French Butter Bell
The French Butter Bell is a butter-keeper that keeps butter at the perfect spreading consistency without refrigerating. It's a pottery crock with two parts: a base that holds water, and a cup to hold the packed butter which also serves as a lid and as a serving dish when placed upside down.
-KP's Butter Bell is made with an unglazed variegated granite stoneware on the outside, and a glossy glazed white interior.
Approx. 4.5" wide x 2.5" tall (11.5 cm x 6.5 cm)
How it works
The top part containing butter is placed into the base, where water creates an airtight seal that keeps the air (and thus oxygen) away from the butter (oxygen is what turns butter rancid). This way your butter will stay soft and fresh.
The original design of this product has a bell-shaped lid and was first designed in France in the late 19th century, hence the name French Butter Bell.
How to use
- Pack the top part tightly with butter.
- Fill the base with approximately 1 to 2 cm (0.75 - 1 inch) of water.
- Keep the Butter Bell in a cool spot in your kitchen.
- To serve the butter: lift the top out of the base, flip it over, and place it on your table.
Care & Hygiene Tips
- Refresh the water every other day.
- Avoid warm countertop spots and sunlight.
- Handwash both parts with soap before refilling with a new batch of butter.
- When filling the top with butter, pack it tightly to prevent creating air pockets in which mould could grow. Using uncooled softened butter works best.
- Make sure not to overfill the base with water, to prevent water from overflowing as you place the top part inside.
- However, when the butter level declines in the top part, do add some more water to the base to maintain the airtight seal of the water touching the butter.
- Please note: unglazed grey surfaces are vulnerable to stains.