These days, when we go grocery shopping, most of us grab an extra package or container of the things that we use on a regular basis to tuck away for a rainy day, right?

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Well, if butter is a staple in your home, it looks like the rainy day might be just around the corner as experts are warning of the very real possibility of a butter shortage.

It's hard to know which forecasted shortages we should really pay attention to and we've become a little bit leery of the shortage scare where we're told something will be in short supply, stock up on it, and then it never goes into short supply.

However, any baker, especially those who are religious about holiday baking will tell you, that when it comes to butter, baking sweets without it just isn't the same.

Whether your holiday traditions include Christmas cookie baking, or you use butter in various dishes and know they won't taste the same without it, you might want to buy an extra box or two the next time you go grocery shopping because it appears butter is next on the shortage list.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a recent dairy shortage in the United States due to staffing issues and lower milk production and this means that Americans might have to scramble to find enough butter for their holiday baking.

Butter prices are at an all-time high with the average price jumping nearly 25 percent between July 2021 and August 2022 and because the demand for it will be highest in the next few months and there being a milk production shortage, consumers could see the price of butter spike yet again.

If you plan to stock up on butter for your holiday baking, keep in mind that it does in fact freeze very well, and by popping it into your freezer, you'll be able to extend its life.

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