Here are some of the items located in our museum. We will be adding to the page every week, so check back to see more items.
The earliest evidence of butter dates back to 2000 years B.C. It is not known who invented butter, but there is a theory that it was created by accident.
The butter churns that are on display at the Luther Store Museum are called Plunge Churns or Dash Churns. The stick is called a dasher or churn dash that is moved up and down in an upright container. The containers were usually made of wood or pottery. The stick might be perforated or a wooden circle or crossed boards could be attached to the bottom of the stick. This would help to beat the cream. Using a plunge churn or dash churn did take a considerably long time.
In the 18th century more complex kinds of churns that shortened the butter making time were developed. They became more popular in the 19th century.
Information from: Old and Interesting
Crisco 50 lb. container c. 1915
Crisco was put on the market in 1911 by Procter and Gamble.
In 1912, the first advertising came out in a popular woman’s magazine and emphasized the benefits of using an all-vegetable based shortening as compared to those shortenings made out of butter or animal fat.
In 1915, Procter and Gamble started selling 50 lb. drums to grocery stores so that the stores could sell the Crisco in smaller amounts to their clients.
In 1923, Procter and Gamble began advertising on the radio and started to promote to other ethnic groups. They also started selling cook books with Crisco as the star ingredient. Over the years, other variety of oils such as vegetable oil, corn oil, canola oil and coconut oil were developed They also added butter flavor to their vegetable shortening.
Information from: Grocery.com