Found: FBC

I found my FBC.  Do you have one?

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In the olden days you might have used it.  It might have been on your table and never moved off until it had to be washed and refilled.

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Give up?  Need  a different view?

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A French Butter Chest dates back to the 18th Century.   It was a way to keep your butter from becoming rancid.  The inner cup holds 1/4 pound of butter.   You put enough water in the larger outer cup so that it is 3/4 full.  Invert the butter filled inner cup into the water filled outer cup.  The unglazed inner cup will hold the butter in place whilst upside down.  You add more water as the butter is used..and change the water weekly.  A marvelous way to store butter before refrigeration!

My French Butter Chest was a gift from my Baby brother and his wife a long time ago..they must have been thinking of me and how I like quirky gifts.

I found this in the back of a cupboard yesterday..I can report that all the cupboards have been rooted out and everything inside washed and disinfected.  I must wash the exterior of the last bank of cabinets..and then I am done.  The end is in sight! :)

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2 Responses to Found: FBC

  1. Abra says:

    A nice little history lesson, Farside. I must say, though, my butter would never go rancid–we gobble it down too fast! Our poor arteries. ;-) ~Abra

  2. Beth says:

    As I was reading this, I was thinking: Huummm . . . that sure looks familiar :)