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Old 01-31-2007, 09:05 PM   #1
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Butter Crock? Butter Bell?

Has anyone used a butter crock? I recently switched to using butter because its more natural and I'm curious about these things.

ButterBell.com - Butter Bell® Crock

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Old 02-01-2007, 04:50 AM   #2
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They are neat. Butter is always at spreadable temp. Being inverted in water keeps air away from the butter so it stays fresh.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:16 AM   #3
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I have always left one stick of butter out on the counter, in a regular old butter dish.

I probably use it up within a week, and I have never had it go rancid. My mom does the same thing.

I bought a butterbell recently, but haven't tried it with the water in it yet. In the wintertime, my kitchen is so cold sometimes the butter is too hard even sitting out on the counter!

I do use salted butter, and I don't know how unsalted would hold up.
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I think you will like it Mr._Dove. Mine got "swiped" but I did like it when I had it. Just make it a daily habit to change the water. The water doesn't have to be changed every day, I think it's every three days. It's just easier to remember when you tie it into something you do every day. It was great having spreadable butter all the time.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:23 AM   #5
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I have two of them for when I have extra people. Before I had one of these I also kept butter on the counter with no problem - unsalted as well as salted. I get the water nice and cold when I put it in.
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:27 AM   #6
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I really like mine. It is so wonderful to have spreadable butter at all times! I change the water in mine every other day (easier to remember than every three days).
I've noticed that in most kitchen stores the bells run anwhere between 15 and 20 dollars. However, if you go to a Marshalls or TJ Maxx type store, they'll often have one there for $8. Worth a look!
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love my TJ Maxx for those little things.
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:42 PM   #8
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Will the bell keep the butter warm in winter and keep it cool in the summer?
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Old 02-01-2007, 01:45 PM   #9
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Will the bell keep the butter warm in winter and keep it cool in the summer?
It will keep the butter near the temperature of the space in which it is stored. Our house is very cool in the winter and the butter still stays reasonably spreadable. In the summer, it's softer because our house isn't air-conditioned.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:07 AM   #10
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I paid full price for my butterball then saw one at TJ Maxx about 2 years later. I almost bought it just cuz it was so cheap. I buy a lot of my kitchen stuff there. But I'll second or third the butterball purchase. I love butter but don't use it much. It's nice to have around when my sis and her girls come over - they much prefer butter over my smart balance spread!
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