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How to Measure Butter from a Block of it

peachblossom | Aug 4, 200604:40 PM     22

I've been buying the "gourmet", organic, european butter lately (Kerrigold, stuff from Trader Joe's, etc). I agree that it tastes better than the run of the mill, ultra mass produced stuff. My question is this: the butter comes in a single, huge block. How do you measure this block for tablespoons or sticks (8 T) for a recipe? When I buy the butter I don't think to measure it out ahead of time and I use it as necessary for buttering toast, cutting chunks out to fry meat in, etc. How are people measuring out butter if they don't have a scale? Do I have to approximate the amounts out when I buy the butter and cut it up ahead of time -- wouldn't doing so also mean the butter wouldn't last as long too?

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