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Wooden Butter Molds

Updated on October 20, 2012

Wooden Butter Molds

Wooden Butter Molds are used to create unique looking blocks or rounds of butter. Many butter molds are decorative, and designs such as flowers are common. Wooden Butter Molds used to be common kitchen items. They were often made for shaping homemade butter.

On this page, you will find a few modern day butter molds that you can buy, and lots of antique collectible wooden butter molds. I've also included a bit about the history of butter molds.

Picture: This brand new Butter Mold creates a double flower design and is for sale here.

Antique Butter Mold Idenfitication and Price Guide - Book for Collectors of Butter Molds

Butter Molds: An Identification and Value Guide
Butter Molds: An Identification and Value Guide

This is the only book I've found that is devoted solely to old collectible butter molds. Use this book to research the value of an antique butter mold, and to identify the butter mold manufacturer, date, etc.

 

Round Butter Mold - Makes Individual Size Butter Discs - A Tradition from Poland!

Wooden Butter Mold - Round Butter Patty Plunger, 1.25" Diameter
Wooden Butter Mold - Round Butter Patty Plunger, 1.25" Diameter

This is an authentic polish wooden butter mold. You can create small butter rounds with this butter mold. It's a nice decorative idea. Each dinner guest could have their own butter round!

 

Decorative Butter Print or Butter Stamp - Create Unique Butter Blocks or Rounds

Ateco Wood Butter Print, Flower Design
Ateco Wood Butter Print, Flower Design

This is not a butter mold, but rather a butter print. You could shape the butter by hand and then decorate it with one of these butter prints.

The following designs are available: Acorn, Clover, Flower, Pineapple, Sailboat, Suit of Cards, Three Flower, and Wheat.

I read that sometimes antique butter prints (or butter stamps) are actually the pusher block from a butter mold. Sometimes the butter mold box breaks, and all you have left is the carved butter plunger with the stamp on it.

 

Lamb Shaped Butter Mold for Easter Dinner - Create a Lamb Butter for Easter!

Wooden Butter Mold - Easter Lamb, Medium
Wooden Butter Mold - Easter Lamb, Medium

This may be the most popular butter mold these day. Although you can carve a lamb butter without a mold, this lamb mold sure makes a perfect looking lamb! It would make a great centerpiece for the Easter dinner table. You can use softened store bought butter in this lamb mold.

 

Brand New Double Flower Butter Mold - Create a decorative double flower imprint butter medallion

Paderno World Cuisine Butter Mold with Double Flower
Paderno World Cuisine Butter Mold with Double Flower

This butter mold would be a fun gift for someone who makes their own homemade butter. It also can be used with store bought softened butter. It is a modern butter mold and has hinges for easy unmolding.

 

Instructions on How to use a Butter Mold

These instructions are from the modern wooden butter molds that you buy, like the lamb pictured above. You may be able to follow these instructions with an antique butter mold, but I'm not sure.

1. Insert dry and assembled mold into a freezer for 30-40 minutes

2. Remove it from the freezer and fill with softened butter (NOT melted butter.)

3. Place into freezer for another 40-50 minutes

4. Carefully open mold by wedging a butter knife into the cutout (Or use butter plunger, if your mold has one.)

5. Delicately remove Frozen butter

Cleaning and Caring for Wooden Butter Molds

- Do not soak a butter mold in water.

- Do not place a butter mold in the dishwasher.

- Clean the wooden butter mold with water and mild detergent.

- Towel-dry the item or allow the item to air dry.

Please note: It is important to allow air flow to reach all sides of mold. If one side is left wet while the other sides dry, warping may occur.

For safety, I've read that antique butter molds should be cleaned with bleach, but this may cause the mold to split. Use old butter molds at your own risk. You may want to only display antique butter molds as decoration, and only use brand new wooden butter molds.

Antique Industrial Butter Presses - From the Book "Barn implements and machines" 1884

Industrial Butter Press, Late 1800s
Industrial Butter Press, Late 1800s

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      teamnana 4 years ago

      This looks like such a fun thing to collect!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Thanks for the tip!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Sears catalog carried wooden butter molds till 1964 they are easy to identify they are all stamped with the patent date of 1866

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The antique butter molds are highly collectibles. I see them often in antique shops and usually they are quite expensive (especially the beautiful ones with lots of details). Even if you don't make butter, they still make a nice display!