I am too lazy to remove the butter wrapper

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  1. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    I just got 20lbs of butter on sale for $1 a pound. Problem is they are wrapped in 1/4 sticks for convenience. Just wondering if tossing all of it in a pan and melting it for clarified butter with the paper wrapper will be bad for me or not.

    Thank you,

    The honorable height of laziness, Kuan
     
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  2. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    I don't think there is any concern health wise and I think that is actually a smart way of doing it.
     
  3. cheflayne

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    My answer is very subjective, but it is that it would probably be good for you :~) Your post made my morning and gave me a good chuckle..only in the mind of a chef would that question and possibility come up.
     
  4. chefbillyb

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    Yes! But now you need to find someone with a bit more ambition to actually do it.
     
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  5. brianshaw

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    Why not... it's a great way to spare yourself of 12 minutes of drudge work.

    That was a great buy!!!!! Hopefully it's fresh!!!!
     
  6. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Yes kuan you have to remove the wrappers duh!
     
  7. french fries

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  8. flipflopgirl

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    It's ok.
    I sometimes soften butter in the micro for cookies and never remove the wrapper.
    Hasn't killed anyone yet lol.
    In fact the Grands are all geniuses.
    :nerd:

    Not just a bragger...
    mimi
     
  9. flipflopgirl

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    Stopped at WM for coffee and milk and noted the store brand butter was over $6 plb...
    Odd because the one import I could see was slightly above $4.
    I think this may be fallout from the shortage caused by the Brazil beef ban?
    Only piece of puzzle missing... what do dairy cows have to do with a side of beef?
    :confused:
    mimi
     
  10. duckfat

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    Personally I'd never do that because most butter wrappers I see have printing on them. Most wrappers come off toot-sweet if you just let the butter soften a bit.
     
  11. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Toot sweet haha!!
     
  12. teamfat

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    My guess is that wrappers peeled off cold butter would have less butter stuck to them, wrappers pulled out of warm butter would have a fair bit clinging to them.

    mjb.
     
  13. chrislehrer

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    Wow. I'm lazy, but you win. Kudos!
     
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  14. duckfat

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    I typically keep butter in the freezer so I just leave it out about 15 minutes or so and the wrappers come right off. Peeling 20# of butter sticks that were at room temp or soft enough to stick to the wrapper doesn't sound like a lot of fun. If the sticks are too soft then just chill n peel.
     
  15. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    At one of the hotels I worked at we would clarify 30+ pounds at a time (came in 1# wrapped blocks. We would just toss it all in a hotel pan, with wrappers and drop it into one of the steam tables. When it melted we'd pull the wrappers out and an hour later the butter would have separated so we'd just pour off the fat, leaving behind the whey and solids.
     
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    Work smart not hard.
     
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    Logical fallacy (proof by example)! As in "I never wore a seatbelt while driving... and I'm still alive." ;)
     
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  18. maryb

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    Save the wrappers in the freezer and use any butter that clings to butter baking dishes
     
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  19. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    You are right. That is a logical fallacy, but your post listing the chemicals that can be used in papermaking doesn't mean a lot either. Just because it is used in papermaking process doesn't mean that it is harmful in the end product. Paper was used to wrap many foodstuffs long before the advent of plastics (which also has its detractors). Even today, butchers often wrap their meats in paper. We use paper napkins to wipe our mouths, or use paper towels, at home to wrap up foods. We eat off of paper plates, and put both hot and cold beverages in paper cups. It is also used in cooking, if you want to counter that those above examples don't heat the paper. We use parchment paper under foods we bake, or even wrap food in before cooking. We often use paper towels or brown paper to drain fried foods on. There are numerous examples of how we wrap and cook foods while in contact with paper. And with all the fear mongering out there I have yet to see anyone raise the alarm about foods that come in contact with "food safe" paper products.
     
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    Jeez... I use paper towel to filter my cold brew coffee. I hope my days aren't numbered!

    Aren't butter wrappers coated, like baking paper?
     

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