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Butter Moulds

Butter Moulds are used to make portions of butter either more decorative for a pleasing effect, or to make them into a standard-sized shape for sale. Most made now are just stamps for pressing a design into the top of butter.

Some Butter Moulds would just shape the butter, some just stamp a pattern into it, some do both. The shapes can be round or rectangular. They can be made of wood, clay or glass.

All families used to have their own butter moulds, because they made their own butter. These moulds were often designed to hold exactly one pound (450g) of butter. A popular one used to be round, with a pineapple shape on top.

Wooden ones were used in North America and Australia. They were a square or rectangular mould, plain on all sides, with an accompanying wood press for squishing the butter in. They both made butter a standard shape, and pressed any air and remaining water out of the butter, to give it a longer storage life. It was hard, though, to get the butter out afterwards.

Handier ones had a handle on top that when you pressed down, it pressed the shape butter out easily.

History Notes

The Tudors in England were very fond of presenting butter at the table in decorative, moulded shapes.

See also:


Brioche Moulds; Butter Moulds; Chinese Pretzel Iron; Dariole Moulds; Egg Corrals; Flan Moulds; Jelly Moulds; Kaiser Roll Stamp; Panettone Moulds; Pâté Moulds; Rosette Iron; Timbale Moulds

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Oulton, Randal. "Butter Moulds." CooksInfo.com. Published 24 May 2005; revised 26 January 2010. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/butter-moulds>.

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