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via GIPHY. 4. Know When It Is Time To Toss. After about a week, the quality of the butter starts to break down. So, Chapman says only keep as much butter out as you can use up in a week’s time.


Butter will last as long as 1 month after the sell-by date on the package if kept continuously refrigerated. To further guarantee freshness, do not store your butter in the refrigerator door, where it is subject to greater temperature variations. Rather, store it in an airtight container in the back of your refrigerator.


A simple solution would be to keep my covered butter dish out on the counter or in a cupboard, where the butter stays room temperature and perfectly spreadable at all times. But for some reason I just haven’t been able to do it, which makes me wonder: Does butter really need to be refrigerated?


But it takes longer than 15 minutes to bring butter to room temperature, which many recipes call for. Many professional bakers bring butter to room temperature overnight. Covering unrefrigerated butter or leaving it in the wax paper reduces the likelihood it will become rancid, absorbing flavors or odors.


Buttering bread with cold butter is pure misery — but does butter need to be refrigerated? If not, how long does butter last and how long can butter sit out before it goes bad?


Depends on things like ambient temperature/humidity and whether it's salted) unsalted etc. Generally salted butter is good for a week or two, if not above 70c in the kitchen. Oddly enough, in US/UK/Europe butter being stored in a fridge is a prefe...


But for the butter to be safe for that long, it should be salted, pasteurized butter. It also won't work during the summer. If your kitchen is above 70 degrees, you should keep your butter in the fridge, no matter what kind it is. And if the butter goes rancid, then it's time to throw it out. How can you tell if butter is bad? Smell it.


How long does butter last? Butter lasts for about 6-9 months in the refrigerator and if there is a "best by" date stamped on the package then it will last for at least a month beyond that date, that is if it has been stored properly.


Butter usually can be kept out for several days without going rancid (salted butter will keep longer because salt acts as a preservative). Exactly how long butter will stay fresh at room temperature depends on how much heat and light it gets and whether it’s wrapped.


Unrefrigerated Butter. New to Chowhound? Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts. Log In Sign Up. David A. | Jun 20, 2006 11:24 AM 10. I had a fridge breakdown and I would like to know how long butter can go unrefrigerated before it goes bad.