Botanically infused butter is one of the easiest and most versatile ways to elevate the flavor of your food. Whether you're making garlic butter for your bread or herb-infused butter for your steak, the possibilities are endless.
However, storing your infused butter can be tricky. You don't want it to go rancid, but at the same time, you don't want to put it in the fridge and have it lose its flavor.
So let us show you how to store your infused butter so that it stays fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.
Store At Room Temperature
One of the best ways to store your infused butter is at room temperature. This will help the butter retain its flavor and freshness for up to two weeks. It's important to use a clean, airtight container that is completely dry before storing your butter. You can use a glass jar or a covered butter dish lined with parchment paper. Make sure the butter is fully covered and tightly sealed.
Store In The Fridge
If you live in a warm climate or if your kitchen gets very hot during the day, you may want to store your infused butter in the fridge. Store your butter in an airtight container or a butter dish lined with parchment paper so that it doesn't pick up any other flavors in the fridge. Infused butter stored in the fridge can last up to a month, but it may lose some of its flavor.
Store In The Freezer
If you have a lot of infused butter and don't plan on using it anytime soon, you can store it in the freezer. Wrap the butter tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. You can also store butter in an airtight container or plastic bag. Make sure to label the container with the date so that you know how long the butter has been in the freezer. Infused butter stored in the freezer can last up to six months.
Salted VS Unsalted
Salted butter has a longer shelf life than unsalted butter because the salt acts as a natural preservative. If you're making infused butter, use salted butter instead of unsalted butter. This will help your butter retain its freshness and flavor for longer.
Avoid Sunlight And Direct Heat
Lastly, make sure to store your infused butter away from sunlight and heat. The warmth and light can cause the butter to spoil and lose its flavor. Keep your infused butter in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or cupboard.
Storing infused butter requires a little extra care, but it's worth it to keep the butter fresh and flavorful. Whether you use room temperature storage, fridge storage, or freezer storage, make sure to use an airtight container and keep the butter away from heat and sunlight.
And don't forget to use salted butter for a longer shelf life. By using these tips, you can enjoy your infused butter for weeks or even months to come.
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