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Old butter

  1. Sep 17, 2009 #1


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    3,000-year-old butter found in Kildare bog
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    An oak barrel, full of butter, estimated to be roughly 3,000 years old has been found in Gilltown bog, between Timahoe and Staplestown.The amazing discovery of the barrel, which is being described by archaeology experts in the National Museum as a "really fine example" was found by two Bord na Mona workers.
    Note: "It's a national treasure, you can't be going hacking bits of it off for your toast!"
    Prehistoric find attracted crows when dug out of bog.

    Would this be the oldest ever man made food found.
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  3. Sep 17, 2009 #2
    how does butter last 3000 years? surely it would have melted or been eventually eaten by bacteria/fungus/someone with toast :tongue:
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    Molds, fungi and bacteria do not do well on butter because it's nearly pure fat with little moisture. The occasional addition of salt makes it even less palatable to microorganisms. It is likely to be still entirely edible, if rather rancid.
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    Now thats a great find, I'd really enjoy examining it more closely.
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