Do you have more butter than you need? Perhaps you've over-ordered or you're going away and don't want any excess to go to waste. Well, if you're wondering if you can freeze butter to save it for later, the good news is that we've got a complete freezer guide below on how to do just that.
Can you freeze butter?
How soon does butter need to be frozen?
Always freeze butter as soon as possible as the freezer will not improve food quality so it’s best to freeze food at the peak of its condition. Do not freeze butter that has melted and solidified again.
Butter can be wrapped-up and frozen immediately and here is no need to make any special preparations if you are wishing to freeze a whole block. It is best, however, to take the original wrapper off as this will be manufactured for chilling purposes and not freezing.
Another great way to preserve butter and also have a ‘flavour-friend’ to hand is to create flavoured butters that can be used straight from the freezer on grilled meat, poached fish or to add an extra special touch to cooked vegetables.
Add a few tablespoons chopped parsley to 100g softened butter with a squeeze lemon juice and season. Beat with a wooden spoon until combined, then shape into a log about 3cm in diameter. Wrap in foil and pack in a freezer-safe bag. To use unwrap the frozen butter and cut into slices using a knife dipped in hot water.
Experiment with different flavours, try flavouring the butter with a little wholegrain mustard or try a tangy lemon butter for grilled or baked fish – use a tablespoon each of lemon juice and zest.
Try this delicious herb butter that can be frozen – simply cut off slices as you need them.
How do you store butter properly in the freezer?
Butter and fats are best ‘over-wrapped’ as they tend to absorb stronger flavours and smells – so they are best wrapped in two layers of freezer-safe packaging. You can wrap a block of butter in foil, then overwrap it with a freezer-safe bag. Always remember to label with the contents and date of freezing. When freezing smaller items like blocks of butter it’s a good idea to keep a record of foods in your freezer so they do not get lost and forgotten.
How long does butter last in the freezer?
Frozen butter can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Does freezing butter change the flavour?
Freezing butter, if stored correctly, will have minimal impact on flavour. Making a herb butter and storing in the freezer not only helps to preserve the butter and use up herbs, but also in this instance the fact that butter is susceptible to absorbing flavours can be an advantage. During the freezing and defrosting process the flavours will develop further - to keep these flavours contained and also to keep them separate to other flavours in the freezer, always remember to double or over-wrap.
How to defrost butter
Defrost a block of butter or smaller logs of butter overnight in the fridge. Place onto a plate lined with kitchen paper and cover loosely with cling film. Once defrosted, keep wrapped in the fridge and use within 3 days. Herb butters are not only great used in cooking but they’re also delicious in sandwiches, used on canapés or spread on toast.
Recipes for defrosted butter
Blocks of butter that have been thoroughly defrosted can be used in all the usual baking favourites such quiches, cakes and tarts. Here’s a round-up of a few of our favourites: Chocolate fudge cake, Crab Quiche, Lime meringue tarts
When really cold butter is called for in a pastry or crumble recipe for example, a block of frozen butter kept in the freezer can be really useful – simply coarsely grate the desired amount from the frozen block.
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