Butter is not just for your toast. It can be used in a variety of dishes, sauces and desserts to make them extra delicious. Whether you are cooking with butter or baking with it, there are many ways that this ingredient will enrich your dish. But how do you store the butter so that it stays fresh? You may have heard that you cannot freeze butter because of its low melting point but trust us when we say otherwise!
There is a rule for butter: it can last about 6-9 months in the fridge. You can freeze the butter and it will last for an extra year or more.
Can You Freeze Butter?
The two most basic kinds of butter is salted and unsalted. Frozen salted butter will generally last longer than unsalted butter by three months. This is due to salt’s natural preserving properties.
If done right, the butter will retain its freshness even when it is frozen. Several factors such as size, temperature and package type however can possibly affect its taste.
Depending on said factors, the butter may exhibit a stale or off-flavor from 12 to 18 months of freezing.
The trick there is to pack and store it properly. Make sure that you do not place it beside items that have strong odors as the butter might absorb the smell.
When ready to use it, thawing butter is pretty simple as it melts easily. You may refrigerate it overnight for 6 hours or pop in the microwave in 10-second intervals until you reach the desired softness.
Spoiled butter will start to look pale and might even grow some mold. Its texture will be either too soft or hard and no longer easy to spread.
How To Freeze Butter?
Now that you know that it can be done and that it is possible to retain its freshness for up to 12 to 18 months, it’s time to learn the steps on how to freeze butter properly. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s very doable.
- Buy the butter that has the most recent manufacturing date to ensure its freshness.
- Make sure that the butter you bought is packed and sealed properly.
- Without removing its original package, wrap it neatly with aluminum foil or a plastic freezer wrap. Retain the original package so you can refer to its expiration date later on.
- Label the packed butter with the date that it will be placed inside the freezer so you can monitor how long it has been inside.
- Keep it away from other food that have strong odors such as onions so that it does not absorb the smell.
Cooking With Butter
Now you are ready to cook with butter starting with some delicious French Toast for breakfast. Served with freshly brewed coffee to help you jumpstart your day.
For lunch, make healthy food tasty with butter. Whip up an easy vegetable dish such as buttery broccoli with fresh lemons and herbs.
You can also never go wrong with a cocktail favorite, garlic butter shrimps. Perfect with a glass of wine and a night out with friends.
Many people like to freeze butter to extend its shelf life. Salted butter lasts longer than unsalted butter. If done right, the butter will not change taste or color even after 18 months of freezing. When ready to use, just thaw the frozen butter by putting it in the fridge overnight or in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until soft!