Originally Posted by Sir_Loin_of_Beef
You keep your butter in the refrigerator? Why? Butter doesn't see refrigeration anywhere between the manufacturer and the retailer, and even the retailers have been known to leave it sitting on a pallet in the storage area for hours, sometimes days. I buy my butter in a 3 pound package, and I keep one stick in a butter keeper in my pantry, the remaining sticks from one pound in the door of the fridge, and the extra pounds in the freezer.
Having worked for different grocery retailers over the last 20 years, I can guarantee you that butter is kept refrigerated. We receive our meat, deli, dairy etc.. on separate refrigerated trucks from our general grocery and supplies. I can also tell you that I have never worked for a place that would tolerate pallets being left out for hours or days. The pallets are rolled from the refrigerated trucks into large walk in coolers, each department has coolers large enough for pallets.
Any place that would leave refrigerated product out for hours or days wouldn't be a place that I would want to work. We are not allowed to pull out more stock from the cooler than we can stock in 30 minutes.
Since I buy butter 4 lbs. at a time from the club store, yes I keep it cold. Since I don't use spreadable butter/margarine often, I am not comfortable leaving out a stick of butter for a week or more.