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Butter at room temperature retains 90% of it's flavor; refrigerated (cold) butter loses 90% of it's flavor. ALWAYS let butter reach room temperature before using!
By Cajun62234 from Collinsville, IL
I keep one stick of butter at room temperature because if it is soft it doesn't take as much for a roll or a piece of bread. We were eating entirely to much of it and since I started doing thiis the butter lasts a lot longer and we still are able to slather it onto whatever we are eating.
In many recipes, you can substitute butter for shortening. Here is some advice if you are wanting to try this substitution. This is a page about using butter instead of shortening.
In the U.S. a stick of butter is typically equal to 1/4 lb = 8 Tablespoons = 4 ounces = 1/2 cup = 113 grams.