How to Use an Old Primitive Butter Mold Press

Written by carolyn kay neeley
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While most butter for family consumption was simply shaped by hand, when farmers' wives sold their butter to city dwellers in ages past, it was usually pressed and printed so that buyers knew where their butter had come from. This was done using a butter mould with a press, which often had a stamp in the top to print the butter.

Many of these old butter mould presses are still around, the oldest ones being made of wood, and can lend a very nostalgic and authentic feel to your homemade butter. The instructions here are for use assuming that the butter has already been churned, the buttermilk has been removed, and the butter has been salted and is ready for moulding or pressing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    If using a wood mould, soak the mould in cold water for about 1 hour prior to moulding. Aluminium or glass moulds don't need any further preparation.

  2. 2

    Pack the butter into the mould by hand, leaving just a little bit of room at the top.

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    Insert the stamp and press the butter until it is completely packed and the press won't move any more.

  4. 4

    Remove the stamp from the mould, and then turn the mould over to remove the butter. Try to remove the butter by hand instead of thumping it so that your print isn't messed up. If the butter is a little stuck, slip a butter knife around the edges to help loosen it.

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