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I don’t know many people that don’t eat or at least use butter in their homes. knowing how to store butter will make sure you get the most out of it.
It is versatile and adds something special to cooking and great on your sandwiches.
There are derivatives such as ghee that can be used in the kitchen that is made from butter. You find butter in many baked products you buy (some of them have a lot more butter than you should be eating but that is what makes it a treat.)
To answer the question of how to store butter you need to understand how butter is made and what is made from so that storing it helps it to last longer.
Unlike products like margarine, butter can go off and become rancid if not looked after correctly.
Butter is made from dairy cream it goes through a process of churning. If you want to find out more about this you can check out the wiki page here.
The process creates butter which is really and an emulsion of proteins fats and other elements. What is important to understand is that these are organic and like any of the meats and vegetables that you have in your house are subject to going off or becoming rancid. it is the organic “bits” butter that this happens to, and in fact, if you render butter you get ghee which is way less likely to become rancid as most of this is removed. In fact, there are a lot of oils such as avocado oil or olive oil that this happens to, you can read more about this here in our article on healthy oils.
It is because of these proteins, fats and other products that butter needs to be looked after.
Storing butter correctly will greatly improve the lifespan of the butter as well as making sure that it tastes as good as the day you first bought it.
This is a good question and in fact, the answer to this is that you should be doing both in the life of the butter. we will get to the reason behind this a little later.
Like most families, you will shop in bulk and if yours is anything like mine then you will be buying more than one block of butter at a time.
If you are not going to immediately be using butter then the best way to store it is to freeze it as butter generally freezes quite well. . Some people don’t like this but in my experience freezing butter that you are not going to use straight away or in the next day or so is the most practical solution.
When you need the butter you can then simply take it out of the deep freeze and use it once it has been defrosted.
There are a number of things to consider when storing butter in the fridge.
You will need to make sure the butter is wrapped – you don’t want the other things in your fridge affecting the taste of your butter.
You can freeze butter should you want to, again just make sure it is properly wrapped so that it does not take on any of the smells etc of the other things in the deep freezer.
If you use a lot of butter for baking then you can simply cut what you need and put it back as it does not need to be spreadable. You can even store the butter that you use for baking in the deep freeze for this reason. Why not cut the butter into premeasured portions and wrap these in clingfilm, that way you are ready to cook with this straight away. If you need it soft – just put in the microwave or leave it out for a bit. Smaller chunks of butter will warm up a lot faster than bigger blocks.
If you and your family use butter for everyday use like spreading on your sandwiches then it might be better to leave it out at room temperature so that it is easy to use.
Here are a few things that you should be thinking about if this is something you want to do.
You want to find a place in the kitchen where it is cool so don’t put it near heat sources like the stove or fridge (fridges produce heat to cool the inside down)
It is best to make sure that it is in a closed container so that things like flies don’t contaminate the butter when
don’t you use the butter always use clean utensils so that don’t contaminate the butter.
Think about this: The warmer perishable food is the faster the food spoils. This is because the bacteria that come into contact with the food have a better environment in order to multiply in (spoiling the food). So it makes sense to make sure that you give that bacteria as little chance as possible in getting a foothold in your food.
Before you start to slide down the rabbit hole of worry etc, this is a process that takes place all the time, you have been at war with bacteria all of your life you may just not have realised it.
We put food into the fridge or freeze it simply to slow this process down.
Going back to the butter, you can also use salted butter for everyday use as this salt in the butter will help slow this process down.
There really is no right answer to this as it will all ultimately come down to how you like your butter. I am not a big fan of butter that is just about to melt, it tastes funny to me, I like mine a little firmer and not melted when I have it on toast.
It is quite possible that you will use both methods, keep it in the fridge in the summer when it is too hot and out in the winter when it is much cooler. If you like cooking with butter then where you keep it will also not make a difference as it will melt anyway.
However, you want to keep your butter, just remember that it can spoil just like your milk will ( just slower) so think about what you would need to do to make sure that you got the best out of it.