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Old 09-22-2009, 04:27 PM   #11
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I tired leaving my butter out once. We do not go through butter very fast at my house so we had issues leaving it out. The first stick we went through fast enough, but the second time we tried it we got mold. I even had the butter in a foodsaver container so there was next to no air in contact with the butter.

Many people use butter crocks though with great success. Google butter crock and you will find all the info you could want.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:25 PM   #12
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We have a crock, one of the ones that suspends the butter into water. We use it in the winter and spring but in the summer and fall it gets too warm in the kitchen and butter tends to fall out into the water. During the warmer seasons we keep a stick of butter in a butter dish. for table use/leaving out on the counter we use salted butter. Never had a problem with rancidity.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:52 AM   #13
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I actually store my (unsalted) butter in the freezer, transferring one stick at a time to the fridge as I need it. I think it keeps the butter tasting freshest.
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:34 PM   #14
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We keep ours on the counter in a covered butter dish (a stick at a time - the remaining sticks are in the fridge till we need them). I hate hard butter! We go through a stick every 9 or 10 days so we haven't had any problems with it going bad.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #15
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According to the Wisconsin Dairy Council, they say refrigerate.
Of course, they are subject to huge lawsuits from sue-happy people
if they get sick from unrefrigerated butter, too.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:11 PM   #16
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i cant be the only one wondering what cats do to butter - someone fill me in

my wife's family leaves their butter in the cupboard - we dont really use butter in my house, but its so much easier to use when we visit her family
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:45 PM   #17
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i cant be the only one wondering what cats do to butter - someone fill me in

They lick it.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:45 PM   #18
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And leave little kitty footprints in it. . . . (please don't ask how I know this)
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:37 AM   #19
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I guess in Europe, France in particular they do not refrigerate butter. They keep it in special dishes. But French butter is by far the best butter ever. At least the best one I ever had. So I do not know how it would work here. But you can check on line for those dishes and try see how long it will less for you.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:06 PM   #20
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i cant be the only one wondering what cats do to butter - someone fill me in

my wife's family leaves their butter in the cupboard - we dont really use butter in my house, but its so much easier to use when we visit her family
They eat it in a messy manner. Often licking the butter, dish and all, off the edge of the table.
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