When I started this year, I knew that butter was highly rationed. From what I have been following… butter costs 16 points per pound (that is most of my meat/ dairy rations for the whole week). So at the beginning of this experiment, I bought my pound of butter and got ready to sssttttrrrreeeeeeccchhh.
To preserve my stretched butter – I only kept one stick of butter in the fridge, and the rest stayed in the freezer. I did not know how I would do in keeping butter.
Much to my surprise… I finally used up the last of my pound of butter this week when I made a peach pie to share with my workplace. I cannot believe my pound of butter lasted almost a full year.
How can this be?
Well I will state- in my regular life… I was not a big butter eater. I liked butter on hot toast or beagles and often I fried my eggs in butter. I use butter in making sweet breads and other baking… but that is it.
As I started this project – I knew butter was special and I tended to only use it on very special occasions. I served it when guests came over, and used a full quarter of my supply to make an English breakfast, complete with scones and lemon curd, for a work party. I rarely used butter for my food (except squash – nothing tastes better then butter on fresh baked squash).
I did discover… I use oil and Crisco in everything else. Oil and Crisco were rationed, but they only cost 5 points per pound/ quart. Most baking, a person can cut the oil in half anyways and it still tastes great. When stretching meat… most of what I at were hot dishes made of a mixture of vegetables and meat. Rarely did I add any oil or such. Even this Christmas, I did not have time to make butter Christmas cookies because I was sewing a wedding dress for my sister-in-law. So no butter used.
After all this… I was shocked to realize that I had grabbed a handful of butter packets when I was at a restaurant. I had 4 containers of butter… and I used every single one on one piece of bread! I never eat butter on my bread unless it is toasted. But no, I realized that I missed eating butter. Ohhhh…. It tasted sooooo gooood! I did not realize how much I missed butter – how wonder it tastes. The subtle sweet cream and the slightly salty that blends so well with the taste of bread. I have to say that after not eating butter for most of the year –I LOVE BUTTER and I have MISSED BUTTER!
I would not have known this if I had not given it up for so long.