Making Butter

There was a time when it seemed that every rural family once owned a “milch” cow, buy viagra a cow used only for it’s milk. The milk was kept cool in crocks until the cream rose to the top. When there was enough cream, store which took one or two days to get, it was put into a butter churn, which most of you are probably familiar with, but it looks like a barrel with a plunger with a disc on the end.

A woman or a child would agitate this plunger up and down for about 60 minutes. Soon they would have butter, which would then separate from the liquid. This liquid was called buttermilk. The butter was then scooped out of the butter churn, rinsed, and pressed with a butter paddle to get out the excess liquid.

Sometimes the butter was very pale in color, which was considered to be undesirable. Carrot juice was added to give it a more golden color.

The next step was to pack the butter into molds. These molds had decorative designs in the forms of animals or flowers. Each individual design represented the farm the butter came from if the butter was to be sold at market.

The butter that was left was packed into a wooden bucket called a firkin.

I’ll bet your children would be surprised to learn where butter comes from. Why not show them by making your own? Measure a half pint of cream into a quart jar that has a tight lid. Make sure the lid is screwed on tightly, and let them shake, shake, shake, and they will see that soon they will have butter!

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5 Responses to “Making Butter”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    Is that a beaver on that print? That’s really unique isn’t it? Nice churns too…all in a row!

  2. carolemurals Says:

    yes, Rebecca. I went to a auction years ago and there was a large collection of butter molds. Wish I stuck around to try and win some,but I didn’t. It was August and very hot and lots of things going up before they were going to auction them off. Thanks for visiting my blog this morning. Hopefully I will get back to posting more often.

  3. tj Says:

    …Were firkins used for other purposes too? So very interesting! I knew how butter was made but I did not know about the the carrot juice – very interesting. Thank you Carole for enlightening me! :o )

    …Have a wonderful weekend!

    …Peace & blessings dear.

  4. carolemurals Says:

    hi tj. This info was new to me too. I thought firkins were used for other foods as well but what I read is that they were used to transport butter to the store or market. I’m glad you enjoyed reading my post.

  5. Louise Says:

    Carole, thanks for writing such a great post! So much great information and pictures.
    xo Louise

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