The Debate Is Over: Here's the Truth About Refrigerating Butter

Discussion in 'Other News' started by Chinatown, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Butter can make even the blandest piece of toast taste good. But, when you cut some from a rock hard stick of butter it isn’t easy to spread and can end up ruining your breakfast. So, is it safe to keep your butter out of the fridge so that you can easily spread it on your toast in the morning and get out the door?

    You’re probably thinking, “Butter is dairy, there’s no way I can leave it out on the counter.” You’re actually wrong; you don’t need to refrigerate butter. The USDA listed butter as the only dairy food that is safe to keep in a power outage. Although if that happens, you will want to take note of these surprising items you need to refrigerate.

    You would never keep milk out on the counter, so what makes it OK to keep butter out? They’re actually made very differently and that makes butter much less likely to attract bacteria. Butter is about 80 percent fat, which makes its water content much lower and therefore less likely to have bacteria when left out. Butter is also often made with pasteurized milk, which makes it less prone to bacterial growth. The salt in your butter also wards off bacteria growth—but, if you have unsalted butter, it’s best kept in the fridge. Get the scoop on why Americans refrigerate eggs and Europeans don't.

    If your butter is kept in an airtight container or in a butter tray with a top, it will stay good for about a week. They key is to not expose it to oxygen or light. Only leave a small amount of butter out at a time so you don’t have to throw away what you don’t use after a week.

    So, there you have it, you don’t need to refrigerate butter—or these other foods for that matter. You can say goodbye to dented bagels from trying to spread cold butter on them. Now your breakfast can be made in a flash.
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I've never refrigerated butter.
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I have used Shedds Country Crock all my life. Ever since my grandparents passed.

    There is a container in that box still good after 4 weeks. I get into it when needed. No apparent issues.

    The real problem today is the processing of food. If you wanted ROOT BEER you found Sassafras in that #### soda drink that is OH SO DIVINE. Until about 1978, BLEAH.

    I'll drink it and pretend it's still divine. But not too much, it sits as weight gain in a hell of a hurry.

    I will need to revisit the dutch country among the amish again to chow down. If they still hang on to the original fixings the way they have done for generations then we will have a one hell of a meal.
  5. CowboyTim

    CowboyTim Light Load Member

    Nov 2, 2018
    My God! My life is now complete! Thanks, Chinatown!!

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Mobile, AL
    I mostly use butter for cooking so I refrigerate it. I put a little with feta cheese in my scrambled eggs and it melts in the pan.
  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    we leave the butter (or margarine) in the fridge. when either one of us wakes up in the morning, then we take it out. by the time we need it, it has soften a bit.
  8. Dale thompson

    Dale thompson Road Train Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    commerce twp,mi
    I thought every home has a covered butter dish on the counter and in my world a stick of butter never lasts a week.
  9. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

    Feb 18, 2007
    Central AZ
    I live in Arizona--butter either stays in the fridge or becomes liquid.
  10. Or do like I do;
    Buy Smart Balance it's healthier for you and is easy to spread right out of the fridge LOL
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  11. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    They invented this new fangled device call air conditioning . You should try it lol
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