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  1. #1
    knjkn Guest

    Default How long is butter good for?


    How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or butter/oil
    products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I disposed of a
    pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had for what I was
    afraid might be too long. Cleaning out your fridge and purging contents
    can certainly bring tears to your eyes, can't it? My kids seem to think
    that anything with an expiration date three days prior to when they
    discover it is OUT!! Incidently, I never did find any expiration dates
    on the two containers of butter I finally tossed. Wonder where they hid
    it.




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    knjkn

  2. #2
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?


    "knjkn" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or butter/oil
    > products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I disposed of a
    > pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had for what I was
    > afraid might be too long.



    I've had it for a few months with no problem. IT can be frozen too, if you
    care going to keep it a long time.


  3. #3
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    knjkn <[email protected]> wrote:

    > How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or butter/oil
    > products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I disposed of a
    > pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had for what I was
    > afraid might be too long. Cleaning out your fridge and purging contents
    > can certainly bring tears to your eyes, can't it? My kids seem to think
    > that anything with an expiration date three days prior to when they
    > discover it is OUT!! Incidently, I never did find any expiration dates
    > on the two containers of butter I finally tossed. Wonder where they hid
    > it.


    Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge. Some would cringe at
    that but I've never had a problem. OTOH, my sense of smell is going to
    hell. There are only two of us in house and I keep only maybe 3 tbsp of
    butter in a dish at room temp for spreading. I've never been accused of
    using or serving rancid butter. If I were to happen on a *really*
    good deal (June is dairy month) I'd load up and stick it in the freezer.
    Then I'd have to remember it's there. Aging is a beyotch!
    --
    Barb,
    Creamed Cornbread, June 13, 2011; http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  4. #4
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    knjkn <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Cleaning out your fridge and purging contents can certainly bring
    >tears to your eyes, can't it?


    No tears, it put blood in my eye. My fridge went warm last week and
    HWSRN said he's never seen me that mad in 45 years of wedded wonder. He
    exited stage left so he wouldn't get hit by flying food on its way to
    the wastebasket.

    > My kids seem to think that anything with an expiration date three
    > days prior to when they discover it is OUT!! Incidently, I never did
    > find any expiration dates on the two containers of butter I finally
    > tossed. Wonder where they hid it.


    My condolences about the kids pitching stuff ‹ I've got one like that,
    too. She wastes a helluva lot of food, IMO.
    --
    Barb,
    Creamed Cornbread, June 13, 2011; http://web.me.com/barbschaller

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge. Some would cringe at
    > that but I've never had a problem. OTOH, my sense of smell is going to
    > hell. There are only two of us in house and I keep only maybe 3 tbsp of
    > butter in a dish at room temp for spreading. I've never been accused of
    > using or serving rancid butter. If I were to happen on a *really*
    > good deal (June is dairy month) I'd load up and stick it in the freezer.


    I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Andy Guest

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits <[email protected]> wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge. Some would cringe
    >> at that but I've never had a problem. OTOH, my sense of smell is
    >> going to hell. There are only two of us in house and I keep only
    >> maybe 3 tbsp of butter in a dish at room temp for spreading. I've
    >> never been accused of using or serving rancid butter. If I were to
    >> happen on a *really* good deal (June is dairy month) I'd load up and
    >> stick it in the freezer.

    >
    > I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    > freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.



    The question I'd ask to the OP is how much butter do you use on a regular
    basis?

    Butter will always be in the dairy case of every supermarket, probably
    worldwide. It's not like there's going to be a shortage to worry about
    any time soon.

    Here, the butter tray is always on the kitchen table at room temp which
    hasn't once caused any illness. A tray usually lasts maybe three or four
    weeks.

    Andy

  7. #7
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    On 29/06/2011 11:38 AM, Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:
    ..
    >
    > I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    > freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.



    My mother did not use much butter, so a pound would last her a month or
    two. She once cut into the second half of a pound that had been in the
    fridge for a while it i was all black inside.

  8. #8
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    On Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:54:39 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > knjkn <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or butter/oil
    >> products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I disposed of a
    >> pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had for what I was
    >> afraid might be too long. Cleaning out your fridge and purging contents
    >> can certainly bring tears to your eyes, can't it? My kids seem to think
    >> that anything with an expiration date three days prior to when they
    >> discover it is OUT!! Incidently, I never did find any expiration dates
    >> on the two containers of butter I finally tossed. Wonder where they hid
    >> it.

    >
    >Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge.


    I keep butter in the freezer, in original packaging and then in a
    zip-loc. I place one stick at a time in a covered glass butter dish
    in the fridge. I've had pound packages of butter in the freezer for
    up to two years, and single sticks in the fridge for up to three
    months but usually I go through a stick in less than one month, no
    spoilage problems. If kept well wraped and in a covered glass butter
    dish it won't readily absorb odors... of course it depends on what one
    keeps in their fridge... all bets are off with smoked fish and cut raw
    onions. I've never had an odor problem keeping butter wrapped with
    chocolate... true... I sometimes keep chocolate bars in the freezer,
    in the same zip-loc with butter. Of course the chocolate never lasts
    long enough to absorb even one butter molecule. LOL

  9. #9
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    On Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:11:56 -0500, Andy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Ranée at Arabian Knits <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge. Some would cringe
    >>> at that but I've never had a problem. OTOH, my sense of smell is
    >>> going to hell. There are only two of us in house and I keep only
    >>> maybe 3 tbsp of butter in a dish at room temp for spreading. I've
    >>> never been accused of using or serving rancid butter. If I were to
    >>> happen on a *really* good deal (June is dairy month) I'd load up and
    >>> stick it in the freezer.

    >>
    >> I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    >> freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.

    >
    >
    >The question I'd ask to the OP is how much butter do you use on a regular
    >basis?
    >
    >Butter will always be in the dairy case of every supermarket, probably
    >worldwide. It's not like there's going to be a shortage to worry about
    >any time soon.


    Especially not if cows world wide have udders the size I notice around
    here... now yoose know why I don't believe there's a higher power...
    or all women would have udders the size of a Holstein... then there'd
    be peace on earth, man wouldn't have time to make war.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdud...1&feature=fvwp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOg2HtpxVXw&NR=1



  10. #10
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

    > On Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:11:56 -0500, Andy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Ranée at Arabian Knits <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> In article <[email protected]>,
    >>> Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Meh! I keep it for a couple months in the fridge. Some would
    >>>> cringe at that but I've never had a problem. OTOH, my sense of
    >>>> smell is going to hell. There are only two of us in house and I
    >>>> keep only maybe 3 tbsp of butter in a dish at room temp for
    >>>> spreading. I've never been accused of using or serving rancid
    >>>> butter. If I were to happen on a *really* good deal (June is
    >>>> dairy month) I'd load up and stick it in the freezer.
    >>>
    >>> I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    >>> freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.

    >>
    >>
    >>The question I'd ask to the OP is how much butter do you use on a
    >>regular basis?
    >>
    >>Butter will always be in the dairy case of every supermarket, probably
    >>worldwide. It's not like there's going to be a shortage to worry about
    >>any time soon.

    >
    > Especially not if cows world wide have udders the size I notice around
    > here... now yoose know why I don't believe there's a higher power...
    > or all women would have udders the size of a Holstein... then there'd
    > be peace on earth, man wouldn't have time to make war.
    >
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdud...1&feature=fvwp
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOg2HtpxVXw&NR=1



    A couple of dumb pretty girls!

    [Just read the script!!!!!!]

    Heck... even WE could do that!!!

    We'd like ours straight!!!

    Andy

  11. #11
    Miche Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    knjkn <[email protected]> wrote:

    > How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or butter/oil
    > products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I disposed of a
    > pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had for what I was
    > afraid might be too long.


    Taste it. If it tastes rancid, chuck it out. Otherwise it's fine. I
    never check "use by" dates on butter.

    Miche

    --
    Electricians do it in three phases

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    In article <JvIOp.124$[email protected]>,
    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 29/06/2011 11:38 AM, Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:
    > .
    > >
    > > I agree. Refrigeration keeps butter for a long, long time and
    > > freezing keeps it indefinitely, AFAIK.

    >
    >
    > My mother did not use much butter, so a pound would last her a month or
    > two. She once cut into the second half of a pound that had been in the
    > fridge for a while it i was all black inside.


    I don't think I've ever seen that. Ever. Or heard of anything like
    that. Now, we go through butter fairly quickly, but we've gone several
    weeks with it in the fridge and never had any problem at all.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    John Smythe Guest

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    Andy wrote:
    >
    > Here, the butter tray is always on the kitchen
    > table at room temp
    > which hasn't once caused any illness. A tray
    > usually lasts maybe
    > three or four weeks.
    >
    > Andy


    Huh? From what I have noticed, it can cause brain
    damage. At least in your case it seems to have.



  14. #14
    John Smythe Guest

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    Melba's Jammin' wrote:

    > HWSRN


    Try as I might, I cannot figure that one out?



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    Re: micheinnz-276206.09095930062011@dyna...93.knology.net
    Miche <[email protected]> wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > knjkn <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> How long is it wise to keep commercially produced butter or
    >> butter/oil products in the fridge? Today, amidst sighs and tears, I
    >> disposed of a pound and 1/2 of butter (in stick form) which I'd had
    >> for what I was afraid might be too long.

    >
    > Taste it. If it tastes rancid, chuck it out. Otherwise it's fine. I
    > never check "use by" dates on butter.
    >
    > Miche


    Use by dates are there to make consumers happy.

    MartyB



  16. #16
    sf Guest

    Default Re: How long is butter good for?

    On Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:47:02 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I don't think I've ever seen that. Ever. Or heard of anything like
    > that.


    Me either and I had a stretch of time where I froze butter.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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