Thursday, September 09, 2010

Finally!

Many years ago, I mentioned to an elderly neighbor that I had always wished for a butter mold.  She checked with her daughter to make sure it was OK to give it to me, and then gave me a butter mold she had stored away, from years gone by.  
You don't have to have a butter mold to make butter; I'd done without one for years.  You just wash the butter until the water is no longer milky, and put it in a dish; that works great.  But my mom had told me stories about butter molds she used in her youth, and I longed to have one.  
So, I'd make butter and wash it properly, and force it into that prized mold.  I'd refrigerate it, take it out, and try to remove the butter.  Unfortunately, it always stuck.  I'd run a knife around the edges and finally get it out, but the design that was supposed to be on top of the pound of butter was nonexistent.  
I tried it again last week, following directions I found on the Internet.   No luck.  
I complained to Cliff and his sister Rena; they both said, "Spray it with Pam first."  
"That can't be right," I told them.  "That's just using grease to get the mold to let loose of something greasy."  
They insisted it would work.  
Today I made butter, and I decided to try their suggestion.  After all, it wouldn't hurt the butter.  And it was something I had not tried before.  


It worked!  See how the design from the butter mold (on the right) transferred to the butter?  Picture me doing a happy dance, and I can't even dance.  


Isn't this a thing of beauty?

17 comments:

ingasmile said...

Mmmm, butter!

Inga

Paula said...

Yes it is a thing of beauty and taste good too I bet. I think our mold growing up was rounded at the top.They are pretty to have just as a collector's item too. Nice of that lady to give you her's. She must have thought a lot of you.

Donna said...

Paula, she surely must have, although I really don't know why. One of these days I'll do an entry just for her, God rest her soul.

TARYTERRE said...

It is a thing of beauty. It looks mouth watering.

Lisa said...

A work of art!! : )

Lindie said...

I have a buter mold that I have never used. It belonged to my mother. It is rectangular. Would you want it? If so, let me know and I will get it to you.

Donna said...

Lindie, I would love to have it! Mrs. Jackson, a neighbor of ours when we lived at the 20 acres, used a rectangular one. Memories!

Lucy said...

Cool butter mold. MOM churned butter but we didn't have a mold. We had a small crock she kept just for that.

Vicki said...

Too pretty to eat. Now thatsa butter! Homemade bread , warm from the oven would be nice with it. Vicki

small farm girl said...

Beautiful! Paula Dean would be proud. lol.

Mary Bennett said...

Oh, that is sooo funny!!! I'm glad that it worked though!! In younger days, I used to remold our butter into a lamb butter mold (3-d) for Easter.

Mary
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Ms Martyr said...

I have absolutely no experience with butter molds but was wondering if dipping it in warm water like a jello mold would help it to release. No need since the Pam works but just curious if you'd ever tried that.

Donna said...

I've thought about that too, Ms. And I imagine it might work if the mold were metal. Wood doesn't transfer heat so well. Also, it would be easy to overdo it and the pretty design would melt.

Leilani Lee said...

Once upon a time I was rummaging around in this huge huge junk store and I found a beautiful wooden butter mold in the bottom of a box, without a price, and I thought "aha, maybe I can get this cheap." "Oh," she said when I showed her. "I've been looking for that. I think I want $45 for it..." I left without the butter mold.

Pat said...

I agree Paula Dean would be so proud of you!! Your butter looks so delicious. It sure would taste good on a piece of cornbread..Yummy! You and Cliff have a nice weekend.
Hugs,
Pat

Toni said...

Oh goodness, YES! It is a thing of beauty indeed. My mom uses a lamb butter mold for Easter. I LOVE it.
Blessings,
Toni

Carlene Noggle said...

Oh Donna, it is so beautiful!!! Do you knwo that thi is the first time I have ever seen homemade butter from a mold? I bet it tastes so good on a hot homemade biscuit!
love ya,
carlene