Ok I have been keeping my butter in the icebox to keep it cool so that it does not spoil. But my husband hates it, he says that butter should be left out and that everyone he knows including himself will leave the butter out and will not become sick from it.
Is he right or am I? Please hack my butter confusion!
I was also one of those with parents who kept the butter dish on the counter and have just in the last year started leaving it out myself, only in a dark cabinet. I keep most of the butter in the fridge (next to the bacon grease) and keep a stick out in the butter dish. It should be kept in darkness. A non-transparent butter dish should be adequate for out on the counter. I considered the butter bell, but see no advantage to it and it is extra time and effort, two commodities I'm short on.
I stopped leaving butter out once I had black mold growing on it after just one day, and it was covered. I don't remember now, but it was probably during a humid time. Anyway, as much as I loved having it out and did so for years, that was it for me - no more. If I want it soft, I can take it out and put it on my thawing tray (anyone remember those from the 90s? They actually work because they're very conductive) and after 15 minutes or so, it's usually spreadable.
i remember growing up that butter was always kept on the counter in a covered butter dish, but i still keep it in the refridge because things go bad quickly where i live. I would LOVE soft butter though!!