Your supermarket is running a great sale on butter, but you're not sure how much to buy, since you don't use that much butter on a daily basis. So you're wondering if can you freeze butter. The answer is yes! Butter freezes extremely well and is so handy to have on hand. So stock up, and follow these simple guidelines for making the most of your butter stash:
• To freeze butter, wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag.
• Frozen salted butter will keep at best quality for up to 12 months, unsalted butter will stay at best quality for about 6 months.
• To thaw frozen butter quickly, defrost the butter in the microwave in short (10-second) bursts at a low temperature until softened. Or grate frozen butter using the large holes of a cheese grater; it will thaw quickly.
• If you’re not in a hurry, you can thaw frozen butter in the refrigerator; it will take about 6 to 7 hours for a pound of butter. You can also submerge the butter (in a tightly sealed plastic bag) in cold water; it will thaw in about half an hour to an hour.