If you are passionate about baking, butter can be scarce quickly.
This is why I love to keep a stockpile of this essential ingredient when it goes on sale.
Butter can only be stored in the refrigerator for four months.
I prefer to freeze it to prolong its shelf life. That’s correct.
Butter can be kept in the freezer as long as it’s properly stored.
Frozen butter won’t affect its texture nor taste in any way.
Butter takes time to soften. Butter should be stored at its best.
Butter that has passed its expiration date will not be of exceptional quality.
How long can butter last in the freezer? Unsalted butter lasts up to 6 months in the freezer, while salted butter can keep for up to one year.
You can keep your butter longer, but it will lose its quality.
It will absorb flavors and odors from other foods and become more vulnerable to freezing burns.
Another tip: Butter can be used up to a month after being taken out of the freezer.
Refrigerating it will make your butter last less.
What is Butter?
Butter is made from cream from milk, which is usually from cows.
The United States, India, and the European Union are the top butter producers.
Butter is the preferred cooking fat due to its rich, creamy flavor, unparalleled taste, and unbeatable quality.
Varieties in Butter
Butter is usually unsalted and falls within the sweet-cream butter category.
Salted butter can also be found, but butter has had some salt added to it as a preservative.
Ghee and clarified butter are pure, golden butterfats made from milk solids.
It can be heated up to 450°F before it begins to smoke.
You can make a “roux” with this butterfat. European butter can contain as much as 86% fat.
It has more flavor and less water.
It can be used to make flaky pastry or puff pastry.
Europe is home to more cultured butter and sour butter.
To give it its tangy flavor, it is mildly fermented.
Will Freezing Butter Ruin Its Texture & Flavor?
The answer is no.
Butter can be frozen without losing its flavor or texture.
Butter can become rancid after a few months in a refrigerator.
It is, therefore, worth keeping it in the freezer, even if you don’t use it often.
Butter frozen in the fridge can be used just as fresh butter: on toast, in cookies, and even in delicate baked goods such as pastry.
How to Freeze Butter?
It’s very easy. You don’t need to label the box, as all the information is already there.
If you require additional protection, butter can be stored in a freezer-safe container.
It will be less likely to pick up any odors or tastes from food around it.
Avoid strong-smelling foods such as garlic and onions.
If the butter is not in its original container, wrap it in aluminum foil.
Before freezing butter, it is a good idea to cut it into one tablespoon piece.
Butter becomes much more difficult to work with once it has been frozen.
How to Thaw Frozen Butter?
This can be done in many different ways. It all depends on how much time you have.
Butter can be frozen for up to 6 hours or placed in the refrigerator to thaw.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use a box grater to grate the frozen butter.
It will freeze at room temperature in minutes.
The fastest way to thaw butter is in the microwave.
It would be best to microwave the butter for too long, as it could melt the butter.
You cannot use melted butter if the recipe calls for softening the butter.
Start slowly at 10 seconds and increase the time as necessary.
How to Use Frozen Butter?
Sometimes, you don’t even need to thaw frozen butter to use it.
Frozen butter can be used in baking.
When cold butter melts, your dough will rise beautifully.
Add the frozen butter to your flour mix, and you’ll get beautiful pies and biscuits.
If you’re using the butter to make a stir-fry or scrambled eggs, it doesn’t matter if it has been frozen.
Just add the butter to the pan frozen and heat it in a matter of seconds.