Can you freeze butter? With butter prices going up regularly, we always look for a good deal on this yummy staple. It’s tempting to buy a whole bunch of butter sticks when we happen to find a great deal, but will we use all of it before it goes bad? Butter’s shelf life is usually 2 to 3 weeks and even though it will most likely be fine to eat for longer, it doesn’t keep forever.
That’s why the question “can you freeze butter?” is more popular these days than it ever was. And the answer to this question is yes: you can freeze butter. What’s even better is that it freezes well. The freezing process requires little to no effort and the butter can stay in the freezer for half a year or even more. Even butter producers like Organic Valley say that their butter can be frozen.
Interested in freezing butter? Read on.
How to Freeze Butter?
Freezing butter is as easy as it gets. Just place the butter stick (or sticks) into the freezer and that’s it. No need to re-wrap the butter sticks, the original packaging is fine to use. But if you are planning to keep the butter in the freezer for longer than a few months, consider adding an additional layer to prevent freezer burn. That additional layer could be a freezer bag or wrapping the stick in aluminum foil.
If defrosting a single stick of butter at a time is too much for you, cut the stick into several slices before freezing. Wrap each slice in aluminum foil and it’s ready to be transferred to the freezer. Again, for a longer freezing time, put the wrapped slice into a freezer bag.
How to Defrost Frozen Butter?
You can defrost frozen butter in a number of ways:
- Overnight in the fridge. This is the recommended method. Just transfer the stick from the freezer to the fridge the night before you need it. It will be defrosted and ready to use in the morning.
- Use a grater. Grating frozen butter is something most people wouldn’t think of, but it works beautifully. Grate as much butter as you need and leave it at room temperature. It will defrost in a few minutes.
- Water bath. If you need the butter thawed as soon as possible, transfer the stick into a freezer bag and submerge it in lukewarm water. The outer layer will defrost quite quickly, so if you need some butter for your sandwiches, this is a great method.
- Throw it in frozen. If you’re using butter in a cooked recipe or you need melted butter, you can usually add it in frozen. It will defrost and melt quickly.
- Microwave it. I mention this method last because it’s not the healthiest one. It gets the job done nevertheless. Remove the butter from all of its wrapping and microwave in short time increments (10-15 seconds). Flip the sides after each increment. Microwave until the butter is defrosted and ready to use.