Do you put the butter in the fridge or not?

@mermaidivy (15421)
United States
July 9, 2009 2:12pm CST
I always like to put the butter in room temperature so when I use it, it is not hard so it can be spreaded out easy on the bread or pancakes etc. but my hubby always mind me that butter is milk product so I should always keep it in the fridge... but we haven't got any problems since I haven't put the butter in the fridge anymore... What about you? Do you prefer cold hard butter or room temperature butter?
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49 responses
10 Jul 09
I keep the butter that is in current use in the cupboard and the rest int eh fridge. We use it quite a lot so it doesn't have time to go off. It's not out of the fridge for more than a week. Remember that before we had fridges butter was used as a preservative (think potted shrimps) because it is mostly fat. The day I come down for breakfast inthe morning and the butter is soft I announce "summer is here" When it starts to go hard again I know winter has arrived - then we start to use spreadable butter
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
That's right, when it is still soft when the butter is out, we know sumer is here ;-)
@Geone1 (65)
10 Jul 09
I prefer to stick butter in the fridge although ye can find that with some fridges it tends to make em very hard and difficult to spread on dry bread, but I think it keeps a lot better and longer in the fridge, where as in room temperature tends to make it very soggy and soft and it's more likely to melt if you room is very hot.
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@Ldyjarhead (10162)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I grew up with butter being left out and I still do it. I haven't had any problems whatsoever and I'm 52 yrs old today. I raised two sons that way too and they are now in their 20s, both 6'3" and never had an issue. I've never had butter go bad or grow mold or smell rancid. You can tell when milk is bad because it will have an odor even when refrigerated, and cheese will have mold growing on it. I'm never sick, so I know doing it this way has never made me sick. I keep the rest of the butter in the fridge, but the stick that I'm using stays right on my counter. The only time I might put it back in the fridge is if it is really hot in the house and the butter dish is swimming!
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
14 Jul 09
I didn't think there are any problems either and you are a very good example telling there is nothing wrong with leaving butter out. Thank you for your post!
@OConnell87 (1046)
9 Jul 09
it depends what you buy because some products are very hard to get onto a knife when they have been in the fridge, so leaving it out for a bit before you want to use it is a good idea but i wouldn't leave it out all the time because constantly changing the temperature at which you store it increases the bacteria on the product. I use olivio instead which is not hard in the fridge
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Thank you!
• United States
9 Jul 09
The butter does belong in the fridge and i have never even heard of anyone never not putting it in the fridge. I kinda think it is weird to not have the butter in the fridge as it is a dairy product and most dairy products all belong in the fridge so they don't spoil and go bad on you and then of course you are spending more money then you should be. If you don't like your butter so hard then don't buy that type of butter, but maybe try the spreadable butter that they make as most people i know buy that butter.
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Thank you for your comment :-)
@bjcyrix (6859)
• Philippines
23 Nov 09
Putting it in the fridge does keep it from spoiling. Its just a precaution. If its stored outside the fridge then it should be consumed sooner rather than later. Good thing butter is a basic staple especially for breakfast and snacks. I prefer butter from the fridge because that just means I can have more butter than I realize.LOL With soft butter, you get what you want in the littlest possible since it is already spreadable, but with hard butter, you have to get slices of it on your bread and try to spread them. Since spreading them isnt such a good idea so you just get more butter to put in the bread.LOL Hard butter is always good for carving. Maybe you'd like a swirl of butter on your pancake, or maybe a cube of it on your cupcake. When you put them in the oven, you see the butter melt all over the pastry that just makes it even more tasty. That's just for me anyways.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
9 Jul 09
When I grew up in Michigan my mom always left it out, as I grew up I have also. Now I live in Mexico and that's not possible! But I was once told that the butter area in the door of the refrigerator is there to help keep it warmer than the rest of the frig. so I've tried that and it's not as soft as I like, it's still soft enough to spread on a slice of bread! tdmex
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
9 Jul 09
hmm why not Mexico? BEcause it is too hot?
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
9 Jul 09
It's 106 right now!
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
10 Jul 09
Okay, I see the butter melts!
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
12 Jul 09
Hello mermaidivy, I always buy soft butter and put it in a fridge. Whenever I need to use it, I just take it out and it is still soft and spreadable easily. I can't put it outside as the weather here is very hot and all the stuff like this get spoiled easily.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
12 Jul 09
I always keep my butter in the fridge. I buy both the stick butter and the soft butter. If you would buy the soft butter you wont have a problem with it not spreading. but keep it in the fridge.
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@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I have the same problem. I keep my butter in cold water, but not in the fridge. I have only small portion out, so the rest is always fresh....good butter will stay hard if kept in cold water....
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Oh that's good idea too!
@Ithink (1973)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I personally have always kept all my butter, margarine sticks and margarine tubs in the refrigerator. I buy all these kinds as I use stick normally for backing, my hubby likes real butter and I buy the tub for like toast and things where it needs to softer. I have never had it outside sitting so I dont know if it would really go bad or not. Guess Im just not going to chance someone in my family getting sick thou, if you can get sick off it that is.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
20 Jul 09
Hi mermaidivy, well I have no option for six months of the year except to keep my butter in the fridge, if I forgot it would be a melted mess everywhere as it is so hot. I prefer my butter more spreadable but if I reach it out before I make the toast then by the time the toast is ready then it is ready to spread. I only actually use butter for two things, on toast, with marmalade, and as an addition to mashed potatoes (winter only).
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I think definitely put thebutter out in the winter because it is so cold where I live...
• United States
20 Jul 09
It depends on what kind of container it's in and season. Here in warm weather the oil seperates from the margine if it's left on the counter and turns into a mess so I try to keep that in the fridge. Plus I've had to keep in the fridge lately because my toddler likes to stick his fingers in the tub... & lick it off his fingers.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
• India
20 Jul 09
Yes i do always put butter in the fridge.. because here thr whether is too hot.. So if we not put the butter in fridge.. then it will soon melt.. because of hot whether.. so we always use and again on that time we put in the fridge.. so that .. we can use that for the long time.. And i prefer cold hard butter.. but i put that aslo in fridge only.. happy myloting..
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Thanks for responding :-)
@UK_Shree (3605)
15 Jul 09
I definitely prefer to work with or eat butter at room temperature as it is softer and the flavour is much nicer but yes it will definitely spoil much quicker at room temperature in the same way that all dairy products do, so I always keep butter in the fridge in order to extend its shelf-life.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
THanks for sharing :-)
• Philippines
14 Jul 09
If you put your butter in room temperature then it would melt. And that isn't good because it would be in a milky consistency. If you leave it under room temperature, you might spoil it or what. It is but necessary to put inside the refrigerator. Then, when you are about to use it, that is the only time that you're going to take it out of the refrigerator. You can let it stand for several minutes just before you spread it on your bread. Just that simple
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
THanks for sharing :-)
• United States
14 Jul 09
I keep butter in the fridge always. Now when Im about to bake something and I buy the stick of butter so I can measure it right, I do leave those out to be at room temp cause that is what there suppose to be at for baking
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
@kavikent (57)
• India
14 Jul 09
I like the taste of butter. my children are fond of butter, especially in bread toast. They love and insist to have daily. so i always take great care in purchasing and maintaining it. I always keep in fridge and use it when required. just i see to it that i take it out from fridge 1/2 hr before i use it.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
That's a good idea too!
@pp_earn (210)
• India
12 Jul 09
I also prefer keeping butter in the fridge since my Mom told me to do so otherwise it may turn sour.I have minded it since then because after all is really a milk product.I love eating soft butter.But, never mind, I keep it at room temperature and then eat it.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I do the same too. Thanks for sharing :-)
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Jul 09
We keep the butter in the fridge; the weather here is hot, so food (like milk,butter, cheese) can go bad. Moreover, there's the problem of ants. Anyway, I don't mind hard butter - I usually take hot toast, so the butter will melt on them.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
• United States
11 Jul 09
If you use it several times a day this is doable but if you don't butter can go bad and get mold. The butter compartment in your fridge door is meant to keep your butter safe but not as cold as the general compartment.
@mermaidivy (15421)
• United States
15 Jul 09
Thanks for sharing :-)