A Brief History of Bog Butter

Yup. Our Irish ancestors (okay, my Irish ancestors) used to put their butter and cheese in peat bogs.  These ancient blocks of butter and cheese are being studied by archeologists. They may have been deposited in bogs as form of cold storage, a religious offering, or for some other still unknown reason. Some of these big globs of bog butter are thousands of years old.

Writing for Smithsonian.org Jason Daley writes, “In 2009, a 77-pound, 3,000-year-old oak barrel of the stuff was found in County Kildare. In 2013, a turf cutter in County Offaly found a 100-pound, 5,000-year-old chunk. Many examples of the butter are found in Irish museums, including the place dedicated to the golden spread, Cork’s Butter Museum.”

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