Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Like Buttah

I'm sure I've mentioned once or twenty times that my boyz are skinny.  At football preseason weigh-ins, Eldest (8-1/2) was a hulking 60 pounds; Middle (6) was a hefty 40 pounds; and Baby (5) was a solid 38 pounds.  In their bathing suits, they seriously look like lollipops with their scrawny bodies.


So according to our pediatrician's orders, we still buy whole milk in our Trenches.  And they use full-fat sour cream.  And real butter.  On as many food items as I can possibly serve to them.

That being said, I prefer to keep the butter in a butter dish.  On the counter.  So it's nice and soft and spreadable when I'm making toast.  Or bagels.  Or grilled cheese.  This is how my Mom did it when I was growing up.

Hubby, however, thinks this is disgusting.  That hello, butter is DAIRY and should be refrigerated!  DUH. 

My response is that WELL I'VE DONE THIS MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE AND HAVE NEVER ONCE GOTTEN SICK FROM NOT-COLD BUTTER.

Yes, I'm aware that butter also comes in a container.  And is supposedly "spreadable".  But it's really not.  It's hard.  And it always breaks the bread when I try to spread it, dammit.

So I continue to use sticks of butter.  Softened on the countertop, thankyouverymuch.


So please help settle a longstanding marital dispute.  Is this gross?  What's the butter preference in your Trenches?

And yes, I just wrote an entire post about butter.

31 comments:

Ashley said...

I had no idea you could leave butter out. That would totally solve all my problems! I quit using margerine and use strictly real butter (I also have skinnies!) and I've been pissed about the difficulty of using it. But if you say its safe then I'm going with it.

confused homemaker said...

All of our Grandmas always left it out, those who are with us STILL do. ALL. DAY. None of them ever got sick from it. No one in either of our families ever did either. Granted it doesn't last that long with people using it throughout the day. In fact, we'd leave ours out if we didn't have kids who'd put their fingers in it. Ugh, GROSS!

MommyLovesStilettos said...

I've always left mine in the fridge cause that's what my mom did. It doesn't gross me out that it's out and I probably wouldn't even notice if I had butter that wasn't cold.

Kylee said...

We always left ours out and I do too. I get really irritated when I lift up the butter dish and see no one replaced it!

Mommy McD said...

My husband and I had this argument too. I told him there wouldn't have been a need for butter dishes to be invented if it couldn't sit on the counter. I win.

Jenni said...

as long as it's real butter it's perfectly fine! My grandma does the same things and so do I! I keeps it soft.

They used to not only leave it out, but those who traveled the Oregon Trail kept it in their wagons. That's actually how we get "salted butter". The salt is a preservative in it.

No problem at all!

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I use my boobs! Which, some might argue, is as gross as leaving it out on the counter ... LOL. I actually wrote a blog post about that last summer sometime. We refrigerate our butter, and usually I'll set it out for an hour or so before a meal - IF I remember. But when I don't remember on time, I just tuck the stick of butter (wrapped, naturally) between my boobs and finish dinner prep. By the time everything is done, voila - the butter is soft.

Yes, I'm serious. :)

Golden said...

My mother did the same thing. Have you checked out a butter crock? You leave it out on the counter. This supposedly keeps the butter "fresh" or at least air tight, discouraging bad things from growing, I think.

Garette said...

as long as you use salted butter you're totally safe, in my books, thats what my mom always said... not that she travelled the Oregon trail or anything....

Joie said...

HAHAHA - She uses her boobs! Now that? Is a woman using her goods for good! LOVE IT!

I try to leave my butter out, but I have given up. Someone always puts it away. Or my cat becomes obsessed with it.

But I think it makes some great smooth butter when leaving out!

You win!

workout mommy said...

I think it's safe to leave out too! we always do!

Sara (from Saving for Someday) said...

I've done this for years and I live in a very hot climate. My only problem is if the A/C goes out then I have melted butter b/c it is so hot.

Here is a link to a smart Ph.D-type who said leaving butter out is OK. Not optimal, but OK. http://missourifamilies.org/quick/foodsafetyqa/qafs649.htm

If you make your own butter it will spoil quickly. The store bought stuff is probably used up quickly enough you're more likely to get sick opening the door at the market than you are eating your counter-top softened butter.

Leave the butter out and enjoy.

Shell said...

I'm totally cracking up at Rita's comment. I don't have enough boobs to warm up butter.

We keep ours in the fridge most of the time, though I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving it out.

jayna said...

I only use the un-salted kind, and can barely make it through a stick a week, so it lives in the fridge. There is, however, nothing more aggravating than chipping bits off of cold butter.

Totally true though on the thought about not needing butter dishes unless it was okay to leave it out.

Peggy Sue Brister said...

Butter usually can be kept out for several days without going rancid (salted butter will keep longer because salt acts as a preservative). Exactly how long butter will stay fresh at room temperature depends on how much heat and light it gets and whether it’s wrapped. Ceramic butter crocks or “bells” extend butter’s life span because they keep it cool and protected.

parentingBYdummies said...

We put ours in the fridge. My parents leave it on the counter. Either way seems okay to me as long as your house is swamp hot I think you're good. I've been poisoned by food more than once though, so don't listen to me. I clearly don't know what I'm talking about.

Pollyanna said...

When I was a kid, we left the butter out too. My husband prefers to keep it in the fridge.

I compromise with keeping a tub of butter in the fridge, but then I scoop some out when I start cooking. It's usually soft enough to spread by the time I need it - especially if the dish is left near the toaster or stove.

Jen said...

Butter needs to be soft and sit on the counter! Done, end of story.

Michele R said...

These comments are hysterical! Maybe I should put a stick of it on my back to put some use to my hot flashes. I'd just stick it under my bra strap.

I don't normally serve butter but just last week I put it in a dish like yours and left it out and then next day it was too melted. My family left it out growing up.

You could be a two stick family and have him only eat from the kind he likes. My hubs likes that tub of Smart Omega.

BTW, love your doc. My kids' doc always said to them, "Only drink skim, ok?" That pissed me off cuz mine are thin also and we buy 1 or 2% and they eat ice cream, etc. galore. She just said her speel and didn't even look closely at my kids. I take them to our family doc now. That doc really pissed me off.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I think it's disgusting and also awesome.

We never did it, but my friends did and I thought it was genius.

I'm all for letting the butter out!

MissBrightside said...

I used to think that butter softened on the counter was the best thing going, but I am blown away by the boob-softened butter idea! Too hot in the kitchen? Just put one stick of butter under each boob until softened and then make cookies! Two problems solved! HA!

Rebecca said...

My mother did this for years and we never got sick. I use spreadable butter now by Land-o-lakes and Husband swears that this isn't butter...I just don't believe him. Why else would they put "butter" in the name?

Plus, how annoying is it to try to butter toast with hard butter???

Dorothy said...

I grew up like you did - the butter stayed out. But we also used it up so fast. Now, it stays in the fridge. I like the french butter dishes where the butter stays out but is suspended upside down in water to keep the bacteria out. Maybe your husband would prefer one of those

The Professional Family Manager said...

I read about Rita's solution on her blog a while ago. At the time I was a little, well, lighter, but having gained some weight--and some of it going to a place on my body that is making my husband very happy--I should try the boob thing.

Typically, I just take the butter out and leave it on the counter about twenty minutes before I need it so it gets soft; otherwise it stays in the fridge. We don't use butter all that often, mostly just for baking.

I have super-skinny kids as well. They got the genes from their dad. My oldest will be fifteen next week, is as tall as I am, and has a waist so thin she has trouble fitting into Size 0. I wish I had her problem. So our family doesn't do anything that the government says we should to avoid obesity in our kids...it's whole milk and butter and cheese all the way.

Serenityville said...

I support you 100%

Nancy said...

LOL!! OMG, these replies are awesome. *LOVE* the boob idea. :)

They make on-the-counter water-butter-dishes...called a Butter Keeper

The water is supposed to seal the butter in and help keep all those bad bugs out while the butter gets to stay on the counter and be soft. :)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

OMG, Rita's answer is priceless! If I tried that, the stick would slip right down my shirt into my pants and it could get warm that way but no way would anyone want to eat it.

Annie D said...

I think it's totally fine, but my husband thinks it's gross. Maybe it's a guy thing. Or maybe it has something to do with a neurotic, controlling mother... no?

Lex - @laprimera said...

we used to leave the butter on the counter near the toaster. Until the dog discovered she loves butter, and whole sticks started to disappear. So, until we get an unbreakable butter dish with a cover, we have to put it in the fridge.

Mary Ellen said...

I leave it out too. I HATE not being able to spread butter easily.

Theresa said...

Boob thing - totally AWESOME! Wish I had boobs big enough to make it work. Instead my family just has to grate the butter onto their stuff because it is always stuck in one large brick.

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