So I’m sitting here tonight and decide to make some butter for this week. I gathered up the cream, a little salt and a pint jar. I decided to make it the way I used to let my kids make it when they were little, shaking the cream in the jar until the butter formed, because we were watching a show on t.v. and appliances would be too noisy.
As I sat and shook the jar of cream, I got to thinking. I mean, really, who was the first person to go out and milk the cow, bring it in and decide to scoop the cream off the top and put it in a bowl and start stirring it and just see what happened?
When my cream turned to whipped cream, I wondered, why did that first person just stop at that point? Why did they decide to keep stirring the cream until, finally, it turned into a lump of yellow…..stuff? Leaving behind a real thin milk?
Butter has been around for over 10,000 years. The first written reference to butter was found on a 4,500 year old limestone tablet, that showed how butter was made. But still no information on who the first person was to think of doing all that. Hmmm…I guess this will remain one of those unsolved mysteries.