Letter Re: Canned Butter Versus Butter Powder

Sunday, Dec 4, 2005

Hello James,
The Blog just keeps getting better and better. Kudos!

I'm in the "luxury" stage of my pantry building and recently calculated the cost/benefit of storing butter. I figure butter would not only provide a psychological boost during bleak times, but would make a great barter item as well.

I looked at three different methods:

1, Canned Butter Powder - Storage life of 6 to 8 years. Requires reconstituting. Cost per pound of table ready product - $8.45

2. Canned Butter - Storage life of 3 to 5 years. Requires no reconstitution. Cost per pound of table ready product - $5.26

3. Can your own. (www.endtimesreport.com/canning_butter.html) Storage life of 3 to 5 years. Cost per pound (buying butter at a shoppers club) - $1.69, plus cost of jars.

So... if I'm willing to provide the labor, I can stock up on real butter for less than half the cost of the butter powder, even factoring in a 50 percent shorter shelf life with the home-processed product. I've found that's a pretty typical spread between rolling your own or paying for someone else to spice and dice. - Dutch in Wyoming

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