Butter: a conditioner for your hands, hair, nails, and cast iron frying pan
It is delicious but butter has so many more uses than for just buttering on bread.
Grandmothers know that butter is a food product that can be used for far more than just baking. They learned this early in life. As young mothers they discovered exactly how important butter was for a number of tasks around the home.
Women who traditionally spent a large part of their day in the kitchen preparing meals, and baking bread, in an emergency situation would reach out for whatever was handy to them. One product that was usually close at hand, was butter, and it could solve a number of household problems.
Frontier women learned to reach out for a quick swab of butter to solve whichever household situation it might currently be required for.
Household uses for butter in the kitchen.
Butter is perfect for greasing up a cast iron pan. Simply apply a small dab or thin pat of butter into the pan, then use a cotton rag to rub the butter over, and throughout your pan. It will shine up beautifully. This greasy coating also serves to "season" cast iron, so not only will your old pans come out gleaming, they will also not be so likely to have food stick in them.
Butter can also be used to prevent sticky knives from sticking, a thin layer of butter makes this basic kitchen utensil silky smooth, and helps make cutting sticky foods just so much easier.
If a pot is starting to boil a little too quickly than a little plop of butter into the water will effectively stop the water from boiling over. While a teaspoon of butter in the spaghetti or macaroni pot will help to keep these starchy foods from sticking to the pot.
Smooth and delicious there is nothing quite like fresh butter.
Which basic spread do you prefer on your breads?
Butter, margarine, or salad dressing which do you use ?
A wee dab of butter trivia.
1. India is the country that is the number one producer of butter. This is a good thing because they are also the number one consumers of butter.
2. It takes 10.2 litres of cows milk to make 454 grams, or one pound, of butter. Now that is a lot of moo cooperation going on out there in the fields!
3. Butter contains about the same amount of calories as margarine or vegetable oils.
4. Butter has been around for about 10,000 years.
Churning butter by hand crank.
Creamy delicious butter sits in most kitchens.
This is one butter dish that really does ideally symbolize the old country tradition of serving up delicious creamy butter.
Butter from the cow to the crock to the table. Delicious of fashioned natural goodness.
Butter as a conditioner for your hands, hair, nails, or to help out your kitty.
Butter can actually be used for a number of health and beauty regimens. As a quick and convenient lotion while working in the kitchen, butter is always close by to relieve the symptoms of dry, or cracked hands.
In less than a minute a small dab of this smooth yellow mixture can be quickly rubbed over the hands and elbows to relieve the dryness that skin has a tendency to develop. In the evening it can be used as a hand or foot moisturizer just before bedtime. Butter's light greasy coating on these vulnerable areas can help to lock in, and maintain, moisture throughout the night.
When used as a hand cream, butter helps to keep cuticles soft and flexible, and fingernails less brittle or prone to breakage.
Butter can even be used as a massage cream, and after your massage will leave your skin smelling fresh, and smooth feeling to the touch.
Butter also makes a suitable replacement for shaving cream and can be used for this purpose when it is necessary.
As a moisturizing hair treatment it can be used to effectively restore health and shine to brittle hair. Use butter as a deep hair conditioner. Simply dampen hair, work a generous amount of butter into it, towel wrap buttered hair, and leave in for around thirty minutes. Wash hair thoroughly and then apply a vinegar and water rinse to remove any greasy residue.
To help keep your pet's coat glossy and smooth, put a dab of butter on his, or her paw. Your pet will enjoy this tasty treat and lick it off. For cats this greasy meal will also help to keep fur balls in check.
Making butter the old fashioned way.
Butter churn for making your own butter.
Take a step back into the past and churn your own butter. It is a great learning experience for kids.
Call it getting back to the country way of doing things but it can be fun to step back in time a bit.
It is a little bit of arm work but it is also quite exciting to make your own butter and then salt to your taste.
Butter can be used to replace more environmentally harmful oils.
Butter can be used on most metals that squeak, stick, or grind when they shouldn't. Butter can be used as a grease to replace more harmful petroleum oils.
For greasing the chain or wheels on a bicycle, or getting a key to slip more easily into an old lock, butter can be a more environmentally friendly product to use. Use a cotton rag to massage the butter onto your sticky metal piece, and it will help to loosen things up, and remove those all too annoying squeaks and creaks.
Butter can be used to loosen a too tight ring from a swollen finger, or as a grease .
When the kids get into something they shouldn't. Butter is great for removing a sticky mass of bubblegum from their hair, glue from sticky fingers, or tree sap from whatever body part they have managed to attach it to.
Butter comparison in Fat and Calories.
One serving or about 2 teaspoons each:
a) Butter: 8g fat 72g calories
B) Margarine: 8g fat 72g calories
C) Olive Oil: 10g fat 88g calories
Butter though does contain transfats, whereas you can purchase trans fat free margarines, and olive oil is always a healthy oil choice. Like most of the things in life which are just so deliciously good to eat, it is wise to consume butter in moderation, and not dine out too heavily on those extra calories.