2,000-Year-Old Edible Butter Found In Ireland (Video)

June 14, 2016 Updated: June 14, 2016

Before refrigerators became a regular household appliance, people had to find inventive ways to keep their dairy products fresh. Throwing the delicate edibles into bogs was one solution, and based on a recent discovery, it was pretty effective.

A 2,000-year-old, 22-pound hunk of butter found in an Irish bog not long ago is believed to still be edible. At present, the giant mound of dairy is being examined at the Cavan County Museum.

The institution notes that back in the day, butter had such great value it was sometimes used to pay serious bills like rent and taxes. Butter was also deemed a food fit for the gods, and as such was buried as an offering to them.

Experts believe that may have been the case with this discovery, as not only was it never retrieved, the product was lacking a protective covering.