School: An Churrach (Crogh), Árd Fhionáin (roll number 7911)

Curragh, Co. Tipperary
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Butter-Making in this Parish

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0572, Page 288

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Butter Making in the Parish.
Practically all the small farmers at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mts still make butter intheir own homes for their own use.
A great number now have separators but there are still a few who still set the milk in pans and skim the cream with a wooden plate called a skimmer.
Some who only have one cow make it in a gallon and there are one or two who make it in a teapot.
The churns used are a small barrel set on a frame and can be made turn with a handle. There is a small glass at the end and when this is clouded the butter has formed.
Others have a small barrel which they stand on a chair and twist the handle. this barrel does not turn itself at all.
There is also a glass churn in this Parish. It is a very new invention. The bowl is glass and the beaters are made of wood. The glass holds about 1 1/2 gls of cream.