Vicious Vikings…or were they?

In our Science lesson this week, we were required to help prove a scientist’s belief that the Vikings have been misunderstood and misrepresented as a primitive civilisation.

We examined how the Vikings used science to make food much more edible, nutritious and longer-lasting. We then looked at examples of Viking farming, foods and food production methods and identified that milk was an important food for the Vikings.

We were then tasked with making butter. Here is what we did.

  1. Pour double cream into a jam jar
  2. Screw on the lid and start shaking to churn the butter
  3. Continue until the butterfat and buttermilk begins to separate
  4. Pour the contents through a sieve to catch the butterfat. Dispose of the buttermilk
  5. Dip the sieve into a bowl of very cold water to wash the remaining buttermilk off the butterfat
  6. Tip the washed butter onto a chopping board and use kitchen paper to pat it dry
  7. Sprinkle a very small pinch of salt onto the butterfat. Mix it together and lift the butter onto a square of tin foil. Roll it and twist it into a neat package ready to refrigerate


See our butter making process below!