thanks to PioneerT and PioneerA for teaching me and to Millie for being very patient with me.  Milking is something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do, but haven’t had a chance until now.  It’s very warm and peaceful and warm and meditative and warm and did I mention it’s warm.  Can you tell it’s been cold here lately?

We made candy at the museum this weekend too.

Put one cup of molasses, one cup of sugar, and two teaspoons of vinegar in a pot and cook until it reaches the hard ball stage.  Add two tablespoons of butter and continue to cook until it reaches the crack stage.  Pour it onto a buttered plate and stir gently until it’s cool enough to touch.  Butter your hands liberally, take a portion of the candy, and pull for all you’re worth until it lightens in color and you can’t pull it any more.  Roll it into a snake, cut into bite sized pieces, and eat or wrap in paper to save for later.

You can use the same recipe to make popcorn balls.  Put some plain popcorn in the buttered plate and pour the molten candy over it.  Stir it around until it’s cool enough to touch.  Butter your hands liberally and shape the popcorn into balls.  These can also be wrapped in paper and saved for later, but they’re really good warm.

We did all of this over a fire using a glass of cold water instead of a thermometer, but you can make your life easier by obtaining a good candy thermometer and doing it on the stove in a heavy bottomed pot.  Just be prepared for everything in your kitchen to get sticky and greasy.  Fun!

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