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How Long Does Fresh Butter Keep?

Over at the Food Porn* community, a wonderful poster kay posted instructions (with pictures!)on how to make your own fresh butter.

How long does fresh butter keep in the fridge? We don't use a lot of butter, but we do use it frequently, so I would like to make enough without making so much that I waste it by throwing it out.

There is conflicting information when I googled it. Some sites said 2 weeks, while others said a few days. Anybody have any experience with it?

(*not sure how to link directly to a community, sorry)


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Oct. 7th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
you can actually just use "user" with communities too. I think lj changed it a few years ago.
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Oct. 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I know! I used to always do the code wrong before. :P
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
aahhh ha! Thanks for the tip!
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Danke
no worries!
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I find that butter lasts less than a week out of the fridge, but I've never had it go bad in the fridge. I'd say you could definitely keep it for weeks.

We used to make butter by putting it in a jar and shaking it. Her way is much less labour intensive!
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Oct. 7th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I never knew you could freeze butter! This is awesome! There is a great butter by Land O Lakes I like to buy made with canola oil. That's what I usually buy and stock up when it's on sale. Think that'd freeze ok? Have to try it.
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
We've always frozen it. When I was a kid we lived out in the middle of nowhere, and would go into town once a week for groceries. Things like butter would be bought in quantity when on sale, and frozen. No harm done at all. Oh, and if you try to butter your toast with frozen butter, you use less butter. ;)
Oct. 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, freeze away!
Oct. 7th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
We freeze butter all the time at my job (Domestic violence shelter). We buy everything in bulk as much as possible and butter freezes incredibly well. :-)
Oct. 8th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Regular butter does indeed freeze well, but I wouldn't do it with the Land o Lakes canola oil. Assuming this is the stuff that has the burgundy lid (or did when I bought it), it won't freeze well. I did this once, and it separated something awful (yes, it was fully thawed).
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
What do you use to wrap it? Waxed paper? Would I have to wrap it in waxed paper and then store it in a freezer bag? Can it get freezer burn.

This is great news that butter freezes well. I can't wait to make some!
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I saw something not long ago in a gourmet cooking magazine about storing butter in water in the fridge, that was supposed to keep it fresh much longer than simply wrapping it in wax or plastic. I honestly can't remember what it was, though. x.x
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Butter keeps ages. I don't even keep my butter in the fridge, and it lasts weeks. The fat content is so high, it keeps like an oil. Just keep it out of sunlight.

In the Natural History Museum in Dublin, there is some butter that was found in a bog wrapped in straw, from neolithic times, and it was still preserved.
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Oct. 8th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
::scratches head:: What is YMMV? I feel so stupid sometimes for not knowing all the internet lingo. I wish they made an "Internet Speak for Dummies" book :)
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Oct. 8th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
hmm. i googled a butter press, and got this:

how does that work?? my mom has several of these floating around her house! does this really help get buttermilk out, or is it just for making my butter pretty under my awesome domed butter dish?
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Oct. 8th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
pretty much indefinitely, as long as none of it is exposed to air. Exposed bit goes kinda bad, but if you chop it off, there's perfect butter under it.
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