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Churn History: Crank Churns

Churn History: Crank Churns

by Jojo Frey September 11, 2014

From the mid-1800s through the 1940s, the hand-crank butter churn was the most commonly used household butter churn in America. Crank churns replaced simplistic wooden dash churns. It wasn’t long before crank churns were replaced by electric churns...

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Churn History: Dash Churns

Churn History: Dash Churns

by Jojo Frey September 07, 2014

The absolute classic in butter churning is the dash churn. The dash churn was the primary method of churning butter for centuries, until it was slowly made obsolete by the advent of hand-crank churns equipped with gears. Images of dash churns can be found everywhere from medieval manuscripts...

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Churn History: Unusual Churns

Churn History: Unusual Churns

by Jojo Frey September 03, 2014

Making butter is not complicated, yet people have invented all manner of unusual methods for churning butter. From the rocking chair to the stationary bike, here is a list of our favorites. With the combined power of a rocking chair and the energy of a child, we shall have butter! Julius Restein received a patent…

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Churn History: Swing Churns

Churn History: Swing Churns

by Hannes Frey August 30, 2014

The swing churn is the oldest form of butter churn, and it was used going back thousands of years. Nomads would fill an animal skin with milk and it would turn into butter as it was rocked back and forth while they walked. Animal skin containers suspended from wooden tripods were also likely used in…

 

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Butter in the Public Eye

Butter in the Public Eye

by Jojo Frey May 26, 2014

Throughout the ages, butter was revered as a healthy and delicious product. It was used medicinally in some ancient Indian cultures, ancient Egyptians valued it as a cure for eye problems, and during the Tang dynasty in China...

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Butter Around the World

Butter Around the World

by Jojo Frey May 22, 2014

From Scandinavia to India to Africa, most cultures use some form of butter in cooking. There are four main types of butter: sweet cream, cultured, clarified and ghee. Sweet cream butter is made from fresh cream, instead of soured or fermented cream...

 

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