Some are long and some are fat and not as long? In a nutshell...
You will notice and be familiar with one size versus
the other size depending on which coast you are on.
Yup, another East coast versus the West coast
except no battle here. That's good right!?!--
since battles often are not good unless it's a lip sync battle.
Don't worry I won't start going off on a tangent.
Back in the early 1960's there was a shortage of milk
in the West coast so milk was used just for milk and there
wasn't really any extra for cheeses, butter and such.
The West coast was a little behind than the East coast
and the machinery used could only make them in the
shorter, fatter size especially since there was a shortage
it worked at the time.
Although there is no shortage on the West coast anymore
especially since most of our dairy often comes from California
nowadays... they just stuck with the original sizes.
The longer ones are called "Elgins" simply because
that was the name of the company that made the long sticks
and the shorter ones are often called "Western stubbies"
Lastly, the box that the butter comes in was revolutionary
back in the day simply because it actually kept the
butter a little fresher longer than the tubs and cheese cloths
that they were originally wrapped in.
Basic measurements for butter are:
1 stick is equal to the following...
1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons = 1/4 lb
Zestfully, Let's Cultivate Food