Is it necessary to refrigerate butter?

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  1. MickiS profile image78
    MickiSposted 8 years ago

    Is it necessary to refrigerate butter?

  2. Georgie Lowery profile image94
    Georgie Loweryposted 8 years ago

    Although I would normally say yes, my Grandma kept a dish of real butter softened on her kitchn counter. I don't guess it ever went bad, it got eaten too quickly.

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    susanm23bposted 8 years ago

    You are supposed to refrigerate butter for longterm storage.  I have a special dish that I keep on the counter for everyday use.  It has 3 parts--an outer dish that you fill with water, an inner dish made of unglazed ceramic where the butter goes and a lid.  It keeps the butter fresh--and soft for spreading.  You only have to change the water every few days.

    1. MickiS profile image78
      MickiSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Where did you get that dish, susanm23b, if you don't mind me asking?

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      susanm23bposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi MickiS,
      I ordered mine from QVC years ago.  I'm not sure if they still have anything like that anymore.  I have seen similar products around and about--mine is similar to "Silvermark Butter Boat" on Amazon.  Hope this was helpful smile

    3. MickiS profile image78
      MickiSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It was. Thanks, Susan.

    4. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      RE:  susann23b's dish:  you can also sometimes find these as hand-crafted items at craft fairs.  We had a booth next to a potter one year, and she was sellling these kinds of butter keepers that she'd made herself.

  4. nochance profile image88
    nochanceposted 8 years ago

    Nope. I leave mine out on the counter and never have a problem with it... except during the summer months. I don't have air conditioning so it just turns into a liquefied blob.

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    JThomp42posted 8 years ago

    My Grandmother never did. Which made it so easy to spread. It even seemed like it tasted better?

  6. rex michaels profile image82
    rex michaelsposted 8 years ago

    I have found that real butter gets so hard in the fridge it is almost impossible to spread without tearing up the toast. I always leave mine out. In fact I have made my own butter in the past and I believe I could build a house with it because it sets up so hard.

  7. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
    DzyMsLizzyposted 8 years ago

    I grew up in San Francisco--the butter lived on a cupboard shelf in its dish.  San Francisco gets very few days of temperatures high enough to melt butter.  I do recall one or two "melted-overflow" messes however..  ;-)

    I have never refrigerated the butter currently in the serving dish--only the 'backstock.'

  8. vespawoolf profile image95
    vespawoolfposted 8 years ago

    It depends on the climate. When we lived in the Andes where it's cold, butter never spoiled. But when we lived in the North near Ecuador, the semi-tropical climate wrecked havoc on everything. Butter left on the counter too long either melted or spoiled in a short period of time.


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