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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