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NEWS: New Butter Convenience From Land O Lakes

If you use salted butter, Land O Lakes has some new packaging that may make your life easier—or at least, keep your butter fresher. Butter is a very delicate product, and picks up flavors and scents adrift in your refrigerator. If you’re not a big butter user, and have a stick unwrapped for a couple of weeks, you’ve no doubt detected it. Contrary to what refrigerator designers might think, you should not leave your stick of butter unwrapped on that tray in your “butter compartment.” It needs to be wrapped tightly in the paper or foil it came in. If you’re not going to use all of the sticks you bought, freeze the extra until you need it, in the carton or packaging it came in (but to protect it from absorbing freezer odors, place the carton in double plastic freezer bags). For more advice on giving your butter the TLC it needs, read our Butter Tips.   Land O Lakes Half Butter Sticks
The new “Half Stick” in the front, compared to full butter stick at rear.
But back to Land O Lakes: Now, you’ll be able to buy a 1-pound package of Land O Lakes salted butter that contains eight 2-ounce/one-quarter cup “Half Sticks” (a half-pound package of Half Sticks has been available since 2006, and only Land O Lakes offers this smaller-size stick). The original pound package with four full-length, quarter-pound sticks is still available, but the Half Sticks provide the convenience of not having to cut or rewrap partially used sticks for recipes, or to keep the butter fresher in the refrigerator. Initially, Half Sticks will be available in 21 states along the Eastern Seaboard and Southeastern portions of the U.S. The products are only available in the salted variety because America prefers salted to unsalted butter by 4:1. Not us!! We use unsalted butter exclusively, and when we want to serve salted butter, we top it with sea salt crystals—tastier, prettier and better for you because of the nutrients in sea salts. (Learn more about sea salts.)Learn more about butter:
– See almost 100 butter terms in our Butter Glossary. If you’re looking for the difference between Danish-style butter and European-style butter, or the difference between Bercy butter and beurre blanc, this is the place.
– Check out the History Of Butter, from the beginning to present. Recorded use of butter dates to 2,000 years before Christ. The word butter comes from bou-tyron, which means “cow cheese” in Greek.Visit the Butter Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine for our favorite artisan butters, butter competition winners and recipes for flavored butter.

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