Cut butter, save $$

Maybe this is obvious to you. But when I thought of it I felt like a genius! Here's the issue: butter seems to be getting more expensive these days. EXCEPT if you're willing to buy it in 1-pound chunks. That kind seems to be about a dollar cheaper. Maybe it's because where I shop the 1-pound kind is from a less health-foody company. It's just plain old buttah. But here's my problem: A pound of butter is just too much to have lying around. We like to keep a small butter dish on the counter for spreading on toast or frying eggs or whatnot. It only fits one 1/2 cup stick of butter though. What to do?

Here is my brilliant brainwave. Cut the butter. Let me take you through step by step.

Start with a pound of butter.

Slice out one "stick" worth at a time.

Put the "stick" in your butter dish where it fits so perfectly.

Sit back and let the savings roll in.


Elaine - The Gourmet Girl said...

I've been 'cutting' butter for years and this is a great reminder for others.
Here's a tip, use a cheese wire and cut the entire 1 lb block when you bring it home. Freeze in the sizes that best suit your needs, then you can grab and go!

Joie de vivre said...

This post has me laughing. It's often the most simple ideas that are indeed the most brilliant.

Gladys Glover said...

Yes, I was going to say -- you can freeze buttah! Also, if you're like me and you really don't use up much milk in a week (putting it only in your morning tea, perhaps), you can buy the big ol' jug (I pay extra for a half gallon of organic), portion it out into small containers the way you would chicken stock or lemon juice, and freeze it for later.

"Prof. Kitty" said...

Thanks for the comments! I appreciate the further tips. I need to invest in a cheese wire for sure. And I'm big on the freezing. My latest thing is to take half of whatever meat I have for a meal and throw it in the freezer. We can never tell if the stirfy has .8 pounds of beef or .4... Then, more for later!