Colonial Cooking: Butter in a Jar

By Heather Lodge

In the days before refrigeration, most people did not drink milk. Although the drink was popular with those of Northern European descent, milk was too dangerous to keep around due to its quick spoilage rate. So instead of drinking milk, most people turned it into yogurt, cheese, or butter. While all three of these foods were popular, butter was the most common choice for the average household to make, as it was by far the simplest to produce. So simple, in fact, that butter making was a chore given to even the youngest of children.

Today, I am going to show you how to make butter at home. You will need whipping cream and a clean jar. Enjoy!

By Heather Lodge

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