Butter is one of the most common spreads found in any kitchen. It is one food item which can be stored in the fridge, outside on the counter or even the freezer. There are different ways you can store butter in the long rung but what is the correct way?
Where does the butter stay fresh for longer? There are a few factors which one needs to keep in mind when storing butter in the kitchen.
Storing Packed Butter
If you got butter in a large quantity from the supermarket and now want to keep it fresh for as long as possible, keep it as is in the refrigerator with its original packaging. If you have torn the packaging and want to store it in for a long time, wrap it in an aluminium foil and store.
Double wrapping the butter in aluminium foil will help you further increase the freshness of the butter.
Storing Butter At Room Temperature
Most of us like to keep our butter at room temperature in the kitchen for easy use. If kept in the refrigerator, we usually have to melt it first and then use it as a spread.
There are higher chances of unsalted, raw, unpasteurized butter to grow bacteria. On other other hand, salted butter is at a lower risk of bacterial growth because of the salt present in it. Salted butter can be kept outside at room temperature for about 2-3 weeks.
Another way of storing butter for long term use is by freezing it.
- Chop butter into small pieces and then wrap in aluminium foil.
- Place in a freezer storage bag and place in the freezer.
- At the time of use, butter cubes can be taken out as required and heated or just kept at raw temperature.
Tips To Keep In Mind While Storing Butter In The Refrigerator
- When storing the butter in your refrigerator, make sure that you keep the butter away from other foods as the butter can easily absorb flavour and smell from other foods.
- During hot summers, butter should be kept in the refrigerator irrepective of its fat content because it can get sour easily.
- Unsalted or whipped butter should never be kept at room temperature or it can go bad very quickly.
- If you don't use a lot of butter on a daily basis, keep a small quantity out for use and store the rest in the fridge or the freezer.
- Always store butter in an air tight container or it will go sour quickly. (how to store ghee)
- Keep butter away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat in the kitchen.
- Check for a shiny layer on your butter whenever taking it out for use. If it has a shiny outer layer and looks different from inside, it means it is spoiled and not safe for consumption.
- Freeze your butter only if you wish to use it more than a month. Using a zipper lock bag always adds to it freshness.
We hope this guide helps you store butter in your kitchen in the right way. For more such food storage and kitchen tips, stay tuned to HerZindagi.com
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