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1 kg (2 lbs) butter expires soon: recipes to use it all for one person?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 23, 2011 at 2:45 AM

A few months back butter was really cheap so I bought a lot and kept it in the back of the fridge. That would have worked out fine except I stopped eating eggs for a couple months as part of an elimination experiment (back on eggs), and buttering the pan for eggs was the main use for my butter.

Now I have a kilo of butter that expires in a few days and I don't know what to do with it all. I thought about bearnaise sauce/hollandaise sauce, but apparently they don't keep in the fridge. I live alone so it will all be for me. Yes, I doubt anything terrible would happen if I used it all over the next month, but I try to draw the line at the expiry date.

What are some good paleo recipes that use a lot of butter, and either don't require much time or are fridge-friendly?

Edit: I don't have space in my freezer, and in any event it would be a hassle to hack off appropriate portions and unfreeze them since I don't use that much butter for each meal.

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I'm with Shari. ghee out of the fridge lasts months, in the fridge, years, so just make a bunch of small jars.

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on November 23, 2011
at 07:14 AM

yeah generally when dairy has actually turned, you will know immediately. Accidentally eating rancid butter is unlikely.

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on November 23, 2011
at 06:06 AM

Sounds great!!!

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on November 23, 2011
at 06:05 AM

The Ghee is an awesome idea!!!

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on November 23, 2011
at 05:03 AM

If it's not raw butter, I don't see it going bad. My mother has used 3-6 month butter past the best buy/sell by date.

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on November 23, 2011
at 05:02 AM

can you get a 5 cubic feet chest freezer? Useful for buying cheap stuff and freezing! Pays for itself in less than a month usually. Cheap available from Lowes, Home Depot, Sears etc for $150-225 + delivery.

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:37 AM

Touche Ricardo!

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Unlike other things, frozen butter slices pretty easily. I find it very easy to just take out a stick and slice off whatever I need. If you can repack your fridge to make a little more room (or take out some meat and eat it!), then yes, I'd freeze it.

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Next time make 2 pumpkin pies and stick one in the freezer, Shari!!!!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:59 AM

LOL! I stand corrected. You are definitely the winner of the "shove your buttah in the damn freezer and call it a day" contest. Good job!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 23, 2011
at 03:28 AM

+1 No, I posted 1st !!! :-P

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Make ghee. It has a longer shelf life because you get rid of the milk solids.

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Just because something has reached the expiration date doesn't mean it automatically goes bad. That's to be used as a guideline and to absolve the company of any liability if a person gets sick. I never check expiration dates on stuff like butter. If it smells funny, I don't eat it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Then I guess you really do have a problem. Make ghee? That will last indefinitely in the fridge.

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:49 AM

I don't have space in my freezer.

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:48 AM

LOL! Richard. We posted at the same time. Great minds think alike!

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:34 AM

You could make ghee which has a much longer shelf life. I put mine to simmer in the crockpot, periodically skimming scum of the surface, then when there's a layer of scum at the bottom, pour off the liquid into a jar and enjoy!

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 23, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Butter freezes well. Put it in the freezer and defrost 4 to 8 oz as needed for cooking and consumption.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:48 AM

LOL! Richard. We posted at the same time. Great minds think alike!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on November 23, 2011
at 05:02 AM

can you get a 5 cubic feet chest freezer? Useful for buying cheap stuff and freezing! Pays for itself in less than a month usually. Cheap available from Lowes, Home Depot, Sears etc for $150-225 + delivery.

A03f0d03067a43c61786481d91e5d3a0

(1078)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:49 AM

I don't have space in my freezer.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on November 23, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Stick it in the freezer.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:37 AM

Touche Ricardo!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 23, 2011
at 04:23 AM

Next time make 2 pumpkin pies and stick one in the freezer, Shari!!!!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 23, 2011
at 03:28 AM

+1 No, I posted 1st !!! :-P

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on November 23, 2011
at 03:59 AM

LOL! I stand corrected. You are definitely the winner of the "shove your buttah in the damn freezer and call it a day" contest. Good job!

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:33 AM

If you eat other dairy besides butter, you could always make an Alfredo sauce with aged parmesan, cream and butter Pour it over some spaghetti squash and YUM!

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on November 23, 2011
at 06:06 AM

Sounds great!!!

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:08 AM

as long as it hasn't sprung to life it's fine.

(in other words, butter is good until mold takes over)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on November 23, 2011
at 07:14 AM

yeah generally when dairy has actually turned, you will know immediately. Accidentally eating rancid butter is unlikely.

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on November 23, 2011
at 09:13 AM

Add butter on your food. On the steak, on the steamed veggies, whatever you eat. It's delicious with almost anything. Make herb butter or other flavored butter, it serves as a great dip.

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:50 AM

You might want to take a look at this article. There are no regulations at all on best by/sell by dates. You don't need to use it all up at once. Just put it in the freezer and defrost as needed.

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on November 23, 2011
at 08:13 PM

Ummmm ... No room in the freezer? Really, I get that ... sort of ... but 2 lbs of butter is not a lot. If it's one chunk instead of sticks, cut it up and wrap in wax paper, throw in a bag and freeze. Maybe there's something in the freezer that needs to be cooked up to make room ;) That said, if it's been in the back of the fridge and not taken in and out repeatedly, I would say the expiration date is likely more a guideline than anything.

I keep stuff in the fridge/freezer days past expiration and eat them ... and I've NEVER gotten sick from them.

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:05 PM

Expiration dates are more guidelines than rules.

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Just freeze it. No need to try and eat a kilo of butter in one recipe!

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:03 PM

Make a hollandaise sauce for some tasty asparagus, or as others have mentioned, make a roll of herb butter and freeze it.

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on November 23, 2011
at 08:46 AM

Just keep using it. You'll know at once if it goes rancid. Until then, it is fine. And as others have pointed out - it freezes really well.

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