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Now that the cold weather is here and we are keeping the thermostat low my butter is so hard that I cannot even spread it on toast. What do you other mommas do? I have resorted to nuking it for a few seconds to make it usable.<br>
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I always keep my butter in the fridge. I just nuke as needed.
 

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Have you tried cutting the butter into smaller pieces? It seems to stay a bit more spreadable when there is more surface area exposed.
 

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we use butter in the tub (as opposed to in a stick)<br><br>
I just take it out of the fridge and use the butter knife to quickly "soften" the butter by stirring a small patch rapidly to kind of "whip" it before I try to spread it. Works great, although it will make your arms sore if you are buttering a loaf of french bread
 

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I have this problem too. I found a place next to the gas stove where the pilot is lit that is a bit warmer and I've been keeping it there. It's not warm enough to melt it and it stays spreadable. The next suggestion would be to put your knife in warm (not hot) tap water just before cutting and spreading, that usually does the trick.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we use butter in the tub (as opposed to in a stick)<br><br>
it will make your arms sore if you are buttering a loaf of french bread</div>
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Is butter in the tub margarine? or is it real butter?
 

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I keep ours near wherever the warmest appliance is- either the stove or if it is a no-cook day, the dishwasher if I need to run it.<br><br>
I have a butter bell as an Xmas present to my husband (he really wants one, has for a long time). I want to start using it but have to wait till the 25th!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you have a butter bell? Ours always stays spreadable, no matter how cold it gets.</div>
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This - we've used a butter bell for years now, they are great! In cold weather I keep it close to the stove and in the summer I change the water with cold from the fridge a couple times a day.
 

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Recently got a butter bell aswell Love it! My mum has one and I grew up using it. I would spend the $13 or so for one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is butter in the tub margarine? or is it real butter?</div>
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nah, margarine is not hard to spread cause of all the ickey trans fats. I was speaking about real butter in tubs or (more often) Smart Balance, which has the same spread characteristics as real butter (i.e. it is impossible to spread cold)<br><br>
Heh we always buy in tubs because it is the same price per ounce (or less) and it comes with free tupperware (haha all of our leftovers are in butter tubs from years past)
 

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We also keep the butter near a heat-producting appliance. Today for lunch, I put the butter on top of the range near the burner while I was making pancakes. This also works passably well when I put the butter right next to the toaster when making toast in the morning.
 

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I forgot about a butter bell - I had one 2 years ago and the kids knocked it off the counter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I think I've chosen to forget about butter bells...<br><br>
I do like the olive oil idea though, it would make it a bit healthier too.
 

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Soooo... Whats a butter bell???
 

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Love my butter bell!!<br><br><a href="http://www.butterbell.com" target="_blank">http://www.butterbell.com</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never heard of anyone not refrigerating butter? How long do you leave it out? Doesn't it go bad?</div>
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I have always had butter on the counter, I do it, my mother always did it. I have no idea if it ever goes bad, never had it happen to us.<br><br>
Likewise, we never have used a butter bell, just a covered dish.<br><br>
As for the OP - I have no idea, this time of year the butter is hard ont he counter, I just nuke for a few seconds to warm it enough to be spreadable, maybe 8-10 seconds?<br><br>
I do buy butter that has been blended with canola oil, so it can be spreadable straight from the refridgerator. I don't use it often, as honestly I forget that it's in there most of the time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">nah, margarine is not hard to spread cause of all the ickey trans fats. I was speaking about real butter in tubs or (more often) Smart Balance, which has the same spread characteristics as real butter (i.e. it is impossible to spread cold)<br><br>
Heh we always buy in tubs because it is the same price per ounce (or less) and it comes with free tupperware (haha all of our leftovers are in butter tubs from years past)</div>
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Okay I thought you were talking about maybe real butter got all excited that I was missing out on something.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never heard of anyone not refrigerating butter? How long do you leave it out? Doesn't it go bad?</div>
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Butter should be stored in the fridge for better quality. Purest can tell the difference. A butter bell will keep the butter as well as the fridge though.
 
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