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Butter Half-Sticks

Half the size of regular sticks of butter
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The usual sticks of butter come in half-cup sticks, but I fin that most recipes call for amounts of butter that fall in 1/4 cup increments, thus leaving a half used stick of butter. The simple expediment of half-sized butter sticks individualy wrapped would solve this problem.

I have not yet come across a recipe calling for 3/8 cup of butter.

DesertFox, Jul 10 2005

Sticks of butter http://www.thatsbj....502FTMbutter_01.jpg
Not from a tree [DesertFox, Jul 10 2005]

Another butter stick. http://www.afunworl...res/picture-778.htm
Twice halfbaked. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 10 2005]

more butter, can't have too much butter http://www.landolakes.com/products/
[dentworth, Jul 11 2005]

Knob or Stick http://www.googlefi...2stick+of+butter%22
According to this link, butter is 4 times more likely to described as being in the form of a stick than a knob. [hippo, Jul 12 2005]

Knob of butter http://www.ochef.com/300.htm
In our experience, a knob of butter is a couple tablespoons, more or less. [SledDog, May 05 2006]


       Sticks of butter? Do you harvest your butter off trees?
wagster, Jul 10 2005

       Does butter really get measured in cups? That's weird. Sticks isn't much better.   

       I think a much more universal method is called for. Hmmm.... now that's a posting guaranteed to bring down the fishbones. Excuse me for a sec!
moomintroll, Jul 10 2005

       Sticks of butter are a half a cup. Lots of recipes call for something like 1/4 a cup or 3/4 a cup, which leaves half of a stick of butter unused.
DesertFox, Jul 10 2005

       Make twice as much.
DrCurry, Jul 10 2005

       recipes here use ounces or dollops.
po, Jul 10 2005

       A well-built slice of toast can absorb four times its own weight in butter. That ought to handle the surplus.
Basepair, Jul 10 2005

       Where did you get that nugget of wisdom from [basepair]?
wagster, Jul 10 2005

       Unpublished results.
Basepair, Jul 10 2005

       //Just what do you do in your spare time, anyway?// I'm a researcher for the Butter Research and Marketing Council. Actually no. I just like butter.
Basepair, Jul 11 2005

       I think butter 'sticks' may be particularly American. Never seen them anywhere else.
waugsqueke, Jul 11 2005

       // think butter 'sticks' may be particularly American// Realising that weighing ingredients is not an American thing, roughly how much does a butter stick weigh? (I'm guessing it is printed on the pack - seems unlikely that supermarket goods are measured in fractions of cups)
TolpuddleSartre, Jul 11 2005

       [Tol.]quarter of a pound, four sticks to a box usually. see link   

       a full stick is a 1/2 cup, and the wrapper is marked off in tablespoons (one 'pat' being a tablespoon) so you can surely see how very difficult it would be for USers to convert at this stage in history.
dentworth, Jul 11 2005

       [po] Don't you mean 'knobs'?
hippo, Jul 11 2005

       In the UK, a butter comes in a pack, or a pat, each which I think is about the same size as 2 sticks.   

       I think it's funny that butter gets measured using a word that is about as unbuttery as you can get considering your average twig's brittle, woody, pointy, knobbly character - having a "stick" of butter is like having a "squidge" of Sherman Tank, or a "slosh" of uranium control scaffolding.
zen_tom, Jul 11 2005

       Perhaps at some time in the past, butter was employed as a weapon of war and dropped from aircraft, and the collective noun stuck.
coprocephalous, Jul 12 2005

       I always thought a pat of butter was about the amount that you could get on the end of your knife - or is that what [Pa've] calls a pad? I am simply amazed at the confusion caused by trying to measure butter.
wagster, Jul 12 2005

       2 knobs to a dollop.
po, Jul 12 2005

       knob = pat = dollop/2 ?
wagster, Jul 12 2005

       You know what they say, "Heart of gold - knob of butter".
hippo, Jul 12 2005


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