Mixing the 'Margarine'
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My memories of my childhood are many but the memory that stands out among my best, is my memory of being allowed the priviledge of mixing the 'Margarine'. When I was a child 'Margarine'.. or Ole
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Mixing the 'Margarine'

posted at 2/16/2010 1:36 AM EST
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My memories of my childhood are many but the memory that stands out among my best, is my memory of being allowed the priviledge of mixing the 'Margarine'. When I was a child 'Margarine'.. or Oleo as we now call it.. was never found in any stores anywhere. In fact where I grew up.. in the 'Dairy State' of Wisconsin.. it was considered un-loyal to our state to use 'Margarine'.
My dad would make special trips to Illinois, which crossed over our state border, just to purchase our 'Margarine'.
He would bring home the 1 pound blocks of white chunks, which looked like Lard or as I prefer to remember it.. white chocolate. There was no fancy packaging with it.. just plain wrapped white chunks. It was wrapped in what we would now call 'Parchment Paper' and there was no manufacturer or company connected with it.
With it was a clear packet of bright orange liquid. I was always excited to look for the orange packet and was dissappointed the very few times when someone had forgotten to include it to mix in. During those times we would be then be using white Margarine.. until the my Daddy's next trip came around.
I was given the job of mixing the white chunk in a bowl with the orange liquid. I did this with my hands.. yes with my hands! In those days no one worried about germs like now and we all lived to tell about it.. like I'm doing right now. Isn't it just AMAZING!
I would lovingly mix and mix until there was absolutely no white showing anymore, or until my hands got tired. My mom would then come over to quality check my work and transfer it all into a bowl to be used at a later date, for sandwiches and other things that required butter.

We loved 'Margarine', but some people in those days didn't and swore that they could tell the difference. They would never use this foreign substance called 'Margarine'!
On occasion my Mother would use our 'Margarine' into her creations or into a meal when we had company.
Those that swore they could always tell the difference and my Grandma was one.. never did know.. imagine that.

Mixing the 'Oleo'

posted at 2/16/2010 1:50 AM EST
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This was interesting, thank you for sharing. I never knew this.

Mixing the 'Oleo'

posted at 2/16/2010 2:01 AM EST
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Oh, yes I remember white oleo. We didn't have it often, but a few times my mother didn't have time to mix it and we had it white and thought it was treat.

Mixing the 'Oleo'

posted at 2/16/2010 5:19 AM EST
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I never heard of oleo before. I love your story. My Granny used to tell me so many stories of how she did things when she was growing up and this story made me think of her. THANK YOU

Mixing the 'Oleo'

posted at 2/16/2010 7:04 AM EST
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I too can remember taking trips to Illinois to get Oleo. I also live in WI.

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