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Poll results: Butter - In or Out of the Fridge

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  • Keep it in the fridge

    22 66.67%
  • Keep it on the counter

    10 30.30%
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

    1 3.03%
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    0 0%
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Thread: Butter - in or out of the fridge?

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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
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    Butter - in or out of the fridge?

    Growing up my mother would keep our butter in the butter tray in the fridge. We didn't use it often, and rarely had bread with meals like you do eating out. However, after getting married my wife grew up keeping the butter in a covered tray on the counter. At first I was like ewww, but honestly, it's a lot nicer to be able to spread soft room temperature butter on toast or even just have it right there to slap in the pan while making eggs without having to worry about cracking the glass butter dish because the butter was in the fridge and rock hard.



    What say you... butter in or out of the fridge, and is this a regional phenomena?
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    If it's real butter, keep it covered and out of the fridge.
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    Dittos - real butter out of the fridge.
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    Covered and in the fridge. You don't want it to spoil too soon do you?
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    This is Texas. You have to keep it in the fridge most of the year or it's not butter anymore.
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    Butter is a dairy product keep it cold and you won't be sick.
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    It depends.

    When I lived in Oregon and in my own home in SC, I kept it out of the fridge in a beurrier. Because I live in a high rise apartment building in NJ which are prone to living things that I care not to have in my kitchen it stays in the fridge. I generally do store butter in the freezer until we move a stick to the fridge. Butter will stay good in a beurrier for some time, we go through a stick every 4-5 days but it can keep for a couple of weeks if the water is changed out every few days. Google "butter bell" for more information.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    This is Texas. You have to keep it in the fridge most of the year or it's not butter anymore.
    Arizona is the same way...especially in the summer. My wife is from WA state and butter was always kept on the counter.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Butter is a dairy product keep it cold and you won't be sick.
    This was my initial reaction to leaving butter out, you wouldn't leave yogurt or milk out would you, but... According to FDA spokesperson Tamara Ward, butter will last up to 10 days at room temperature before turning rancid. Rancid means that enzymes that are naturally present in milk begin to digest the fats in the butter, causing a sour flavor and aroma. The butter isn’t unsafe at that point, it just tastes bad. Be sure to keep your butter well wrapped or covered in a butter dish, however, and safe from cross-contamination from dirty knives or hands. Butter, whether it's on the counter or in the fridge, will pick up strong smells if exposed to the air.
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    I keep my butter in the fridge in a covered container. My mother-in-law the cook keeps her out on the counter.... I've seen her do the same thing with brie.

    I tend to be concerned about the potential for a) spoilage and b) cats or insects getting into food left out (one of my old cats used to get into the bread!).

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    Kitchen cupboard. Used to freak me out, but it's how my wife's family did it. My mom's was always in the fridge. But she covered her OJ with cellophane so the Vitamin C didn't escape into the atmosphere, so, you know.

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    With food here, if you leave it outside the fridge, you better eat it quick. Oranges,apples and nuts are the only things that last more than a day or two outside the fridge.
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    Butter is in a covered dish on the counter except when it gets really hot in the summer.
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    Quote Originally posted by Linda_D View post
    Butter is in a covered dish on the counter except when it gets really hot in the summer.
    Same here. Butter for pastry is kept cold, and extra is stored in the freezer.

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    No Butter here.
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    I mostly just use butter for baking so it stays in the fridge. I remember that my grandma kept hers out on the kitchen table, covered, because my grandpa liked some "toast with his butter" for breakfast (he really liked butter).

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    We rarely use butter for anything besides baking so it stays covered in the fridge. We wouldn't get through it in the 10 days before rancidness.
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    On the counter covered. Only real butter. Haven't you heard that margarine is only one molecule away from plastic. All natural baby!
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    Butter covered and out of the fridge. Its cold enough here that its fine for quite a while. Eventually it goes back in the fridge but only if its not being used for a while.

    Mostly real butter although Earth's Balance is good for some cooking.

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    Keep it out. Too hard to spread otherwise.

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    In the fridge, of course. Because that's how we do it in AMERICA.

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    Only real butter in our household. We keep it in the fridge. ZG is a real freak about germs and spoilage. Me, not so much.

    When I lived alone, it was kept on the counter in a covered butter thingy.

    When it's on-sale, we stock-up and freeze the extra.

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    In the fridge

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    The currently being used quarter is on the counter. The rest of the pound is in the fridge. Other pounds are in the freezer.

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    We buy four pounds at a time from Costco. Three go into the freezer and one into the fridge.
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