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Old 04-26-2013, 10:31 AM   #21
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Bucky, have you ever seen those butter bells (Google it if not). It is a bell shaped container in 2 pieces. The vutter goes in the top of the bell and then you turn it upside down (right side up?) and place that in the 2nd piece which is a little dish you fill with water. You change the water every few days. The bell lets you keep the butter out for a long time. I am too forgetful to deal with changing water every few days so I don't use one myself, but I love the idea.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:44 AM   #22
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I always leave the butter out in a glass butter dish with a lid. Until it gets too hot and it starts to melt. We probably use a stick of butter within a week, and it's always fine.

Freak-out time! I lived aboard a sailboat with my uncle and his girlfriend for a five-week trip down the Intracoastal Waterway. He had just finished a trip around the world with no refrigeration. She made a big pot of soup and boiled it for a few minutes every day - no problems. We ate sandwiches with unrefrigerated mayonnaise most days - no problems. People are way too worried about these things, imo.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:48 AM   #23
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Let the lurking continue. Whats up BT and Hoot?

Bucky, have you ever seen those butter bells (Google it if not). It is a bell shaped container in 2 pieces. The vutter goes in the top of the bell and then you turn it upside down (right side up?) and place that in the 2nd piece which is a little dish you fill with water. You change the water every few days. The bell lets you keep the butter out for a long time. I am too forgetful to deal with changing water every few days so I don't use one myself, but I love the idea.
I also have a butter bell, but the butter doesn't stay in it very well. The dish works better for me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:55 AM   #24
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What is the purpose of the water in the butter bell?
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I always assumed it was to create a barrier to keep air out.
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Interesting. I guess the water is supposed to keep the butter cool, too.
Although I can't imagine it would take long to reach room temp.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:24 AM   #27
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What is the purpose of the water in the butter bell?
Butter absorbs off odors and flavors easily from other foods, so the water helps to prevent that.
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BT, I leave butter on the counter too. Often for a LOT longer than 5 days. However, it is next to the outside wall so unless I move it away from the wall it can be as hard as if it had been in the fridge.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:59 PM   #29
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In California we always left a stick of butter in a glass butter dish on the dining room table. We kept the rest of it in the refrigerator (and some in the freezer if we had a lot). Here in South Carolina I can't leave butter out very long during the warmer months. I hate having to deal with hard butter out of the refrigerator, especially if I want to spread it on bread or anything kind of delicate.
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Butter never sees refrigeration until it hits the groshreee store. Same with eggs.
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