Butter Pats, Pair; Unknown manufacturer; 1900-1910; WY.0000.765


Butter Pats, Pair

About this object

Butter pats were used to shape butter into bricks, making butter ready for sale or use. First, excess moisture would be squeezed out of the butter, which was then transferred to a wooden board. The butter maker would hold one of these pats in each hand and work the butter into shape.

Wooden pats are thin, light and easy to hold. The inside face is serrated to grip the butter and squeeze out any further water. They were also used to make patterns on the finished butter. Butter pats were washed in salted water to help prevent the butter from sticking to them.

If the butter was made in winter it would usually be paler than summer butter due to the poorer quality of grazing for the cow. Because of this food colouring made from marigolds and carrot water was sometimes added and worked into the butter with the pats.


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Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, wood


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Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

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occupation-based equipment

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