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  • Why can't i buy regular butter in a tub?

    you can get whipped butter in a tub but unless you want some buttery spread it is all sticks.

    why is this?

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    Because butter is quite solid when it's cold, so it does not work well in a tub because it's not spreadable at fridge temperature. You can buy a stick of butter and keep some at room temperature if you want some to be easily spreadable. Even better is to get a French butter keeper, which helps it keep longer and stay fresh at a spreadable temperature outside the fridge.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Owly View Post
        Because butter is quite solid when it's cold, so it does not work well in a tub because it's not spreadable at fridge temperature. You can buy a stick of butter and keep some at room temperature if you want some to be easily spreadable. Even better is to get a French butter keeper, which helps it keep longer and stay fresh at a spreadable temperature outside the fridge.
        +1. Get a butter dish, or a butter bell. These will allow you to keep the butter at room temperature and it will be easily spreadable.

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        • #5
          I just keep a stick out on the counter all the time. I've never had it go bad - ever! But then, we use a stick in 2-3days max.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
            I just keep a stick out on the counter all the time. I've never had it go bad - ever! But then, we use a stick in 2-3days max.
            i was wondering this the other day....i just opened some kerrygold and was wondering how long it will keep in the fridge...anyone know?

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            • #7
              Yes, you need a butter bell. It does not need to be refrigerated and keeps a long time!
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              • #8
                Because of the way it's made. It is not in flowable form when it is agitated out of the cream. If you're curious it's actually pretty easy to make. It would have to be warmed significantly to flow and that would not be good for the butter, so it's molded into some sort of block.

                Margarine is a mixture of oils and other crap that is liquid when mixed and piped into a tub, then cooled.
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                • #9
                  Kerrygold makes just what you want! We buy this all the time -- perfect butter.

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                  • #10
                    Ooo... that looks good. I use Kerrygold block but will look for the tub. Thanks!
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                    • #11


                      Some Shop Rite's even carry them

                      Then again, I don't have an issue with something like Land O'Lakes whipped butter. Nothing wrong with whipped butter as long as it's still just cream and salt.
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                      • #12
                        A stick of butter, warmed with a TBL or two of olive oil blended in is spreadable and insanely tasty.
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                        • #13
                          but what are you spreading it on? i only use butter for sauteeing so the block is fine...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Catherine View Post
                            but what are you spreading it on? i only use butter for sauteeing so the block is fine...
                            I like to spread butter on this:



                            And this:




                            And these:




                            Kerrygold's great on this, too:




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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
                              I just keep a stick out on the counter all the time. I've never had it go bad - ever! But then, we use a stick in 2-3days max.
                              I'm in awe. A stick of butter will sit in my butter keeper for about a month, maybe longer. Towards the end it gets this beautifully tangy flavor.
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