from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus or tool for freeing butter from buttermilk.
  • n. A creamery apparatus for pressing the buttermilk out of freshly made butter, working in the salt, and bringing the butter to a condition for use or shipment to market. There are several types of such machines, all consisting essentially of one or more plain or fluted rolls that traverse with a rolling motion over or through the butter, which is spread out in a thin cake upon a tray. In small hand-machines the trays are stationary; in power-machines the trays revolve and carry the butter under rolls revolving in a fixed position. In one type of machine the butter is placed in a revolving drum. Butter-workers and churns are sometimes united in one machine. See churn.


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  • The larger room was of course the butter factory, and was equipped with up-to-date appliances, -- aërator, Pasteurizer, cooler, separator, Babcock tester, swing churn, butter-worker, and so on.

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  • This combined churn and butter-worker completes the process of butter-making, and when the golden mass is taken out it is ready to be packed for the English market.


  • Then Aunt Abigail let her run the curiously shaped wooden butter-worker back and forth over the butter, squeezing out the water, and then pile it up again with her wooden paddle into a mound of gold.

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  • It was only after I'd turned the thing over in my mind, as I helped Struthers put together our new butter-worker, that I saw he really referred to Casa Grande.

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  • The salt can be added while the butter is still in the churn or after it is put upon the butter-worker.

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