Red Feather Canned Butter – Shelf Stable Butter In A Can

Red Feather canned butter from New Zealand. Yes, it’s expensive compared to ordinary store-bought butter. However, it is a shelf stable canned butter requiring no refrigeration. It has a decent shelf life, making it an option for one’s long term storage /preparedness.

What Is Canned Butter?

Canned butter is probably something that you don’t have on your deep pantry shelves. When considering long term food storage, you might not have known that you can actually get canned butter – Red Feather being widely popular.

If you have been looking to add REAL canned butter rather than powdered or freeze dried butter to your long term food storage, look no further… Red Feather canned butter tastes great!

“We have found a canned butter that is imported from New Zealand that actually tastes better than any gourmet butter we had ever tried and with an indefinite shelf life, no refrigeration is necessary!” said a commenter.

“I bought this butter for long term storage but anticipated opening one can to test it. OMG! This butter is fabulous. It’s much denser than American butter, it’s not watery and doesn’t separate when melted. There is no watery milky residue on the bottom of the dish, just pure butter. It’s very thick/solid and tastes just fine.”

Yes, it is expensive. If you’re looking for the best price for Red Feather canned butter, the following 24-count appears to be the one.

Case Of 24
(Red Feather Storefront on amzn)

Red Feather canned butter what it looks like

This can contains 12 oz of butter – which works out to three traditional sticks of butter.

Once opened, refrigerate unused portion.
(see storage tip below)

Red Feather Canned Butter Shelf Life

Here’s a quote:

“Sealed airtight for maximum freshness, their canned butter delivers convenience in the form of extended shelf life and easy distribution without the necessity of refrigeration, Shelf stable for 10 years, Imported from New Zealand. Shelf stable for 10 years.”

Tip: My experience has been that typical “best by” or “sell by” dates on canned foods are not when they “go bad”. Here’s an article I wrote about what these terms really mean:

[ Read: Use-by, Best-by, Sell-by | Food Expiration Dates ]

Also, sometimes when you order canned foods online (like I have on occasion), some of them may come in dented. However, is is highly probable that they’re fine. Here’s another article that I wrote about that topic…

[ Read: Are Dented Cans Safe? Here’s How To Tell ]

Red Feather Canned Butter Ingredients

Red Feather Canned Butter Ingredients:

  • Pasteurized Cream
  • Salt

No preservatives with names you can’t pronounce! No food coloring’s or chemicals of any kind, just naturally made wholesome butter.

Serving Size; 1 Tbsp (14g)
Servings per container: 24
Calories; 100
Calories from fat 100

% Daily Value:
Total fat; 11g 17%
Saturated fat; 7g 34%
Cholesterol; 30mg 9%
Sodium; 100mg 4.2%
Total Carbohydrates; 0g 0%
Protein; 0g 0%
Vitamin A 8%

Why Would You Buy Canned Butter?

Yes, it’s expensive. You’re paying for a shelf-stable real butter product that does not require refrigeration until you open a can.

Not only is it good for general prepping & preparedness, it has other conveniences too…

Would also recommend for camping or hunting camp. Places where you may not have electricity.It’s better than dried powder – hands down…

“Just opened a can of butter that is five years old. Has been stored in the basement where it is cool. Just as good as the day I bought it.” said a commenter.

“Finally tried a can of this butter and wow, tastes better than store bought stuff and melts great and even spreads well.” said another on the blog.

Butter Storage Tip

Although they say to “refrigerate unused portion”- I would highly recommend to simply buy a “BUTTERBELL BUTTER KEEPER”. This is what is commonly used in Europe and elsewhere for fresh butter storage. Butter kept in a Butter Bell with a tiny bit of water added in the bowl – will last shelf stable up to 30 days. As long as you change the water ever few days.

[Ken adds:] We have been using the following Butter Bell Crock for years. They’re great!

The Original Butter Bell Crock
(amzn)

Yes, it is possible to make your own home canned butter from regular store-bought butter. Perhaps some of you have done that. Let us know in the comments below…

12 Comments

  1. Seems to me I would rather investigate the use of olive oil to perform the same culinary function and storage capability.

    1. I store my extra olive oil in a chest freezer. With that said, olive oil should be just fine in the cabinet for a year, maybe more – depending on one’s taste of eventual slow rancidity.

      1. I have olive oil that is over 2 1/2 years old with great taste-still. It is probably because my apartment is so friggin cold!

        1. lol – cold is better for storage! I too have consumed oils ~2 years old, and it was okay. I store/freeze olive oil and avocado oil. I like avocado oil for its higher smoke temperature for cooking.

          1. – Had Cornbread made in old black skillet last night. Pan was lubed with Avocado oil before putting it in the oven to preheat @ 400F. DW and I left nothing of the cornbread with the Beef Caldo soup I had made. It was delicious!
            – Papa S.

  2. E mailed Red Feather years back to get the date code on their can. Never heard back. E mailed a supplier about the code too, no response either. Good butter and will probably last longer than stated.

  3. We have a case of it in storage. We have used a case of it a couple yrs ago as the expiration date was coming up. Good stuff. Just like store bought butter. Uses like it. Melts like it. Worked great in recipes that called for butter.

    Yes expensive, but nice to have a case set back.

  4. Living the single life in Australia for 4 years and doing Motorcycle rallies/camp outs used a lot of this along with Belga Cheese. All good stuff. Brought a case of each back along with Nestles coffee with cream in the tube. a mug of hot water a squirt of coffee and good to go.
    Renegade

  5. I’ve never tried canned butter. Guess I should give it a shot. I’ve got a bunch of Augason Farms powdered butter stored away, I guess that will do me for now. Oh wait! I haven’t tried that either. Anybody know how that stuff is? Right now I just butter my toast with butter with olive oil and sea salt. I’m happy!

    1. I’ve heard the powdered butter won’t melt. So they say it’s best used in baking

  6. BBC,
    Been storing and using Red Feather for ten years now. tad salty, only slightly to my tongue, but highly recommend.

  7. – We’ve been buying jarred ghee, slightly better cost (not much!). Only problem is the glass container, good size for canning jams and jellies though.
    – Papa S.

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