In this article, we will discuss how long does Butter lasts? its uses, types, and ways to store it perfectly.

How is Make Butter?

The process of making butter includes churning, where the cream should be churned consistently that makes butter. It should be a semi-solid emulsion. It is a spread, so it is important to have it at room temperature to spread easily.

The butter can be salted as well. So you need to be sure that you are buying the right one as per your choice. 


Butter is a versatile food or ingredient. The uses vary as per the dish or the meal you have. A few ways to use butter are:

  • Spread: Mainly, it was used in the breakfast as a spread on your toast or bread or even rusks. It can be eaten as a snack, along with a piece of bread of any type! They even serve it during flights to passengers in their food trays!
  • Sauce: As a suace it is melted and used as a base for different sauces like béchamel, white sauce, etc.
  • Baking: Butter is the original fat in most cake recipes; you need to beat it with eggs and sugar as the first step of your batter.
  • Dough: Some traditional dough recipes require butter as the fat content in the dough.
  • Frying: Some recipes call for the frying of the food to be done in butter. It is usually shallow frying.
  • For traditional sweets like Indian sweets.


Here are a few types of butter you can choose from:

  • Peanut
  • Almond
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Lemon and Garlic
  • Cocoa

The list goes on and on! There are many variations.

One variation has been there since the start, though, the clarified butter, also known as Ghee. It is butter from which all the water content and dairy content have been removed. What is left is pure butterfat.

How Long Does Butter Last?

Butter does not go as bad fast as you think. It is said that it can last up to 6 months in the freezer if stored correctly. Its shelf life is at least a month. In the fridge, it can last up to a month if opened, and if not opened, it can last up to 2 months.

The expiry also depends on how it is made and how it is stored.

It is advised to store it in the fridge; you need to cover it properly either by butter paper or in the wrapper that it came in. It is okay if it is not kept in an air-tight container.

The freezer can go way beyond the expiry date mentioned on the wrapper.

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