A surprising revelation.

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Greece
January 17, 2016 11:25am CST
Today my friend surprised me by revealing a hidden talent which I would never have guessed she had. She is an American lady, in her 60s now. She is an avid reader, and knitter and she enjoys writing. Her favourite pastime is solving puzzles. We meet for coffee every Sunday and while our husbands talk about changing the world, she and I share our news, our interests and our memories . Somehow the subject arrived at the differences between butter and margarine, it was then that she surprised me by telling me that when she was a young married woman she made her own butter. She got the milk from a neighbour’s cow. With a face full of smiles she told me how wonderful that butter tasted and wondered, in passing, what the cow’s diet was to produce such a delightful taste. She described how she did it, from collecting the milk, skimming off the cream and shaking it until the butter formed and then churning it and removing any milk left behind. It is interesting when someone you know well reveals something about themselves that you would never have guessed. I saw a new side to her today.
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@Susan2015 (21939)
• United States
17 Jan 16
It's nice you found out something new about her. I've tried butter, different brands but it has no taste to me. I prefer margarine.
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• Greece
18 Jan 16
I eat margarine now but only because of my high cholesterol and my husband's frowns...
@celticeagle (120447)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 16
It is fun when they reveal things we had no idea about. There is a big difference between butter and margarine. I would so much rather have butter but the cost is not affordable.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
17 Jan 16
We used to have fresh butter from the farm near my grandparents' house.
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
17 Jan 16
Isn't it nice that most are able to buy what they need now and not have to do all of these things by hand!
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@Morleyhunt (21330)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
I still like to do a lot of things by hand. Store bought is not always better.
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
18 Jan 16
I remember when I made butter in the farmhouse of my grandmother. You need milk from the cow to make butter, you cannot make butter with pasteurized milk. The taste was different, but I can still find this kind of butter here, buying from farmers.
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@monalica (117)
• New Delhi, India
18 Jan 16
Anna i some times feel that you are much similar to me any where you have the idea as i what a coincidence .
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
18 Jan 16
@monalica Really? This is interesting.
• Greece
18 Jan 16
So I have another friend who has made her own butter! It is interesting that you can still find that kind of home made butter in Switzerland but I am sure that if it was available here my friend (who is married to a Greek) would have found out where to buy some.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Jan 16
That's great. It's always nice to know something new and wonderful about the people we call friend.
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• Greece
18 Jan 16
It adds a new dimension to a friendship and of course more colour to our conversations with them.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Jan 16
@41CombedaleRoad Yes it does, and opens a whole realm of finding out exactly how something is done, like making butter.
@monalica (117)
• New Delhi, India
18 Jan 16
Oh , really ,you also know the process of preparing the butter ,very interesting , in our country we always make it by own ,it is so tasty ,the process is simple take the upper part of boiled milk , first store it in a bowl ,now add curd and mash with a big spoon after some time there will be tasty butter in your hand .
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@paigea (22601)
• Canada
17 Jan 16
We can get surprised even from an old friend. Keeps life interesting. In the classroom I have let the students make butter from the cream I bought at the grocery store. They were surprised at how they could turn cream into butter by shaking the jar.
• Greece
18 Jan 16
I wish we had had a teacher like you with imagination in the city school that I attended. Your lessons must be great fun.
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@paigea (22601)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
@41CombedaleRoad I mostly teach what the teacher leaves for me these days as a substitute. They do amazing things. One teacher had them building a model of the ear out of candy. It was very cute. In higher grades I have seen models of molecules out of candy.
• Greece
19 Jan 16
It gets better and better. Teachers have become more imaginative than when I was in school. It was along time ago....@paigea
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@Daljinder (22198)
• India
18 Jan 16
I learned how to make butter from my mother when I was little. It sure tastes different from the market brands.
• Greece
22 Jan 16
I really need to try some one day now that I have read so many remarks telling me how good it is compared with the shop variety that I eat.
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@Daljinder (22198)
• India
22 Jan 16
@41CombedaleRoad You should and its not even hard to make the butter.
• United States
18 Jan 16
I bet that butter was better than anything we've ever tasted from a store. I love when a person you think you know well can still surprise us
• Greece
22 Jan 16
My friend had no idea I would be so surprised, probably because we both had such a different environment when we were children.
@marlina (79590)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
It's not every day that one can meet someone who has already made her own milk.
• Greece
18 Jan 16
Now I am wondering about people who make their own cheese - cottage cheese would not be included.
@Inlemay (17140)
• South Africa
18 Jan 16
I prefer butter to margarine and some say one is better than the other - but actually both need to be used in moderation.
• United States
18 Jan 16
I prefer butter too
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@gudheart (12741)
18 Jan 16
That is great. I can imagine there are so many hidden talents and wonderful stories that people I know have but I am yet to know about.
• Greece
18 Jan 16
Keep on reading gudheart, sooner or later some more hidden talents will rise to amaze us.
@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
20 Mar 16
If you were to tell people something you do that you think is common, they might be surprised as well. That happens to me a lot. Things I take for granted are just "marvels"
@garymarsh6 (14502)
• United Kingdom
20 Jan 16
OH yes fresh butter. I won't permit margarine to be in the house at all.
@Marcyaz (35594)
• United States
18 Jan 16
That is quite interesting to hear about someone making their own butter.
@cacay1 (33199)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 Jan 16
So nice revelation,butter is tasty too.
@Morleyhunt (21330)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
When my children were young we made our own butter. In the beginning we were not washing the butter thoroughly and it went rancid. Lesson learned...take a little extra time.
• Preston, England
17 Jan 16
I love real butter - some of the plastic tasting alternatives they serve nowadays are not nice at all
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 16
How interesting. My mother used to make cheese, but I can't remember how - I know that a muslin strainer was involved.