I’ll risk hyperbole here and say up front that the Butter Bell butter crock changed my life. Let me explain.
I’ve been obsessed with all things food related for something like 20 years now, such that my career is food-related, as are my vacations, requirements for potential neighborhoods to live in, and what I do for fun (cook) in my free time. The other side of this is that I am also willing to go to a lot more trouble to make things just so with my food than a less…focused person might be. I am particular. I don’t take a lot of shortcuts. I like things a certain way. This has been the case for decades.
Nevertheless, even I had resigned myself long ago to struggling with cold, hard butter which mangled my poor, soft baked goods. I had a butter-loving cat at the time, so that combined with stifling SE Michigan summers meant leaving it out on the counter was out of the question. I had all but forgotten the wonderful and simple pleasure of soft butter spread on fresh bread (not toast). And muffins. And banana bread. And popovers. And so on.
Then a friend told me about the Butter Bell butter crock, and all at once, every one of those barriers to spreadable butter fell away and in that small way, my life changed for the better. So now, ten years later, I’m spreading the word to all of you! Here’s how it works:
1) Pour about 1/3 cup of cold water into the base of the Butter Bell crock
2) Pack 1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter into the bell-shaped cup of the lid
3) Replace the lid into the crock. That's it!
The water creates an airtight seal, and combined with the crock, keeps the butter cool on your counter. Both actions prevent spoilage, even at room temperature. Ingenious! Want to see more? Here is a video:
Just because I love Butter Bells so much, Zabar’s has begun selling them, and we are introducing them with a bang (pun intended) over the Fourth of July on zabars.com.
From June 29th – July 7th, when you purchase any Butter Bell butter crock for $19.98 online at zabars.com, you can take $5 off your entire order. Just enter coupon code ZBTB5 at checkout. If you’re local, please check out our awesome selection of wonderful specialty butters in the cheese department the next time you’re in the store.