As I was checking out the latest prepper stories on Prepper Website (CLICKY) I came across an ad link for Red Feather Canned Butter.
I’ve been thinking about trying some canned butter for a while, so I went ahead, gave it a click and ordered a couple, one to try and one to try/review.
I don’t really know why I was a bit “hesitant” to try it, but my review sample sat on the shelf for a couple of months.
One day I was making out the grocery list with Spice and mentioned “we need butter”, she smiled and said “we have butter sitting in that can right there.”
And so we did. I opened it up and gave it a try.
And the verdict? It’s butter.
Normal, everyday, tastes just like every other well made pound of butter I’ve ever cooked with/spread. I’d love to embellish about all the nuances of the product, but the truth is… well… it’s just a well-made butter. It’s not quite as salty as American butter (this is a product of New Zealand) but it’s pretty standard stuff.
There is a manufacturing date stamped on the can, but no “best buy” date.
So what’s the shelf life? Turns out this isn’t as easy to find as one might hope. Due to a manufacturing buy out and rebranding by the company that makes the stuff, nothing about Read Feather is on their current website. SO… I went to Archive.org and hit the wayback machine and I found this link which explains the lack of a shelf life date:
“There is no Expiration Date written in stone, because the shelf life depends largely on the storage conditions (temperature, humidity, altitude, sunlight/shade, etc.). We do guarantee the shelf life for two years however, the actual shelf life of the butter will ultimately be determined by the storage conditions (temperature being the main factor) and the seal on the can remaining intact and therefore protecting the butter from the introduction of oxygen. After this, one can expect some nutritional value loss, although it will be edible, provide fat and calories in an emergency, and still be perfectly safe to eat if the cans remain sealed.”
I’ve eaten 15-year-old canned food that tasted fine, so I would personally think this butter would be good for many years.
Here’s the one drawback I have using canned butter as a storage food. Once the butter is opened, it is going to go rancid in fairly short order unless refrigerated (or at least kept in a very, very cool place)… as in “a matter of a few days” kind of time frame.
Careful planning would have to be given to using it up in a hurry (a big cooking project, feeding a large number of people, etc. to make this a prime prep… or having a cool root cellar at least to store it in.
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