Tips and Tricks for Keeping Butter Fresh
We like food fresh, and so do you! Butter is a kitchen staple, especially during the holiday season, here are a few tips for keeping butter fresh.
The Best Way to Store Butter
Where your butter is stored plays a key part in keeping it fresh. Place the butter in a compartment in the refrigerator. Harold McGee (writer of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen) says butter readily absorbs strong odors from its surroundings. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says butter can safely be stored in the fridge for up to three months.
What should I store butter in?
The packaging is key when storing butter in the refrigerator. Keep it in its original wrapping. Why? According to myrecipes.com, if you’re storing butter in the fridge, you want to keep it in an airtight container and with its original packaging. The more layers of protection, the better.
Is it ok to freeze butter?
Freezing butter is fine, however, we don’t recommend using any product past the sell-by date. Also, the salt in salted butter acts as a preservative. This will help keep the butter fresher, longer in the fridge or the freezer. Remember, if you smell an off odor or see any discoloration, discard the product. As long as the product smells and looks normal, it’s all good.
Butter Storage Containers
As mentioned above, keeping butter in its original packaging is great, but there are some additional handy storage containers on the market that also help keep your butter fresh, protecting it from light and odors.