How to Store Butter

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Keep butter refrigerated in its original wrapper. The foil laminated paper helps prevent spoilage from exposure to light and air, and also protects butter from picking up the flavour of other foods. If you wrap it well, once opened, both salted and unsalted butter will keep in the fridge for three weeks. However, if you plan to keep it longer than a few weeks, butter will keep its fresh taste better if you wrap it again in extra foil or plastic.

Butter freezes well, but should be further protected by over-wrapping it in additional foil or heavy-duty plastic wrap or a freezer bag. Properly wrapped, salted butter will keep in the freezer for up to one year. After this, it may begin to lose the fresh butter flavour and pick up other odours or flavours from the freezer. Unsalted butter will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

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