School: Ballinakill (B.) (roll number 895)

Location:
Ballinakill, Co. Laois
Teacher:
William Hande

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Churning

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0831, Page 053

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Long ago people used to churn the milk with a dash churn. The churn was like a big barrel with a lid on top of it, and there was a hole in the middle of the lid for the handle of the dash to go through. When the people used to churn with the dash churn they used to churn all the milk. But, now they churn the cream only. It took about an hour to churn with the dash churn. The dash churn took longer to churn because there is not as much speed on it as there is on the other churns. When the churning is finished the lid and the sides of the churn are washed with cold water. Then the butter is put of a dish and is washed with cold water. Then it is salted and made into small rolls.

A gallon of cream would produce about four lbs of butter.
The dash churn is used in very few places now because it takes too long to churn with it.

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Collector
Peter Clinton
Gender
male
Address
Ballypickas Upper, Co. Laois
Informant
Annie Fingleton
Relation
relative (other than parent or grandparent)
Gender
female
Occupation
dress-maker
Address
Ballypickas Upper, Co. Laois
Language
English