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Title: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 04:19:50 PM
Real butter.  We have 2 butter dishes and when one is low, I put a stick in the clean one so it will be nice and soft for use.  I keep the dish on the counter.  DH insists on putting it in the cabinet on top of the dinner plates.  It drives me CRAZY! 

There can be coffee drippings and dirty dishes all around the kitchen but gosh darnit, he puts the butter in the cupboard, so its not a neatness thing.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on March 27, 2013, 04:23:11 PM
I keep a stick in a sealed rubbermaid container on my counter.  If someone put it in the cupboard I'd be lost.  It took me a while to break DH of putting it in the fridge, but that's because his mother doesn't use stick butter for bread and such, only for cooking.  She has a tub of margarine for spreading.  Once DH realized that having butter to spread on bread was much nicer than dealing with the stick straight out of the fridge, he got the counter thing really fast  :)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Shoo on March 27, 2013, 04:23:21 PM
I keep my butter in the refrigerator.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bah12 on March 27, 2013, 04:25:11 PM
I used to be a strict 'in the refrigerator' person, but DH insists on having soft/room temperature butter available at all times.  He bought me a beautiful butter dish that we keep on the kitchen counter near the olive oil bottle (another pretty bottle I bought specifically to keep the olive oil in and out on the counter...since I use it all the time).  I'm a neat freak...especially when it comes to clutter on countertops and am very picky about what can be left out.  The butter thing was a big compromise for me...but the pretty dish helped :)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: GratefulMaria on March 27, 2013, 04:29:00 PM
We are carb-deprived here so don't need butter to be softened unless I'm baking something.  I keep between one and two pounds in the freezer and a current stick in the fridge.  DS1 and DS2 and their GFs do eat bread, etc., though, so I like the idea of a room temp -- counter top, if you please -- storage option.  Has anyone tried a crock like Butter Bell or something?
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 04:31:05 PM
I used to be a strict 'in the refrigerator' person, but DH insists on having soft/room temperature butter available at all times.  He bought me a beautiful butter dish that we keep on the kitchen counter near the olive oil bottle (another pretty bottle I bought specifically to keep the olive oil in and out on the counter...since I use it all the time).  I'm a neat freak...especially when it comes to clutter on countertops and am very picky about what can be left out.  The butter thing was a big compromise for me...but the pretty dish helped :)

Can you recommend one?  I have looked to no avail, however not in a long time.  If it is not a clear butter dish he will never open it so it will never be put in the cupboard. :P
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Lynnv on March 27, 2013, 04:32:00 PM
A pound (or two) in the freezer, depending on when the last sale was.  A pound or less, depending on how much has been used since the box got opened, is in the fridge. 

Up to a stick on the counter in a butter dish.  That way it is soft and ready to use when we need it.....oh wait, no.  It is never ready.  There is usually one TINY sliver of butter left when I got to use it since DH used all but that sliver and didn't put out a new stick.   ::)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Sophia on March 27, 2013, 04:33:16 PM
The rare times I ate bread with butter on it, I like my bread warm.  So, butter stays in the fridge.  Except when I'm baking, then I put the right amount in the KitchenAid hours ahead.
I used to have the Fiesta butter dish, but the lid broke
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Shoo on March 27, 2013, 04:33:36 PM
I guess I had a disconnect.  We don't eat butter on a regular basis, so that's why we always keep it in the refrigerator.  I guess if we used it all the time, or at least often enough that it wouldn't go bad sitting out of the refrigerator, I'd put it in a pretty covered butter dish.  The clear glass kind that looks like crystal.  And I'd put it on the counter nearest the toaster.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 04:33:49 PM
We are carb-deprived here so don't need butter to be softened unless I'm baking something.  I keep between one and two pounds in the freezer and a current stick in the fridge.  DS1 and DS2 and their GFs do eat bread, etc., though, so I like the idea of a room temp -- counter top, if you please -- storage option.  Has anyone tried a crock like Butter Bell or something?

The water part kinda puts me off. I am open if someone can explain it better than I understand it.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 04:35:49 PM
A pound (or two) in the freezer, depending on when the last sale was.  A pound or less, depending on how much has been used since the box got opened, is in the fridge. 

Up to a stick on the counter in a butter dish.  That way it is soft and ready to use when we need it.....oh wait, no.  It is never ready.  There is usually one TINY sliver of butter left when I got to use it since DH used all but that sliver and didn't put out a new stick.   ::)

HA!  That is why I bought a second dish! 

A few months ago my grocery had it for $2.00 a pound!  HUGE sale.  UMM, the 20 bucks worth of butter is gone.  yeah, we like butter.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Bijou on March 27, 2013, 04:37:29 PM
I keep mine in the refrigerator.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Judah on March 27, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
I bake a lot, so I stock up when it's on sale and keep it in the freezer until I need it.  I keep one stick in the butter dish on the counter for daily use.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Seven Ate Nine on March 27, 2013, 04:39:07 PM
We are carb-deprived here so don't need butter to be softened unless I'm baking something.  I keep between one and two pounds in the freezer and a current stick in the fridge.  DS1 and DS2 and their GFs do eat bread, etc., though, so I like the idea of a room temp -- counter top, if you please -- storage option.  Has anyone tried a crock like Butter Bell or something?

The water part kinda puts me off. I am open if someone can explain it better than I understand it.

I have one, but the only time I used it the weather was extremely warm so the butter slid out of the bowl into the water.  As long as it's not super warm, you use a small amount of water, and that forms a seal so that the bell is airtight.  My sister has one and she loves it.  You change the water every few days to keep it fresh, and unless the butter melts it never touches the water.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 04:46:41 PM
We are carb-deprived here so don't need butter to be softened unless I'm baking something.  I keep between one and two pounds in the freezer and a current stick in the fridge.  DS1 and DS2 and their GFs do eat bread, etc., though, so I like the idea of a room temp -- counter top, if you please -- storage option.  Has anyone tried a crock like Butter Bell or something?

The water part kinda puts me off. I am open if someone can explain it better than I understand it.

I have one, but the only time I used it the weather was extremely warm so the butter slid out of the bowl into the water.  As long as it's not super warm, you use a small amount of water, and that forms a seal so that the bell is airtight.  My sister has one and she loves it.  You change the water every few days to keep it fresh, and unless the butter melts it never touches the water.

Thanks!  that is why I don't think it would be good for me.  I live in a humid climate.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 27, 2013, 05:02:10 PM
When it is on sale, I buy a lot - usually 6 pounds of salted (for eating) and 6 pounds of unsalted (for baking).  I freeze it until I need it.  I keep a pound or two in the fridge.  Then I cut one pound up into about 5 pieces (doesn't come in sticks here unless I want to pay about double) and put them in little Tupperware containers.  One stays on the counter; the rest I keep in the fridge until the counter one is getting low/empty.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: mmswm on March 27, 2013, 05:07:40 PM
A pound (or two) in the freezer, depending on when the last sale was.  A pound or less, depending on how much has been used since the box got opened, is in the fridge. 

Up to a stick on the counter in a butter dish.  That way it is soft and ready to use when we need it.....oh wait, no.  It is never ready.  There is usually one TINY sliver of butter left when I got to use it since DH used all but that sliver and didn't put out a new stick.   ::)

HA!  That is why I bought a second dish! 

A few months ago my grocery had it for $2.00 a pound!  HUGE sale.  UMM, the 20 bucks worth of butter is gone.  yeah, we like butter.

I've met my peoples!  We also had it go on sale for that price about the same time.  There are 7 people in this house and we've gone through about 15lbs of butter in the last month.  Buttered bread is sort of like water around here, and then there's my cookie baking habit...

To answer the OP, there's usually a pound or two in the fridge, 10lbs or so in the freezer, and a half pound on two separate butter dishes out.  One dish lives near the toaster and the other lives on the dining room table.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 27, 2013, 05:13:22 PM
My home is never less then 75 degrees (I know this because coconut oil is always a liquid in my home), often closer to 80. I would like butter on the counter but would fear it would get way too soft. I keep it in the refrigerator. Before a dinner party or something I only need to take it out about 10-15 minutes in advance for it to soften considerably.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: rose red on March 27, 2013, 05:19:12 PM
Refrigerator, since I rarely use butter.  Not that you asked the reason ;), but I didn't grow up eatting butter unless it's baked into pastries someone outside my family baked.  Nowadays I like it on potatoes and corn, but those are rare treats due to health reasons.  I like bread/toast plain.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bah12 on March 27, 2013, 05:27:06 PM
I used to be a strict 'in the refrigerator' person, but DH insists on having soft/room temperature butter available at all times.  He bought me a beautiful butter dish that we keep on the kitchen counter near the olive oil bottle (another pretty bottle I bought specifically to keep the olive oil in and out on the counter...since I use it all the time).  I'm a neat freak...especially when it comes to clutter on countertops and am very picky about what can be left out.  The butter thing was a big compromise for me...but the pretty dish helped :)

Can you recommend one?  I have looked to no avail, however not in a long time.  If it is not a clear butter dish he will never open it so it will never be put in the cupboard. :P

Mine is a polish pottery one...you can get them on military bases in BX/PXs for sure...I haven't seen them anywhere else except online.  And it's not clear...I would not be able to handle clear, because I woulnd't want to actually see the butter (maybe that's the deal with your DH...)!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zilla on March 27, 2013, 05:53:34 PM
I buy an European butter block and whip it with an unflavored oil to keep It spreadable. I then keep it in the fridge.a
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: JenJay on March 27, 2013, 06:03:31 PM
My Costco sells Kerrygold butter so we get two 3-stick (8oz per stick) packs every two weeks and they live in the freezer. We defrost one at a time and keep it in a sealed Tupperware container in the fridge. I didn't realize you could leave real butter out at room temp. Will it last for just a few days? A week? DH and I don't eat bread but the kids do and I know they'd prefer it soft, especially for making grilled cheese!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bansidhe on March 27, 2013, 06:06:49 PM
Wait...people keep butter out on the counter on a permanent basis? As in it never goes into the refrigerator? I had no idea that was even possible!

I've always got a couple of sticks in the fridge and more in the freezer for later use, as I bake quite a bit.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: mmswm on March 27, 2013, 06:08:24 PM
My Costco sells Kerrygold butter so we get two 3-stick (8oz per stick) packs every two weeks and they live in the freezer. We defrost one at a time and keep it in a sealed Tupperware container in the fridge. I didn't realize you could leave real butter out at room temp. Will it last for just a few days? A week? DH and I don't eat bread but the kids do and I know they'd prefer it soft, especially for making grilled cheese!

A stick of butter isn't likely to last a whole day in this house.  Before I moved back in with my parents, one might last two days, but never any longer than that.  You might find that if soft butter is readily available, the kids will start eating more buttered bread and grilled cheese, so it won't last very long.  How long it will actually stay good, I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Debbie506 on March 27, 2013, 06:19:23 PM
I'm in Canada, and as we both work we keep our house coolish at 18C during the day in the winter months.  I generally keep a 1/3 Cup of butter (max) in a decorative butter dish on the counter October to March or April for my toast or rolls, but DH is supposed to use low cholesterol spreadable marg (like Becel) so that  stays in the fridge.   Once spring/summer arrives, it gets too warm to keep my butter on the counter,it starts to taste "off", so I try to remember to bring it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before I need it.  I keep the rest of my pound of butter in the fridge, but I am thrilled to hear from all of you that I can freeze extra pounds if it is on sale!  Never even crossed my mind, but you can be sure I will start doing that!  Does  it change the texture or anything I should be aware of? (I don't bake much, most of my butter is spread on bread...)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: jedikaiti on March 27, 2013, 06:23:16 PM
We typically have a stick or two in the fridge, and the rest in the freezer. If it's left out on the counter for very long, it is presumed to have turned and goes in the trash. I might consider leaving it out if we had a butter bell, but we really don't use enough for it to be worth it.

Also, all butter in our house is unsalted.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 06:25:10 PM
I'm in Canada, and as we both work we keep our house coolish at 18C during the day in the winter months.  I generally keep a 1/3 Cup of butter (max) in a decorative butter dish on the counter October to March or April for my toast or rolls, but DH is supposed to use low cholesterol spreadable marg (like Becel) so that  stays in the fridge.   Once spring/summer arrives, it gets too warm to keep my butter on the counter,it starts to taste "off", so I try to remember to bring it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before I need it.  I keep the rest of my pound of butter in the fridge, but I am thrilled to hear from all of you that I can freeze extra pounds if it is on sale!  Never even crossed my mind, but you can be sure I will start doing that!  Does  it change the texture or anything I should be aware of? (I don't bake much, most of my butter is spread on bread...)

Freezing it does not change a thing! 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: CrochetFanatic on March 27, 2013, 07:05:01 PM
We stock up when it's on sale, and put most of it in the freezer.  There's always a couple of sticks in the fridge, and we've got the Rubbermaid container thing going as well so that we have soft butter if we need it.  We sort of have to, because when we got the cats they discovered that they liked butter a lot more than we did.  The soft butter container is on the microwave.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 27, 2013, 07:08:59 PM
Re: freezing:  I do find that some cheap butters are crumbly when I go to cut them into pieces after the pound has been frozen.  But good quality ones?  No issue.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: PastryGoddess on March 27, 2013, 07:09:30 PM
1 stick in a butter dish during the cooler months and the rest in the freezer.  During the warmer months, we leave it in the fridge and take it out as needed.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Library Dragon on March 27, 2013, 07:11:35 PM
When it is on sale, I buy a lot - usually 6 pounds of salted (for eating) and 6 pounds of unsalted (for baking).  I freeze it until I need it.  I keep a pound or two in the fridge.  Then I cut one pound up into about 5 pieces (doesn't come in sticks here unless I want to pay about double) and put them in little Tupperware containers.  One stays on the counter; the rest I keep in the fridge until the counter one is getting low/empty.

What are you doing in my kitchen? ;)
My butter is all unsalted.  I will also some organic butter in the fridge too for special dishes.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 07:13:47 PM
To those that asked, you can certainly keep butter out.  I have no idea how long it lasts, ours is always gone before it goes bad.  We use butter everyday.  Well Dh and DS do.  When I want some it is always a sliver left which lead to the second dish.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 07:18:50 PM
Re: freezing:  I do find that some cheap butters are crumbly when I go to cut them into pieces after the pound has been frozen.  But good quality ones?  No issue.

I have not had that problem.  Maybe let it soften more?
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MorgnsGrl on March 27, 2013, 07:21:58 PM
Refrigerator. We usually have at least two or three pounds, since I bake weekly. We buy a spreadable-when-cold butter/olive oil spread for things like toast etc, so we don't really need room-temp butter.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: audrey1962 on March 27, 2013, 07:46:48 PM
The lesson I learned as a child: always cover the butter when you leave it on the counter or else the cats will lick it. Since we didn't have a cover for a time, we put the butter in the cupboard near the plates. Seriously.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Bluenomi on March 27, 2013, 07:52:55 PM
Can you not get spreadable butter in the US? I don't know any Aussies who keep butter out of the fridge. Most people have tubs of spreadable butter or marg in the fridge and only use stick butter for cooking which also lives in the fridge.

The weirdest little things are different between countries  ;D
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MorgnsGrl on March 27, 2013, 07:53:54 PM
The lesson I learned as a child: always cover the butter when you leave it on the counter or else the cats will lick it. Since we didn't have a cover for a time, we put the butter in the cupboard near the plates. Seriously.

We had a small dog when I was growing up and she would get up on the table and eat a whole stick of butter if it was left out -- I wonder if that's why when I started to live on my own I felt that butter should be in the fridge!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 27, 2013, 08:06:03 PM
The lesson I learned as a child: always cover the butter when you leave it on the counter or else the cats will lick it. Since we didn't have a cover for a time, we put the butter in the cupboard near the plates. Seriously.

The cats do love butter!  I have them covered.  DH had no pets growing up so I don't know what he is thinking. 

BTW he also puts peanut butter in the fridge and jelly in the cupboard.  Go figure.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: #borecore on March 27, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
Can you not get spreadable butter in the US? I don't know any Aussies who keep butter out of the fridge. Most people have tubs of spreadable butter or marg in the fridge and only use stick butter for cooking which also lives in the fridge.

The weirdest little things are different between countries  ;D

No, it's pretty common, actually. I'm totally shocked by this keeping butter out on the counter stuff.

We keep a butter dish in the fridge sometimes with soy margarine, but we more often have a tub of the spreadable stuff in the fridge. It takes us months (2-3) to go through a small tub. I rarely bake with butter, so if I have it at all I keep it in the freezer.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Library Dragon on March 27, 2013, 09:08:52 PM
I would end up in divorce court if I tried to serve soy margarine.   :D

I have made my own butter-olive oil spread.  The whipped butter that's easier to spread tends to be more expensive.  Not having cats or dogs pets aren't a problem my butter on the counter.  It is used fairly quickly and never goes bad. 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Jaelle on March 27, 2013, 09:19:21 PM
Wait...people keep butter out on the counter on a permanent basis? As in it never goes into the refrigerator? I had no idea that was even possible!

I've always got a couple of sticks in the fridge and more in the freezer for later use, as I bake quite a bit.

You're not alone! I'm stunned too. And now I want to try it.  ;)

Ours is in the fridge. We generally only use it for baking, though.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: WillyNilly on March 27, 2013, 09:55:22 PM
Can you not get spreadable butter in the US? I don't know any Aussies who keep butter out of the fridge. Most people have tubs of spreadable butter or marg in the fridge and only use stick butter for cooking which also lives in the fridge.

The weirdest little things are different between countries  ;D

Of course you can!  But ounce for ounce its a lot more expensive. Or its not pure butter.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: mmswm on March 27, 2013, 10:33:19 PM
The lesson I learned as a child: always cover the butter when you leave it on the counter or else the cats will lick it. Since we didn't have a cover for a time, we put the butter in the cupboard near the plates. Seriously.

My old cat, Booger (RIP) could sniff out uncovered butter from a mile away.  He was a large Maine Coon, so getting into the cabinets was a piece of cake for him.  Butter dishes had to be the plastic ones that snapped shut or he'd bat them onto the floor and nom away.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: amylouky on March 27, 2013, 11:49:08 PM
Wait...people keep butter out on the counter on a permanent basis? As in it never goes into the refrigerator? I had no idea that was even possible!

I've always got a couple of sticks in the fridge and more in the freezer for later use, as I bake quite a bit.

You're not alone! I'm stunned too. And now I want to try it.  ;)

Ours is in the fridge. We generally only use it for baking, though.

Me too. Not keeping the butter in the fridge has never even been an option for me.
I think having softened butter would make toast eating soooo much more pleasant. I think I have a bit of bread-specific OCD.. whatever is spread on my bread has to be spread more or less evenly, which is hard to accomplish with cold butter.
Does anyone know how long it will last on the counter? We generally keep our house around 68-70.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bansidhe on March 28, 2013, 12:39:06 AM
Wait...people keep butter out on the counter on a permanent basis? As in it never goes into the refrigerator? I had no idea that was even possible!

I've always got a couple of sticks in the fridge and more in the freezer for later use, as I bake quite a bit.

You're not alone! I'm stunned too. And now I want to try it.  ;)

Ours is in the fridge. We generally only use it for baking, though.

I only use it for baking, too. And I don't think I'll try keeping mine on the counter. Pretty sure the reason I've never seen anyone store butter like that is that I live in southern Arizona and most of the year it would wind up as a puddle in short order.  :)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zen on March 28, 2013, 01:00:50 AM
We have about six pounds of unsalted in the freezer, and a pound in the fridge. We put a tablespoon or so out on the counter in a covered butter thing, and rotate it out every couple of days. If left longer, it goes bad. If we use salted, it gathers water out of the air (we also have to store the salt carefully, if left out of a sealed bag it gets too moist to use). If we leave it uncovered it attracts geckos and bugs (maybe the bugs are why I've found a gecko in the butter twice?). We live in a high humidity, always warm area of Hawaii.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: PastryGoddess on March 28, 2013, 01:58:24 AM
The more hot and humid it is, the quicker your butter will go bad.  There are spreadable butters here in the US and lots of people buy them.  I like the taste of pure unsalted butter, I just don't like the mix of oil and butter.

Using a crock or a butter dish that uses water as a seal helps the butter to stay fresh longer
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: crella on March 28, 2013, 03:08:32 AM
In the fridge. Summers are hot here, and we had cats for almost 20 years, so it's just a habit to keep it there.  In the morning I soften up as much as we'll need in the microwave, 10-20 seconds is enough. Not enough to melt it, just soften it up.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Bethalize on March 28, 2013, 03:09:36 AM
The Lakeland insulated butter dish keeps my butter soft in the winter and solid in the summer.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: LTrew on March 28, 2013, 04:05:39 AM
I bought a beautiful butter bell from Germany, but it was a bit too big for us so I've put it up and just buy spreadable Lurpak which stays in the fridge.  Maybe when my boys are bigger and start eating us out of house and home the butter bell will come back.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Margo on March 28, 2013, 06:46:11 AM
How long it keeps will depend on the temp of your house. Most butter dishes I've come across are designed to keep the butter cooler than it would be it t were just sitting out, but less cold than a fridge. I have one like this http://www.henrywatson.com/retail-shop/collections/original-suffolk-terracotta/original-suffolk-terracotta-butter-box (http://www.henrywatson.com/retail-shop/collections/original-suffolk-terracotta/original-suffolk-terracotta-butter-box)

In very hot weather I sit it on a plate in a little water, which 'wicks' up through the unglazed terracotta and keeps the dish a little cooler.

Before refridgerators were common, things such as butter and cheese would typically be kept in the pantry, which was generally cooler than the rest of the house. i don't currently have a pantry but my grandmother did, an she would always keep cheese and butter in the pantry, not the fridge, as they tasted better and (in the case of the butter) it's easier to spread.

We can get spreadable butter here but it does not taste quite the same as 'real' butter, so I still prefer the solid kind,and keeping a small quantity out means I have it available to spread on bread or toast when I want it. as long as it is kept covered it lasts a couple of weeks with no problems.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: oogyda on March 28, 2013, 10:08:22 AM
This thread reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend way back when.

She was horrified that I kept my "butter" out on the cupboard. 

Me: It's margarine, so it doesn't matter.  I keep the real butter in the fridge.
Her: That doesn't matter, it can still go bad.
Me:  Where do you keep your cooking oil?
Her: In the cupboard.
Me: Does it go bad?
Her: No. It's vegetable oil.
Me: That's what margarine is.  I suppose it could go bad after a good long time, but it doesn't last that long.

Then we checked the label on the margarine. 

Nowadays, it depends.  I use butter primarily for cooking, but have about 1/4 pound out and softened when kids and grandkids are here. 

I am going to get a butter bell as soon as I remember to stop at this one store when I go by when it's open. 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: LibraryLady on March 28, 2013, 10:22:33 AM
We keep our butter out on the counter by the toaster (west Texas).  The house will get up to 80 deg. F in the winter and of low 60s in the winter.  Like others who posted, butter was kept in the pantry or maybe ice box (old fashioned refrigerator that had a block of ice in it for coolness) - I can remember my granny talking about it.  Granny was born in in 1885 and at 95. 

Aunt Hattie - Granny's sister- would make a pound cake out of old butter.   You would leave the butter in the bowl, covered with a plate out for 2-3-4 weeks. TNow this was home=made butter from Aunt Ila's cow Dawn.   It would give the cake a distinct flavor.  I have the recipe if anyone wants it.

In today's homes, butter will not go rancid in a day or two.  It would have to left out, in an un-airconditioned home for quite a long time before it goes "bad" and even then if you used it for baking, it probably would not make you ill.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: AnnaJ on March 28, 2013, 10:23:34 AM
A butter bell, and heat really isn't an issue.   I live in a place where it's 100 degrees plus for four months of the year - yes, we have air conditioning but there are limits to how cool you can keep the house - and the bell works fine.  We just put fresh, cool water in it every morning in the summer and it keeps butter for up to three days; it might last longer, but that's the longest we've had a stick of butter last.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: jaxsue on March 28, 2013, 12:07:14 PM
I always keep my sticks of butter in the fridge. It's a habit from when I lived in FL. I still keep my flour in the freezer, too. In FL the heat and humidity made proper food storage necessary. Now I'm in NJ, but still doing things the same way.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Moray on March 28, 2013, 12:51:05 PM
I keep a single stick on the counter in a ceramic butter dish. We go through about a stick every week or so for GP. I've never had an issue with it going rancid, but make doubly sure to keep it on the counter furthest from the oven. During the summer, the butter dish sometimes goes in the cupboard, just to keep it cooler. Additional butter is stored in the fridge for use in baking or cooking.

I did try a butter bell once. Loved the idea, hated that I needed to remember to change the water every other day.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 28, 2013, 04:31:25 PM
This thread reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend way back when.

She was horrified that I kept my "butter" out on the cupboard. 

Me: It's margarine, so it doesn't matter.  I keep the real butter in the fridge.
Her: That doesn't matter, it can still go bad.
Me:  Where do you keep your cooking oil?
Her: In the cupboard.
Me: Does it go bad?
Her: No. It's vegetable oil.
Me: That's what margarine is.  I suppose it could go bad after a good long time, but it doesn't last that long.

Then we checked the label on the margarine. 

Nowadays, it depends.  I use butter primarily for cooking, but have about 1/4 pound out and softened when kids and grandkids are here. 

I am going to get a butter bell as soon as I remember to stop at this one store when I go by when it's open.

When margarine was made with hydrogenated oils, it stayed relatively solid at room temperature.  Now that it is non-hydrogenated, it goes pretty soft if you leave it out of the fridge.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: CakeBeret on March 28, 2013, 04:48:45 PM
We usually go through a pound of butter a week, between the things I cook/bake and the fact that there's almost always fresh bread on hand.

I keep one stick in the fridge, one stick in a butter dish on the counter, and the rest in the freezer.

The counter butter is eaten quickly in my house, usually 3-5 days. I've never had it go bad, and I have had some sit out for nearly two weeks. I do use salted butter, if that makes any difference.

Spreadable margarine is nothing compared to real butter, so I don't buy it, and spreadable real butter is obscenely expensive. I experimented with making my own spreadable butter, but I find that we're much happier just keeping a stick of butter on the counter.

We keep the house pretty cool, 65-68 in the winter and no more than 71-72 in the summer
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: EMuir on March 28, 2013, 05:20:01 PM
We have a pretty dry climate, and I bought a metal dish to keep the butter in that seems to wick away the heat like a computer heat sink, the butter stays pretty solid even in the summer. We wash it out about once every few weeks. It holds a pound of butter. I so wish we could buy butter in sticks!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 28, 2013, 07:13:57 PM
I buy 1 lb blocks of butter from our warehouse club for $2/lb and keep one pound in the refrigerator and 2 pounds in the freezer at all times. One stick stays in the glass dish on the counter. I only buy salted butter for holidays, unsalted the other 49 weeks of the year.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: norrina on March 28, 2013, 08:01:47 PM
We keep up to a stick in a ceramic dish on the countertop (and like a previous poster, "up to" often means a mere sliver, left there by DF or his 11 y.o. son), the rest of the pound in the fridge, and I try to keep a pound or two in the freezer. Unless I know I am going to be doing a lot of baking, I just buy salted and use it for everything, and reduce the salt in my cooking a smidge to compensate.

I probably eat the least butter of the three of us, so I don't really pay a lot of attention to how quickly we go through it. I feel like it has to take us at least a week to get through a stick though, and I've never known one to go off. Every so often we'll throw a bit away because it's gotten bread crumbs in it, or it's melted and recongealed, or it just generally looks unappealing. We live in South Carolina, the house stays at low-mid 60s in the winter, and upper 70s in the summer.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Luci on March 28, 2013, 08:08:09 PM
I have a butter bell that I forgot to put in the fridge before we were away for two weeks last summer, with no air conditioning on.

It was fine when we returned.

I only change the water when putting more butter into it.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Sophia on March 28, 2013, 10:31:37 PM
I thought it was just my dog that ate butter. 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Maggie on March 28, 2013, 11:27:11 PM
I keep butter on the counter year round.  I have a butter bell and I do like it but the first time it melted into the water I was not impressed.  I keep it in a tupperware butter container now.  I do buy salted from about May to about September and then unsalted the rest of the year.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bloo on March 29, 2013, 07:46:55 AM
Just noticed this thread!

I usually purchase raw-milk butter by the pound from an Amish lady. At $2.50/lb I buy 4-8 pounds at a time once a month (whatever she's got extra). It is so yummy and almost orange because it's from a grass-fed cow so it's super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids. When the cow is eating some hay in the winter the color lightens to deep yellow. 

Raw means unpasteurized and I still leave it out on my counter. It's fine left up to a week (if I notice we're using it slower I'll stick it in the fridge) but it doesn't usually last that long as I use butter for cooking. It's rare for us to eat toast or make grilled cheese but it's nice to already have soft butter.

When my Amish lady is drying out her cow for a few months, and if I start to run out in the freezer, I'll buy regular sticks at the store and keep two on a plate. It's a little startling when I first have to do this because the color is so light it almost looks white. When it gets down to one stick, I pull out another one stick it on a clean plate and the use a spatula to gather the leftovers of the other plate to slap it on to the new plate.

No problems with spoiling.

When it gets real warm in the summer it might actually liquify a little, but we got AC put in 1.5 years ago and that hasn't been a problem.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Thipu1 on March 29, 2013, 09:21:17 AM
We keep our butter in a covered butter dish in the refrigerator.  We take it out when we start cooking and, by the time we eat, the consistency is just fine. 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Miss Tickle on March 29, 2013, 12:02:07 PM
Butter bells, I've found, need to be a certain shape and/or size or they don't work properly; too small and the water gets too warm, too shallow and the butter falls out. I have the one my Mother bought thirty years ago. After buying three or four that just didn't do the job she finally took pity on me and gave me hers. I change the water at the same time as I water the cats, so it's nothing extra, and I'll salt the water as well.

Can I just say that I'm super jealous you can buy butter for $1-2-3 a pound? Even the poor quality butter on sale where I live is $3.00 or more.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: CakeBeret on March 29, 2013, 01:42:19 PM
Butter bells, I've found, need to be a certain shape and/or size or they don't work properly; too small and the water gets too warm, too shallow and the butter falls out. I have the one my Mother bought thirty years ago. After buying three or four that just didn't do the job she finally took pity on me and gave me hers. I change the water at the same time as I water the cats, so it's nothing extra, and I'll salt the water as well.

Can I just say that I'm super jealous you can buy butter for $1-2-3 a pound? Even the poor quality butter on sale where I live is $3.00 or more.

Butter here is normally $3.50-5.00/lb at the grocery store, but I can get it at Aldi for $2.50/lb and it is pretty decent quality. You might check and see if you have an Aldi nearby.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 29, 2013, 02:29:52 PM
Just scored LOL butter for 2.50 a lb!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zilla on March 29, 2013, 03:30:49 PM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 29, 2013, 04:17:34 PM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D

What is European butter?
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: hobish on March 29, 2013, 04:35:44 PM
I have a butter bell that I forgot to put in the fridge before we were away for two weeks last summer, with no air conditioning on.

It was fine when we returned.

I only change the water when putting more butter into it.

...and i am going to show this to Gish. I want a butter bell; he is convinced the butter will go bad. :) I love butter, and the physics of a butter bell just tickles me for some reason.

Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 29, 2013, 04:37:41 PM
European butters are slightly higher in milk fat. Plugra and Kerrygold are the most widely available in my area.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 29, 2013, 04:42:20 PM
European butters are slightly higher in milk fat. Plugra and Kerrygold are the most widely available in my area.

Thank you!  I am sure I would love it!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 29, 2013, 04:44:48 PM
I have a butter bell that I forgot to put in the fridge before we were away for two weeks last summer, with no air conditioning on.

It was fine when we returned.

I only change the water when putting more butter into it.

...and i am going to show this to Gish. I want a butter bell; he is convinced the butter will go bad. :) I love butter, and the physics of a butter bell just tickles me for some reason.

I am putting forth a lot of effort to find the perfect one.  I know I need/want one with a knob on the lid.  I am sick of picking up a slimy butter dish lid.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zilla on March 29, 2013, 04:47:30 PM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D

What is European butter?
Butter made the European way and from Europe.  Brands like Kerrygold, lurpak, plugra, prisidente and champs ilysses etc.   
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: AnnaJ on March 29, 2013, 09:48:25 PM
This is the one I have:  http://www.amazon.com/Butter-Bell-Crock-Matte-Ivory/dp/B000H47H0A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1364611463&sr=8-5&keywords=butter+bell, and it works very well, but it depends where you are.

I'm in the US, took one to a friend in Wales last summer - her mum fell in love with it and wanted to order one, but all of the sources she found were either US or Canadian so she decided to wait till she was visiting family in Florida to get one.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Luci on March 30, 2013, 08:50:09 AM
Just scored LOL butter for 2.50 a lb!

Land 0' Lakes?

I didn't know dairy products are national brands, though the areas served are getting larger. We get Blue Bunny and Laughing Cow products now, which we didn't get before. I've never heard of many of the brands mentioned.

Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: PastryGoddess on March 30, 2013, 02:40:29 PM
Kerrygold is sometimes sold in the cheese section of the store.  I have seen it in Chicago, Maryland, and DC. 
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Faerydust on March 30, 2013, 04:06:16 PM
I've never heard of a butter bell before! We keep our butter in the fridge. It's too warm here to leave the butter out in a butter dish and we don't use it daily.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on March 30, 2013, 05:40:20 PM
Just scored LOL butter for 2.50 a lb!

Land 0' Lakes?

I didn't know dairy products are national brands, though the areas served are getting larger. We get Blue Bunny and Laughing Cow products now, which we didn't get before. I've never heard of many of the brands mentioned.

Yes.  Land o' lakes. 

I have bought the spreadable butter for stuff like potlucks or a meal to someones home.  It is just easier.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bloo on March 30, 2013, 06:18:18 PM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D

What is European butter?
Butter made the European way and from Europe.  Brands like Kerrygold, lurpak, plugra, prisidente and champs ilysses etc.

I've seen the Plugra brand of ghee. It's clarified butter with absolutely no milk solids so nothing to scortch if you're cooking with it and great for making hollandaise. $6/bottle at the only place I've seen it locally so a little too rich for my blood.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: AnnaJ on March 30, 2013, 08:42:06 PM
I've never heard of a butter bell before! We keep our butter in the fridge. It's too warm here to leave the butter out in a butter dish and we don't use it daily.

The water keeps it cool, we just change it daily when it's hot; it gets to 115 degrees F here for a couple of weeks in the summer, and well over 100 every day for four to five months each year, so they are still useful in hot places.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: katycoo on March 30, 2013, 11:51:36 PM
In the fridge, Its too hot here to keep it out.  But I only ever use butter for baking. We use margarine day to day.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zilla on March 31, 2013, 06:02:47 AM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D

What is European butter?
Butter made the European way and from Europe.  Brands like Kerrygold, lurpak, plugra, prisidente and champs ilysses etc.

I've seen the Plugra brand of ghee. It's clarified butter with absolutely no milk solids so nothing to scortch if you're cooking with it and great for making hollandaise. $6/bottle at the only place I've seen it locally so a little too rich for my blood.

I've never seen the plugra ghee and yes that is alot for it. I have however made it at home, google for the method and save the $6.  :-)
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: bloo on March 31, 2013, 05:40:47 PM
We get the European butter (whichever is on sale) for about $3-$5 a pack.  When they are on sale for $3, I stock up.  Last brand was the French one, I snapped them all up.  ;D

What is European butter?
Butter made the European way and from Europe.  Brands like Kerrygold, lurpak, plugra, prisidente and champs ilysses etc.

I've seen the Plugra brand of ghee. It's clarified butter with absolutely no milk solids so nothing to scortch if you're cooking with it and great for making hollandaise. $6/bottle at the only place I've seen it locally so a little too rich for my blood.

I've never seen the plugra ghee and yes that is alot for it. I have however made it at home, google for the method and save the $6.  :-)

Thanks! I googled it and several useful webpages came up. It was interesting to note the while clarified butter and ghee are similar, they are not the same. I may try it but it'd have to be with butter from the store, I guess. The raw, organic stuff I get from my Amish lady is salted for preservation as they don't have electricity and must rely on ice to keep things cold. It was recommended to use unsalted butter to make ghee.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: o_gal on April 04, 2013, 07:23:09 AM
Kerrygold is sometimes sold in the cheese section of the store.  I have seen it in Chicago, Maryland, and DC.

If any of you are within a couple of hours drive of Cincinnati, there is the butter section at Jungle Jim's - http://www.junglejims.com. There have a refrigerated display stand that's about 8 feet long but it's not against a wall, and you can walk around all sides. Totally loaded with dozens of different butter brands, most of them from Europe and some from Central and South America. If there's a brand of butter somewhere in the world, chances are they have it. Like everything else there, it's pricey but if you are a butter lover, you may have to be dragged away.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on April 04, 2013, 04:21:25 PM
UGH.  In my local grocery, I happened to check out the butter for a sale yesterday.  They had Kerrygold and Plugra.  I was all excited until I realized it was 4 bucks for half a pound!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: magicdomino on April 04, 2013, 04:41:55 PM
I've bought Kerrygold when there was a good sale, but yes, when you are paying for the airfare from Europe, European butter is just a little too expensive for everyday cooking.  I reserve it for really good bread.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: MOM21SON on April 04, 2013, 04:48:54 PM
I've bought Kerrygold when there was a good sale, but yes, when you are paying for the airfare from Europe, European butter is just a little too expensive for everyday cooking.  I reserve it for really good bread.

Well, since I am going to the farmers market Sat and Mr Bread will be there, I see it in my future.  Crusty bread is calling me!
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Zilla on April 04, 2013, 06:14:47 PM
I've bought Kerrygold when there was a good sale, but yes, when you are paying for the airfare from Europe, European butter is just a little too expensive for everyday cooking.  I reserve it for really good bread.

Well, since I am going to the farmers market Sat and Mr Bread will be there, I see it in my future.  Crusty bread is calling me!

See why I stock up when they are on sale? :-)  I also find that I use less since its so.flavorful.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 04, 2013, 06:37:27 PM
They have a small package of Kerrygold garlic butter at my market, has anyone here tried it?

I bought some Breakstone salted whipped butter to have with our bread tonight.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Miss Tickle on April 04, 2013, 07:34:13 PM
Butter bells, I've found, need to be a certain shape and/or size or they don't work properly; too small and the water gets too warm, too shallow and the butter falls out. I have the one my Mother bought thirty years ago. After buying three or four that just didn't do the job she finally took pity on me and gave me hers. I change the water at the same time as I water the cats, so it's nothing extra, and I'll salt the water as well.

Can I just say that I'm super jealous you can buy butter for $1-2-3 a pound? Even the poor quality butter on sale where I live is $3.00 or more.

Butter here is normally $3.50-5.00/lb at the grocery store, but I can get it at Aldi for $2.50/lb and it is pretty decent quality. You might check and see if you have an Aldi nearby.

I took your advice and located my nearest Aldi. I thought it was a UK/EU company and was hoping Google would advise me to kayak or swim to England, but there are some in the US too. There isn't an Aldi within 1700 miles of me though so I probably stick with the Costco in Bellingham. That's about the cheapest I've found, but even then it's a two to three hour drive, sometimes longer if the border traffic is bad.
Title: Re: Where do you keep your butter?
Post by: Amara on April 04, 2013, 10:30:35 PM
Cook's Illustrated recommended Plugra but they also noted that it was best reserved for eating because of its cost and because they couldn't tell any difference between that and other butter in cooking. Nearly as good, they also noted, was Land O' Lakes butter and it was half the price.