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SpudsandGravy · 09/01/2021 21:13

Hello all,

Following on from the yummy food worth paying extra for thread, how do those who use it keep 'real' i.e. block butter (not spreadable versions) usable? I always have some in a butter dish and I keep it out of the fridge, but for large parts of the year I can't use it for sandwiches etc.

What am I missing?

OP posts:

Thatsnotmynamename · 09/01/2021 21:15

A few seconds on defrost in the microwave.


miserableannie · 09/01/2021 21:15

I do exactly the same as you


Letsgetbizzy · 09/01/2021 21:15

I don't know however we do cut bits off and put int the meecro-waaaavey for about 3 to 4 secs....


Yoffel · 09/01/2021 21:15

I hear you. When I need to use it for spreading in the winter I put a chunk in the microwave for five second bursts till its soft enough. I have on occasion ended up with liquid though so you need to keep an eye.


RoganJosh · 09/01/2021 21:16

I just slice thin bits off.


dementedpixie · 09/01/2021 21:16

I put a slice in the microwave for about 10 seconds when it's solid even at room temperature


BeyondFrustrated · 09/01/2021 21:19

We leave it’s so cold in my kitchen it doesn’t go off.


SpudsandGravy · 09/01/2021 21:21

Thanks all. When I put it in the MW I've found that it develops a soft/liquid hole in the middle, and when it solidifies again it's not the same. I'll try m/waving smaller pieces, though.

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Buttercup2021 · 09/01/2021 21:23

Insulated butter dish from Lakeland. It’s on the counter all day and night - we don’t need to put it in the fridge except in high summer.


tigger001 · 09/01/2021 21:24

We leave ours out in the dish, i squish it against the plate with my knife to soften it up a bit first.


elver · 09/01/2021 21:27

I use a butter curler, put a few on a plate at room temp and they're soft enough to use in a couple of minutes


Hankunamatata · 09/01/2021 21:28

Friend cuts hers into slices and keeps slices in butter dish


MeepleMe · 09/01/2021 21:28

We always keep it out and when it's too cold to spread, just sort of dab thin bits onto the bread, like you do with Marmite. Not ideal except when it melts straight away onto toast. Might try microwaving it.


partyatthepalace · 09/01/2021 21:30

I just use M+S softer butter or President Softer butter, which is just butter whipped with water/milk rather then evil oil. So it is just slighter watery-er butter but you don't notice that unless baking. Spreads from fridge.


Bargebill19 · 09/01/2021 21:30

Only use it on hot food. Butter in a sandwich is a waste!


Truthlikeness · 09/01/2021 21:32

I cute off a few bits into a ramekin (those ones from Gu) and microwave for 10 seconds. Makes it soft enough to spread, but not melt. That much will last 2-3 days so I just leave it on the side.


Catsneezies · 09/01/2021 21:36

Cut it like cheese Grin


Almostslimjim · 09/01/2021 21:37

Ours is in a butter dish on the counter. I only keep it in the fridge before it goes in the butter dish. I've never had any go off.


User0ne · 09/01/2021 21:37

You could "work it" with a knife on the side of your plate before you try to spread it: it's what we do (no microwave here and a cold house).

Or eat toast where it's less of a problem


lentilsforlunch · 09/01/2021 21:39

Curl off bits with a steak knife


Imaginetoday · 09/01/2021 21:40


Only use it on hot food. Butter in a sandwich is a waste!

Makes the toast soggy

(If it doesn’t for you, what am I doing wrong with all those soft butter spreads?)

YouBoughtMeAWall · 09/01/2021 21:40

I only really use butter on toast. When the toast pops I stick my knife between the two slices (on the plate! Not in the toaster! Grin) for a few seconds then it melts the butter as I scrape.


sbhydrogen · 09/01/2021 21:40

Cut slices that are so thin it could be mistaken for filo pastry. That's how you get real butter on bread.


Imaginetoday · 09/01/2021 21:42

Sorry barge bill...fat fingers

That was meant for party at the palace and her spread buttery thing


Dilbertian · 09/01/2021 21:43

More reliable than a microwave is to soften the butter by covering it with a hot mug or small bowl for a couple of minutes. You can heat the mug or bowl by filling it with boiling water. Pour the water out when the mug feels hot to the touch and upturn the mug over the butter straight away. By the time you've got the rest of your stuff ready the mug has cooled and the butter has softened. It works best if the butter is on a plate, rather than inside a deep butter dish.

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