HOW TO STORE BUTTER

Like many of you, butter is a staple in our kitchen. We’re sharing the best storage practices for optimal taste, freshness and safety.


Butter – those delicious golden bars of goodness – are a standard in many kitchens. There’s nothing like spreading a generous helping onto freshly baked biscuits or homemade pancakes. Follow these best storage practices, from our friends at the USDA:

Unsalted/Whipped ButterStore in back of refrigerator for up to 4 months. May be removed 30-60 minutes prior to using to allow butter to soften.
Salted ButterMay be stored at room temperature in a butter dish or butter crock for 1-2 days if kitchen is 70° or cooler. Store in back of refrigerator for up to 4 months,
Homemade ButterStore in back of refrigerator for up to 10 days. Should be used within 3-5 days for optimal freshness.
MargarineStore in back of refrigerator for up to 4 months. Storing at room temperature will cause separation.

Did you know that you can also store butter in the freezer? Unsalted butter will keep for 6 months and salted butter for one year if properly wrapped in original packaging and a freezer-safe storage bag. Defrost the butter by placing it in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for several hours.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: If you plan to store butter in the freezer, we suggest cutting it into one tablespoon slices prior to freezing to allow easy access to smaller measurements for recipes.