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Bog Butter

June 17, 2016

Have you ever heard of bog butter? It’s butter that’s been found in a bog. I mean butter, spread it on  your bread butter. Only difference, it’s been buried and eventually exhumed from a bog, a cold-water swamp.

I only learned about this stuff this week. Some guy in Ireland was poking around a bog, he was searching for or researching something to do with peat and he found a 22 pound block of bog butter that’s been determined to be about 2000 years old. And that’s not the oldest bog butter ever found in Britain and Ireland. There have been bog butter balls over 3000 years old dug up.

I love the fact that I live on a planet where 3000 year old butter can be found in a  freakin’ swamp!

The minimal research I did for this post came up with two possible reasons for butter having been left in a bog. The first reason is that it could have been a sacrifice or offering to the gods. What is this butter god and where do I subscribe to the newsletter? The other reason being that butter needs to be preserved in cool temperatures and refrigerators were hard to come by in pre-Romano-Britain. Therefore, a cold-water swamp was Kenmore’s biggest competition.

Last year, some sunken booty was raised from off the coast of Nova Scotia and a 100 year old plus bottle of beer was found. That’s nothing. Pretty much every garage in Canada has a ridiculously old bottle of beer buried in an old Coleman  cooler underneath some rusty tools and cobwebs. Not to mention the horrible whiskeys from now-defunct distillers collecting dust in every basement bar across the country.

I didn’t try too hard but there’s a “I can’t believe it’s not bog butter” joke to be made somewhere in this. Also a “Land o’ lakes butter” joke. I’ll leave that up to you.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2016 4:25 pm

    CBC did a story about it this morning. Apparently the butter is “still edible”.

    • June 17, 2016 4:49 pm

      And it tastes great on toast!

      • June 19, 2016 2:12 am

        Hopefully that’s not 3,000 year old toast!

        • June 20, 2016 11:44 am

          It’s that perma-stale French melba toast crap. It could be 3000 years old and nobody would know the difference.

        • June 21, 2016 12:23 am

          Oh my gosh, that is so true! lol

  2. June 18, 2016 3:13 am

    Ahaha! The Land o’ Lakes line is perfect! I’m thinking it was probably for preservation more than sacrifice, although if I were a god, I think butter would be a pretty cool offering.

    There is a device called a butter bell, in which you fill a cup or “bell” with butter, then submerge the thing in cold water to keep it fresh, so same kind of preservation method.

    My question is, who ran off and left butter in the “fridge”?

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