I got a butter bell!

I cook mostly with olive oil, but we do use butter from time to time. Some time ago, I wrote about wanting to get a butter crock. Where we live, it gets quite hot during the summer, and if I leave butter out in the traditional butter dish, it gets much too soft. If I put it in the fridge, it gets too hard and tears the bread when you try to spread it.

Dan often likes to have cinnamon-raisin bread for breakfast, so this can be a problem. Then I saw the butter bell, which is supposed to keep butter spreadable, yet cool. You put the butter in the top, then put a few inches of cool water in the bottom. When you put the top into the bottom, the water forms a seal that protects the butter from the air, so it lasts longer and doesn’t absorb odors, and the water keeps the butter cool and spreadable. That’s it.

I wasn’t crazy about the butter bell I linked to above, because it’s French and my new kitchen is Tuscan-looking (that’s not a political statement, just an aesthetic one 😉 ). Then on Amazon, I found this – an Italian-looking butter bell with graphics of herbs around it. Bought it right away, it arrived earlier this week, and it works just as advertised. Love it and recommend it highly.

Butter bell

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3 Responses to “I got a butter bell!”

  • joelen says:

    I’ve always been curious about Butter Bells… yay for a new kitchen toy! 🙂

  • Susan says:

    I’d never even heard of such a thing, -how often do you have to change the water to keep the butter cool?

  • KimL says:

    Hi, Joelen. Yeah, it’s working out very well – cute, fun and useful 🙂

    Hey, Susan. I change it about every three days. Seems to work well so far.

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