Butter Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I use salted or unsalted butter?
For most recipes, salted and unsalted butter can be used interchangeably. However, many chefs recommend using unsalted butter for baking, preparing seafood and for any situation where controlling salt content is desirable. Salted butter is a good choice for general cooking and is generally preferred for table use .
When do I use whipped butter?
Whipped butter is light and fluffy and is best used as a spread. Whipped butter contains more air than other butter products.
How do I store butter?
Refer to the package for expiration date. You may also store butter in the freezer for up to four months at 20° to 30° F, or up to one year at -10°F. The longer butter is frozen, the more likely it will lose its flavor and texture.
Remember butter is a flavor-delivery agent, which is why it absorbs the aromatic essence of spices and seasonings in cooking. However, this also means butter can absorb unwanted odors when stored improperly.
To prevent odor absorption, wrap thoroughly or place your butter in a sealed container before refrigerating. When freezing butter, wrap first in foil or place in a plastic bag.
How do I thaw butter?
If the butter has been frozen, simply place the amount of butter you intend to use within 30 days in the refrigerator and allow it to thaw. To soften refrigerated butter for spreading, take it out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.
At what temperature does butter melt?
Butter melts between 82.4°F and 96.8°F. To ensure that butter will melt and not burn, heat at low temperature and watch it closely.
How do I measure butter?
Accurate measurements are important in many recipes. Here are some facts to keep in mind when measuring butter:
2 cups = 4 sticks = 1 pound = 16 ounces.
1 cup = 2 sticks = 1/2 pound = 8 ounces
1/2 cup = 1 stick = 1/4 pound = 8 tablespoons = 4 ounces
1/4 cup = 1/2 stick = 4 tablespoons = 2 ounces