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Before refrigeration, making butter and cheese were ways of preserving milk and cream. Farm families made cheese in the hotter months when milk soured too quickly to be used for making butter. When set out in the cooler months, cream rose to the top of the unhomogenized milk. The fat in the collected cream coalesced into butter as it was agitated, or "churned". The thin buttermilk left behind was washed out before the butter was carefully packed away. New England farmwomen played a vital economic role in the 19th century by producing surplus butter and cheese to sell at the local store.

 

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Butter Churn

creator   Unidentified
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   wood
item type   Household Goods/Food Processing Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1926.11.05


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See Also...

"Betty at the Churn"

Cheese press

Milk Pan


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