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Butter

Table manners for using butter. Butter can be served in different ways:

  • Put a stick of butter on a butter dish with a butter knife;
  • Serve sliced pieces of a butter stick on a plate (small) with a fork; or
  • Serve butter that has been whipped from small plate with a butter knife.

Guests can use their own knife (or fork) (if clean) to place butter on their plate if no utensil for that purpose is provided.

If butter is served in a wrapper or tub, dining etiquette requires that you leave butter packet wrappers or tubs on your bread plate after you have emptied them.

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