What Are Your Best Butter Tips And Tricks?

What Are Your Best Butter Tips And Tricks?

Last night, as I was watching my stepmother prepare supper, I spied a plate — not a dish nor a bowl — but a plate of melted butter. She then proceeded to dip slices of French bread in the pool of butter, coating them completely from edge to edge before popping them in the toasted oven.

This, obviously, is a good butter hack, and one that had not occurred to me. It got me thinking about other butter blind spots I might have, so I asked the other staffers if they were sitting on any delicious, buttery knowledge. (They were.)

  • Virginia: I just butter directly from the stick — like rub it on like a glue stick, as opposed to cutting pieces off. (Claire note: I grease pans and skillets this way.)

  • Beth: I put my pats of butter BETWEEN the two recently toasted slices, and let them sit a minute. Then I rub the two toasts against each other to smear it all around — perfect melting and 100 per cent coverage.

  • Melissa: My butter hack is don’t refrigerate your butter, and maybe use a BUTTER BELL.

  • A.A. Newton: Freezer-proof your butter by wrapping it at least twice.

Since butter is such a big part of everyone’s life, I’d venture a guess that you all probably have some great tips and tricks for melting, storing, and spreading the near-perfect foodstuff, and we would love to hear them. (Another buttery tip that changed my life? Saving the wrappers.)


  • If the butter is too cold to spread properly, use a microplane to grate it onto a plate or directly on your bread

    On another butter related topic, My elderly father had fairly high cholesterol despite a reasonably healthy diet and plenty of exercise. His doctor advised an experiment: Stop eating any margarine, including the cholesterol lowering stuff, for 6 months and just eat regular lasted butter. It has been 2 years now and he has made no other significant changes to his diet. His cholesterol is lower now than it has been since they started testing it

    So my biggest advice is eat butter, not that yellow coloured sludge the chemical industry convinced us was better back in the 80’s

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