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Antique Butter Mold
I love antique butter molds, don’t you?! I’ve been admiring old wooden butter molds in antique shops for ages. But I always walk by them thinking something along the lines of “Yeah, right… like I’m ambitious enough to make butter and put it in a mold.”
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Guess what, I did just that yesterday! My friend Terri gave me a very special gift this year, an antique butter mold that has been in her family for ages. Her mother moved out of the old farm house not so long ago and told Terri to take anything she wanted home with her. The butter mold made the trip back to Wisconsin, along with some other cool family artifacts and heirlooms.
Terri saw my post about making raw butter and gave the mold to me, since she doesn’t have a great deal of storage or a need for a butter mold. She figured I would make better use of it. So, for the first time ever, I molded butter yesterday!
I started by washing the mold with lukewarm water. Then I patted it dry and used canola oil to coat the entire mold. It has a crack along one side and the wood was very dry, so I figured it would be a good idea to treat the mold to prevent the wood from drying out anymore.
With the wood treated and glowing richly on my kitchen counter, I got started on making a fresh batch of butter. The cream from one gallon of Jersey milk made just the right amount of butter for my “new” mold. Once the butter was mashed into the mold, I put it in the refrigerator to chill. Taking the butter out of the mold was the most difficult part of the process. I had to let the butter warm up enough to push it out. Next time I will need to do a better job of oiling the mold, since the spots that stuck to the butter had less oil.
The whole process was very simple and rewarding. Now I need to go back to those antique stores and give the butter molds another chance!