Real butter can be a yummy and healthy addition to a balanced diet. Butter must be kept away from light and air in order to stay fresh. Many people protect their butter from turning rancid by keeping it tightly wrapped in paper and in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, chilled butter becomes hard and is not easily spreadable. Years ago the French developed a specialized butter dish that keeps butter fresh at room temperature while still protecting it from light and air. A version of this technology is marketed today as the Butter Bell, or the Butter Keeper.
Does using a butter crock actually keep your butter fresh and ready to spread?
- Better for you – no need for the unhealthy but spreadable cold margarine, when you can have soft, spreadable butter anytime you want.
- Better for the Earth – no energy needed to keep your butter from spoiling
- Saves Time – soft, spreadable butter is ready for you whenever you need it
- Easy – The butter crock practically takes care of itself
- Eat more butter – real butter has some great health benefits
- You run out of butter faster because you are enjoying more of it!
Several years ago our family switched from margarine and “spread” to real butter. It turns out that real butter is all natural, and can be a healthy alternative to margarine (who knew?). It also tastes sooooooooo good, especially when softened and spread on fresh baked goods. The only down side is that butter from the fridge is hard as a rock and difficult to spread. I was always forgetting to take it out from the fridge to soften before my toast or muffins were ready.
When I was given a gift card to a fancy kitchen store, I jumped at the chance to get a french butter crock. I had been told by a friend that this was the kitchen tool you needed if soft butter was your thing (and it is totally my thing!). The crock is basically two bowls that interlock. The butter is packed into the smaller bowl then inverted and placed into the larger bowl, which has a small bit of water in the bottom. The water seals the air away from the butter and keeps it fresh for up to a month at room temperature!
I started using my butter crock the day after I bought it and I haven’t looked back. It works great! My butter is always soft and fresh and taste amazing. When ready to fill, I leave a couple sticks of butter out on the counter for a few hours until soft. Then I carefully pack the butter into the top of the crock, making sure to save the wrappers for reuse. A quarter-inch of water in the bottom of the crock is all I need to keep it fresh. I store it on a convenient shelf in my kitchen, out of direct sunlight. Any time I need butter, I scoop it out with a knife and refresh the water before replacing the top of the crock. I’ve heard the butter can last up to a month with regular water changings, but we go through a full crock every couple of weeks at our house. I then fully wash the crock and let it dry before filling it back up again.
If you like butter, you will love using a butter crock! It has quickly become one of my favorite kitchen devices. Here is a quick link to a nicely priced one if you are ready to start enjoying soft fresh butter! (amazon affiliate)
Have you ever tried a butter crock? Do you have another kitchen thing you can’t live without?