Dear Heloise: I would like to know if BUTTER has to be kept in the refrigerator. I buy a pound of butter, and I put a stick on a glass dish and keep it covered on the counter. I put the rest in the refrigerator until needed. Is this correct? -- A Reader, via e-mail
Great question! Well, yes, it’s probably okay under certain conditions. If your kitchen is a reasonably cool temperature, so the butter stays solid and it’s only a few days, you’re probably okay. However, according to manufacturers, it is best for butter to be refrigerated until used. They recommend keeping it in the original container in the coldest part of your fridge, and not storing it in the door. Most packages will have a “use by” or “best by” date on them, so be sure to use it by then.
So, it’s up to you! Butter is better if kept in the cold, but butter kept out of it is probably safe, as long as you don’t let it get old! -- Heloise