Do you use a lot of butter? My family loves butter and I use it to bake and cook with. Where I live, butter can be very expensive pushing almost $4.00 a pound at times. When there is a sale on it, I want to buy plenty and save on my grocery bill.
Like all dairy products, butter is stamped with a “best used by” date. Look at the box and you will see that butter can last for close to 4 months stored in the refrigerator. If you are like me though, I don’t have a lot of extra room for “storing” good buys on butter in the refrigerator.
Simply put the boxes of butter in your freezer! How easy is that? You don’t have to wrap it a certain way or put it in freezer bags. Just put the butter boxes in your freezer. You may want to use a magic marker and write the date so you can easily read it when you take your butter out. Always use the oldest dated butter first, even when they are coming out of the freezer.
Do you have to do anything special after taking the butter out of the freezer? No, just let it thaw. If I need a stick of butter soon, I set a frozen stick out on the counter so it is thawed before the meal is ready. I put the rest of the box of butter in the refrigerator and let it thaw.
How soon do I need to use the butter? The butter is said to be good frozen for 6-9 months. I have never taken it out of the freezer, thawed it and had it be rancid. Once thawed, use the butter like you would if you had just bought it and brought it home. (If you have any questions about this, please call your Extension office for advice.)
I usually take a pound of butter out of the freezer at a time. That would be 4 sticks in a box. If you don’t use butter too fast, just take a stick out at a time and thaw it. You can also freeze the big pound box of butter that is one big stick and not 4 separate sticks. Treat it the exact same way.
I can’t tell you how much money I’ve saved over the years by freezing butter. It’s just one more way to help cut your grocery bill. So watch for those butter sales, because now you know that you can freeze it!