Erika, I keep a stick at a time in the refrigerator. The rest I store in the freezer and take out as needed.
Last year when I was visiting my sister in the midwest, I noticed something I thought was very peculiar. She had butter stored in a butter dish on the counter. It was very soft and she was using it. It seems her in-laws handed down this tip. They keep it out for months. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole because I was concerned about bacterial contamination.
Have you ever heard of such a thing?
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