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Bog Butter

Butter in a pot in a bog, delivered to your door
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1. I am genuinely suprised and disappointed that Food: Butter does not have any sub-categories. I suggest for this idea Food: Butter: packaging.

2. Bog butter is widely known to exist, but only as an antiquarian curiosity, and not as a comestible. Also production seems to have stopped some time ago.

3. Gourmet butter is widely known to exist, in the form of organic butter, unpasteurised butter with hand-chipped free-range himalayan sea salt crystals individually applied to the surface of each pat, and single-origin butter from cattle grazing rare-breed-grass meadows, etc.

I propose a new home delivery service offering newly manufactured bog butter. The butter is sourced from the highest quality and most expensive dairy herds, and is hand churned etc. etc. and then packaged in beautifully handcrafted wooden pots. The pots are then embeded in specially cut slices of bog. The bog is sliced using a coring machine; a core about 30cm diameter and 6ocm deep is extracted from the bog, and then a smaller core about 20cm diameter is extracted from the larger core. The ends of the smaller core are sliced off to form lids. Then the two circular lids, and the annular larger core, can be assembled in a sturdy clear glass container, with the wooden pot safely nestled within (the size of the pot and the size of the cores should be matched so that the pot is tightly embedded within the turf). Spare bog water can be used to top up the packaging to the optimum moisture content before fixing down the glass lid somewhat like a Kilner jar. A very discrete printed label is fixed on the outside before the whole thing is packaged ina sturdy carton for shipping.

The butter connoiseur can either open the entire thing at once and serve it as is, perhaps with the wooden pot resting on a heap of the turf, as an unusual dinner-table centrepiece. Or, perhaps collectors will start buying this fresh and laying it down in cellars, anticipating a secondary market of fine aged bog butters. Only the real investors with a long-term outlook will be able to wait for a couple of thousand years for the real distinctive flavours to develop, but I think it should be rather nice even if eaten a bit young.

pocmloc, Jun 18 2019

https://www.jstor.org/stable/30001649 [pocmloc, Jun 18 2019]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog [pocmloc, Jun 19 2019]

Images https://www.google....gB&biw=1280&bih=616
Google [Skewed, Jun 21 2019]

full explanation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog_butter
wikipedia [Skewed, Jun 21 2019]

It looks delicious https://www.theheal...-butter-secrets.jpg
All smooth and creamy. [blissmiss, Jun 22 2019]


       Translate 'bog' to Americanese please. Marshland? Toilet? Wales?
RayfordSteele, Jun 18 2019

       ... or maybe builders' bog (a kind of filler), or what bogger drivers work with (blasted rock in tunnels) ...
pertinax, Jun 19 2019

       //Translate 'bog' to Americanese please// Not sure that's possible, sorry.   

       Bog is a kind of wetland, but It's not marshland, and it's not swamp, and it's not fen, it's bog.
pocmloc, Jun 19 2019

       Peat is probably a necessary component. The term "peat bog" is widely used.   

       Wetlands go by many names. They may be intertidal, on river margins, or distant from watercourses. Cypress and mangrove swamps have trees; fens typically have rushes and reeds. The water may be fresh*, brackish, or saline. There flow rate can vary from zero to quite high values in tidal areas.   

       Terms like bog, mire, swamp, fen marsh and slough have specific technical meanings but are often misapplied. In Canada, there's Muskeg, a specific type of treacherous wetland.   

       *for a given value of "fresh". While the liquid may be non-saline, drinking any would probably be a mistake.
8th of 7, Jun 19 2019

       Sorry, but I got all bogged down in this just trying to figure out what "bog" is doing as an ingredient in anything except mud wrestling. Ha. Get it???
blissmiss, Jun 19 2019

       In some contexts, "bog" is used, by synecdoche, to refer to rural Ireland, and I suspect that's the context here. "Cut slices of bog" would in fact be peat. Peat-cutting is a real thing. Normally it's done so that the peat can be dried and used as fuel in places that don't have enough trees or accessible coal deposits. But I suppose you could make very fragile and pointless lids out of it, as proposed here.
pertinax, Jun 19 2019

       [pertinax], Gracias for the explanation. Sooooo, that being said...I'm not sure about the idea.
blissmiss, Jun 20 2019

       The idea is a joke about ways of adding snob value to simple commodities like butter or salt, I think.
pertinax, Jun 20 2019

       I think most people will be interested by a 4.8-meter-tall bottle, but won't buy it because they won't be able to take it home. Though I guess that could enhance the snobbery— you can only practically buy this stuff if you have a limousine (or box truck) and high ceilings.   

       Wait. I misread that. 0.48 m tall. Okay. Not much less convenient than a wine bottle (also a thing that there is snobbery about).
notexactly, Jun 21 2019


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