Can Frozen Butter Go Bad? (everything you need to know)

Picture this…


You’re cooking up some eggs, crisping up some Canadian bacon, and getting ready to smear some sourdough bread (or whatever bread you prefer) with butter for a delicious weekend breakfast.


Your knife is inserted into the stick of butter, and…nothing happens. As solid as a rock.


Can Frozen Butter Go Bad?

Properly stored butter can be frozen for four months before the “USE BY” date. If butter is frozen for more than four months, it may lose its fresh flavor and absorb freezer odors. Once frozen, butter should be consumed within 30 days.


After doing more investigation, I discovered additional facts that you should be aware of, so please continue reading…



How To Freeze Your Butter

The procedure of freezing butter is straightforward…


Try to preserve the butter in its original packaging or container so that you can refer to the package with the sell-by or best-by date for reference later on and you won’t have to worry about labeling anything. Before freezing, place boxes or sticks into freezer-safe storage bags.


Instead of storing the butter in its original package, wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it in a freezer bag.


Alternatively, since cutting frozen butter may be difficult, slice the sticks into pieces that are 1 to 2 tablespoons in size, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store them in freezer bags until needed.


Always keep the butter away from onions and other odoriferous frozen foods, since butter has a propensity to absorb the aromas and scents of the foods that it comes into contact with while being stored.



How to Make Use of Your Butter

Your butter may still be usable when it is frozen, depending on the recipe you are using…


Simply transfer the butter directly from the freezer to a pan or microwave to melt it, depending on the recipe’s instructions.


Grate frozen butter over waxed paper or a chopping board, or use a cheese grater to grate frozen butter directly onto a baking sheet or baking sheet lined with waxed paper.


The little bits will defrost in a short period of time. If you need to cream the butter, it must first be defrosted before it can be used in the recipe. The easiest method to accomplish this is to put it in the refrigerator for at least one night.


It will be difficult to cut a frozen stick of butter, thus it is preferable to thaw the butter in chunks rather than in a single piece.

If you need butter right immediately, you may thaw it in the microwave by heating it for 10 seconds on one side, turning it over, then cooking it for another 10 seconds on the other side until it is soft.


Continue to do this, keeping a careful eye on it, until the butter is soft but not completely melted.


What is the best way to utilize frozen butter?

Adding cold butter into recipes is made simpler and faster by grating it. This is a common and helpful method for incorporating cold butter into recipes.


A few seconds are spent grating frozen butter over flour and then mixing the flour and butter together, and the shreds of frozen butter are well coated with the flour.


Because the butter is still frozen, it will keep your dough nice and cool while it bakes and will melt properly when it hits the heat of the oven. And who doesn’t want to eat delicious biscuits and fluffy pie crust every now and then?



What is the best way to keep butter?

FYI: Keeping butter in the refrigerator is a good idea…


The easiest way to keep butter after it has been opened and removed from its wrapper is to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a covered butter dish in the refrigerator.


In order to soften butter for spreading, remove it from the refrigerator at least 30-60 minutes but no more than four hours before usage.


Using smaller chunks of butter helps shorten the time it takes for the butter to soften (see article on softening butter). Always put any unused butter back into the refrigerator after using it.


Keeping butter frozen is a good idea

Butter may be frozen in the original carton for up to four months if placed in the freezer prior to the BEST BY date printed on the packaging for extended storage.


I recommend wrapping the carton in aluminum foil or placing it in an airtight resealable plastic freezer bag before freezing to help preserve the delicate taste of the butter.


Following removal from the freezer and thawing, the butter should be consumed within 30 days of being thawed.



The following are instructions on how to soften frozen butter by grating

Softened butter is an important component in many baking recipes since it has to be soft enough to be incorporated into the batter or dough without breaking down.


There are times when the desire to bake arises without any forethought or preparation. If you find yourself in this situation, grating butter is one of the most expedient methods to get thawed butter.


Instructions Below:


  • Using the big holes of a box grater, shred frozen butter into a bowl.

  • Simply let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes will result in the shreds immediately warming up and softening.

When defrosting frozen butter in the microwave to soften it, we do not advocate doing so since the butter will not defrost uniformly and will most likely melt.


If you are baking or using a recipe that asks for softened butter, you should not use melted butter…


Alternatively, if you find yourself having melted butter on your hands, we recommend utilizing it for something else, such as sprinkling over veggies or sautéing chicken breasts.


Related Questions:

1. What is the ideal temperature to store butter?


Butter should be kept at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The majority of dairy products must be kept in a refrigerated environment. Follow the “Keep Refrigerated” instructions stated on the product label, as well as the “BEST BY? date marked on the package, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration.

2. Does butter go bad if I don’t refrigerate it?


Butter that has not been refrigerated may darken in color and have a different flavor and odor over time if left out in the open. It is for this reason that butter should be kept chilled.


3. Can butter go bad in the fridge?


Butter has a long shelf life, even when kept at room temperature. It may last for many months. It will, however, remain fresher for a longer period of time if stored in the refrigerator. Refrigeration helps to slow down the oxidation process, which will ultimately lead butter to become rancid if not stopped.


4. How long does unsalted butter last in the fridge


According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, butter may be properly kept in the refrigerator for up to three months. You may also keep butter in the freezer for up to nine months, depending on how often you plan to consume it.


5. Can you freeze spreadable butter?


Spreadable butter may also be frozen for long-term preservation, and it is particularly useful for cutting into pie crusts and other pastries, among other things. For it to be used as “spreadable” butter, however, it must first be thawed completely.



Final Thoughts

So, class, what did we learn? Butter that has been properly stored may be frozen for up to four months if frozen before the “USE BY” date.


Butter stored in the freezer for more than four months may lose its fresh butter taste and acquire freezing odors and fragrances. From the freezer, the butter should be consumed within 30 minutes.


Also, depending on the recipe, frozen butter may still be useable. To melt the butter, just move it from the freezer to a pan or microwave as directed. Use a cheese grater to grate frozen butter straight onto a baking sheet or a baking sheet coated with waxed paper.


The small portions will thaw quickly. To cream the butter, it must first be defrosted. The best way to do this is to refrigerate it overnight.


Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness and respect. Until next time!

Can Frozen Butter Go Bad? (everything you need to know)