Block Of Butter On Counter All Day..oops..still Good?

Decorating By sweetcravings Updated 23 Oct 2008 , 11:25pm by CNCS

sweetcravings Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:09am
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Earlier today around 1030am i took out a completely frozen block of unsalted butter and put it on the counter with plans to make some cookie dough this afternoon. At 2:00 it was still pretty frozen so i left it there. Then thats when i got busy and ended up going out for dinner etc.. So just now i realized it was up there. It feels cool, the house has been around 69degrees all day. Is the unsalted butter still ok to use or should i ditch it? I don't want to make anyone sick.

Suzanne

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peg818 Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:45am
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Oh its fine, here i leave butter out on the counter all the time. Unless its so hot that it will melt, its nice to have softened butter handy.

dragonflydreams Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:47am
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. . . ditto as above . . . thumbs_up.gif

Gingoodies Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:47am
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I have done the same thing.. I refridgerated the butter and actually used it a couple of days later with no ill effects.

penney00 Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:55am
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I always leave a stick of butter on the counter so it is soft. Never been sick from it.

tchrmom Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:05am
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My husband stores real butter in the cabinet all the time. We have never had a problem. I keep the cooking butter in the fridge and soften as needed.

bettinashoe Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:06am
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Room temperature butter never hurt anyone (that I know). I always leave some out just to have it available (toast, quick icing, etc) except in the middle of summer.

KoryAK Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:10am
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yep, its fine

Suebee Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:11am
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I always leave my butter at room temp. I have a cabinet just for my cake stuff and I keep my butter in there. Even when I was growing up my mom alwasy kept a stick of butter in a butter dish on the counter.

sweetcravings Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:23am
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whew, thanks everyone..i feel better now. ;0) It's so expensive i hate to waste it. I guess i will be making some dough tommorrow.

chonrath Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 1:24am
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Oh, yeah! Glad to know I'm not the only one. There's always a stick of butter on the counter and some in the butter dish.

Sugarchic Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 4:10am
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I saw a shoe were they said if you could try to leave the butter out over night so it was completly @ room temp.



Blanca

funkycupcake Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 2:24pm
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oh goodness yes it's still ok. like everyone else, growing up there was a stick of butter on the counter (in a butter dish lol icon_lol.gif ) mom keeps it in the cupboard all the time. she found out that butter doesn't really go bad. it's one molecule away from plastic. even flies won't touch it!! but the cat will.... icon_cool.gif

penney00 Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 5:37pm
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Originally Posted by funkycupcake

oh goodness yes it's still ok. like everyone else, growing up there was a stick of butter on the counter (in a butter dish lol icon_lol.gif ) mom keeps it in the cupboard all the time. she found out that butter doesn't really go bad. it's one molecule away from plastic. even flies won't touch it!! but the cat will.... icon_cool.gif




Yes the cat will lick it all up. I've accidentally left the cover off and found my cat licking away. tapedshut.gif Yes I tossed it.

OhioBaker Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:20pm
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Glad I found this topic...I left two sticks out since yesterday and was just wondering if I could use them tonight. Now I know. icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks.

tx_cupcake Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:30pm
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Originally Posted by funkycupcake

it's one molecule away from plastic.




Are you sure this isn't in reference to margarine? I thought I heard/read that somewhere...

seagoat Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:41pm
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Originally Posted by funkycupcake

it's one molecule away from plastic.




Butter is a food product, which is made exclusively from milk, cream or both, with or without common salt, and containing at least 80 percent milkfat by weight.

I think your thinking of the other butter...Margarine

FromScratch Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:43pm
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Yeah.. it's not butter that is almost plastic.. it's margarine.

I leave butter out too. I have it in the freezer until I need it and then I take it out and I also keep a stick in the cupboard in a butter dish since I like soft butter for toast and things like that.

mcdonald Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:55pm
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WHEW!! I am glad to hear I am not in the minority with the whole butter thing. I have always left my butter out .... also grew up that way.. but here lately I have been catching flack from some health nuts saying it is wrong

Lenette Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 7:57pm
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Just to add this straight from the mouth of the 2nd in charge of the local health dept. :

Plain butter is not potentially hazardous and is fine left at room temperature.

So, I leave mine out a lot too! icon_biggrin.gif

Bethkay Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 8:00pm
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I intentionally take my butter out the night before I make cake or icing so that it is super soft and ready to go. As everyone else has stated, I haven't killed anyone yet! icon_lol.gif

Bethkay Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 8:01pm
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I intentionally take my butter out the night before I make cake or icing so that it is super soft and ready to go. As everyone else has stated, I haven't killed anyone yet! icon_lol.gif

mayamia Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 8:02pm
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I ALWAYS LEAVE MY BUTTER OUT, NO PROBLEM

KHalstead Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 8:03pm
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this just made me laugh......not because of the original posters question, but two years ago when i first started making cakes I bought like 8 lbs. of butter (there was a killer sale) and I left them in the grocery bag on the counter (didn't see it) over night and the next morning I opened it up and was like oh shooot!!!!!!!!!1 I threw away all 8 lbs. of butter.......then the NEXT day I was making toast adn reached for my stick of butter in my butter container ON MY COUNTER that had been there for like a week and was like oooooooohhhhh noooooooooooooooooooooo.........what did I do??????? LOL

dragonflydreams Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 9:42pm
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. . . some light reading . . . the margarine molecule thing . . . http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/butter.asp

ReneeLynn Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 9:51pm
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it takes a long time for butter to go rancid. My butter is always on the counter (in a butter dish). sometimes we don't use as much and it stays there for weeks. It has never gone bad. Nor will it go bad in the summer when the house is warmer. seriously, butter lasts for ever at all temperatures! (frozen, cold in fridge and room temp on the counter).

psurrette Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 10:01pm
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If you take a look at the box there is o where on it that says must be kept refrigerated or refrigerate after opening. Also my health inspector told me it doesn't need to be in there.
Sugar is also a natural preservative so I never put cakes that are finished in the fridge

robinscakes Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 10:01pm
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We cut up pounds upon pounds of butter at the bakery and leave it overnight to soften. It's never gone bad and we don't have air-conditioning in the summer.

MichelleM77 Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 7:01pm
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I've read that the salt preserves the butter, so unsalted butter might be another story. Not sure though.

funkycupcake Posted 23 Oct 2008 , 7:42pm
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my bad. it is margarine im thinking of lol.

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