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Kansas, Butter Bells

Sean and I took a trip with my mom to Kansas for my Grandma Peny’s 84th birfday. We went bowling, got to see a cool train set up, ate at a train restaurant, and ate at T-rex cafe again. Here are the pics.

Nathan and I bought 4 punds of butter at Costco today and we got to discussing whether you can leave butter out on the counter without it spoiling too quickly so that it is soft when you spread it on bread. The package we bought said that it should be stored in the refrigerator, but I’ve remembered people leaving the butter out and that it was fine to eat. I researched the web a bit and it seems that the majority say that it is the exposure to air that causes butter to become rancid, and that use of a contraption called a “butter bell” can keep butter safe for up to 30 days at room temperature. If you read this, please leave me a comment about whether you leave your butter out or not… I’m curious. And if you leave it out, do you just use a regular butter dish with a cover or do you use a butter bell?

2 replies on “Kansas, Butter Bells”

Regarding the storage of butter, bear in mind that if you’ve purchased real butter, it’s primarily a dairy product which, of course, is more prone to spoilage. If, on the other hand, you have purchased margarine or similar, I actually PREFER to leave it out for a while before I use it, as it makes it more spreadable and workable. I wouldn’t leave it out longer than 18 hours, though, as bacteria can set in.
-HINTS FROM KELL-LOUISE

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