Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oleo (Margerine) and Butter

Remembering that during the 2nd world War we couldn't get butter like before, so they came up with a product called Oleo and it was white in color with a orange colored ball in the center in a plastic bag that we had to break and knead it to make it look more like butter. It was not all that tasty either, as it was actually like lard that you colored. At first we had to punch, squeeze, stomp, or what ever to get the entire mess to turn yellow in the pkg. Then my mom came up with the idea to put it in the mixer so it wasn't as hard to get mixed up, but the only bad part of that was getting it off the blades after. At first we had to do it by hand, and that was a lot of work.
I remember mixing it a good deal of the time, so think mom got out of that slick.
Every so often my Grandfather would come to visit and bring us real butter that had been made on the farm that he worked on. Oh, what a treat we thought, but then the taste test and it was so strong tasting that I had a hard time eating it. Mom would say we should appreciate it as it was real butter, and not to turn our nose up at it. I don't know what they fed the cows to make it so strong. I guess you could get a taste for it but it would take a bit for that.


doodlestreet said...

Oh man, I think I would have given up butter or oleo or any other type of greasy stuff by then...ick.

Rayne said...

I am certainly glad they do a better job with margarine these days.
I am spoiled though and stick with butter. My Uncle used to have a huge dairy farm and I remember getting milk 'straight from the cow' for breakfast when we were visiting and I absolutely hated it!

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Anonymous said...

i can remember my mom using some kind of oil and to fry potato's in it they were gag worthy but if you were hungry on our old arkansas farm you down'd what you could but i was young does anyone know what kind of oil it would have been thanks for any info