(Closed) Butter- in or out of the fridge?

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 46
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Growing up it was always out. I loved being able to actually spread the butter but whenever we’d have company they thought it was totally weird. Now we use the tub of land o’ lakes low fat spreadable butter so you get the best of both worlds. The sticks are always kept in the fridge since they’re normally only used for cooking. 


Post # 47
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was going to mention the Land O’Lakes spreadable butter, too (only I don’t use the light version).  I use that for toast, and the sticks for cooking, all kept in the fridge.

Post # 48
204 posts
Helper bee

I had no idea so many people kept it out.  It’s never occured to me to not keep it in the fridge.

Post # 49
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We have it in the fridge… it’s never hard, i dont know if you guys have the same butter as we do over here in Australia, we have soft spreadable butter so you can spread it straight out of the fridge 🙂

Post # 50
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely in the fridge…


Hubby’s dad leaves his out and it grosses me out…. I just think about all the bacteria growing on it!

Post # 51
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I keep my “stock” in the fridge, but a small amount out in a container to have soft butter for toast or bread with dinner. 

Post # 52
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Fun question.  Growing up, all of the butter was kept in the fridge except for one stick (we always bought them in packs of 4).  That one stick was kept in a butter dish on the table for toast/everyday use.

I lived to tell about it.

Side story:

When I was living abroad, I knew a few South Africans, and I was shocked to see that they wouldn’t refrigerate salsa/hot sauce/ketchup/other condiments that were open in their apartments.  Everything was kept in their cupboards.

Also, it’s common in other countries to not refrigerate eggs.  At the grocery store, you can find them in the center of the veggie section with potatoes/onions/whatever.

Of course, these people live to tell about it too.

Funny how culture can affect how one refrigerates things…

Post # 53
1551 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@reginaphalange:  Wow, I leave butter out, but somehow leaving eggs out or not refrigerating ketchup once it’s been opened grosses me out.  It must all be in what you’re used to!

Post # 54
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@reginaphalange: Here too. Butter out, I’m still alive. We do the same thing with eggs. [Err, we would if we had any counter space.] But a fresh egg that’s never been in the fridge will keep quite a long time.

Post # 55
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012


Post # 56
3010 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I keep it in.  I’ll pull it out if I want it to soften up a bit before I use it.

Post # 58
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In the fridge.

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