Toasted Butter

Grandma Kc wrote this on December 6th, 2014 18 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

It is amazing that my sister and I never burned down the house. True, we set the backyard on fire more than once but it had to be pure luck that we didn’t torch the kitchen. Well, there was that one time I tried to set mom’s kitchen on fire making candles but that was in her apartment many years later and the fire department never had to come out so I don’t think it counts!

That old house was cold in the winter and so was the kitchen. One of the many things I remember about that kitchen was the toaster. It had a brown cloth covered cord and a big round plug that always scared me. At one time, it must have had a brown plastic lever on the side for putting the toast down but it had broken off. Now if you wanted to put your toast down you had to use the wrong end of a spoon or fork to press it down. The knob for adjusting the color of your toast was missing, too so if we ever wanted to make it lighter or darker we had to use a butter knife to turn it!

toaster full of crumbsMy sister and I both loved toast. In the wintertime, you knew that the butter was going to be hard even if it had been sitting out all night. It was really cold in that kitchen, how could the butter be anything else? But my sister and I came up with a solution to that problem. We would toast our bread and carefully spread the cold butter on it – doing our best not to tear wholes in our toast. Then we would put it back down in the toaster to melt the butter! Yep, we toasted our butter. I’m pretty sure our mom was aware that we did it and strangely, I don’t remember her ever getting angry with us or telling us to stop! Thinking back, I can’t believe we didn’t at least short out the toaster. I may have put peanut butter toast back down once or twice, too!

They sure don’t make toasters like that anymore!

18 thoughts on “Toasted Butter

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Oh my gosh, can you imagine what you would say if Amara tried that. LOL I put cold butter on toast and lay it on the top of the toaster where the remaining heat will melt the butter a little. But, I’m certainly going to be laughing the next time I do that thinking about you putting it in the toaster. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I hope Amara doesn’t read this and try it at home either! Her Mom couldn’t believe we had done this. I’m glad toast will now make you think of us!

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  2. Joyce

    There’s nothing as creative and ingenious as the ideas that hatch when two little sisters put their heads together to solve a problem! I remember those fabric covered cords and the big round plugs that came with them! Just love your stories! This one brings me right back into our kitchen among all those old appliances that just scream “the 50s!” now!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is fun to look back to a time when my sister and I conspired together. We wouldn’t always get along and it is fun to look back at the good times — even if we did run the risk of burning down the house!

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  3. KImberly

    Oh, I knew I liked you. Toast is my most favorite food. I have learned when the butter is cold, to put it in an iron skillet and then toast the bread in the skillet. Delicious.
    I’m guessing butter on the counter in California doesn’t get hard. While my kids were growing up, I never put the butter in the frig. My mom didn’t, so I didn’t. I was in for a big surprise when mine a grew up and moved away and it took a lot longer to use up a stick of butter. Butter does indeed spoil. Who knew?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your right about the butter on my counter here! There are times when you can pour it out of the butter dish so you have to resort to putting it in the fridge. We try to avoid running the AC but some times we have to do it for the sake of the butter!

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  4. Launna

    I did this with my sisters Kc… all I can say is wow… thank goodness we never started the whole house on fire… it tasted good though :-)

    My exam is over… now I can enjoy the holidays ;-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love knowing that there are other people who did it, too! Grampy and Jenna were both shocked!

      I am so glad your exams are over and that you did well — I knew you would! Relax and enjoy!

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  5. Olga

    You are a rank amateur. My family has been setting kitchen fires for generations. It is a proud tradition. Now I await my grandchildren’s turn

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  6. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Funny you should write on this as I was just the other day thinking about how WE used to do that as kids. But all seven of us would try to tattle on the others when they did it, for we were mean kiddos and didn’t want ANYone else doing anything that was a pleasure of any degree. Such meanness.

    I now do that any time I want. Kitchen fire — and siblings — be damned. :-P

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oddly when Judy and I were young we usually stuck together, maybe because of my mother. We didn’t get really mean until I was 12 and then it got really ugly.

      Now when you put that toast back down you can think of me!

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  7. Stephanie Faris

    Ahhh…life before toaster ovens! We actually have a toaster oven and it’s so hard to get everything cooked just right. When you put bread in the old-fashioned kind of toaster, you pretty much knew you’d get a consistently-toasted piece of bread every time. Not so much with the toaster oven. But I can’t say I ever put butter or peanut butter in the toaster!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I thought of you when I wrote this Deb. I could imagine you sitting there shaking your head and wondering what the two of us were up to now!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joy! It is amazing how much I seem to remember. As for that big old toaster, they don’t make them like that anymore!

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  8. Sandy

    You’re right, those weird cloth covered cords and big plugs on appliances back then were kind of creepy looking! I honestly don’t even remember making my own toast until I was a teenager, and I know I never melted butter inside the toaster (great idea though!). You have such a great memory compared to me!!

    My only fire experience in the kitchen didn’t even happen in the kitchen. It happened while I was working as the secretary for Hillsdale Police Department. I was toasting a Pop Tart in the toaster in the dispatch office. It was a frosted Pop Tart and I was chatting with the dispatcher while it toasted. I happened to turn around and noticed amazingly beautiful and quite big green flames coming up from the toaster!! Thankfully I didn’t have to call the fire department. But my Pop Tart was toasted – beyond recognition!

    Thanks for stirring such funny memories for all of us!! xoxo

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