I recently made the switch back to real butter from the tub of vegetable oil, emulsifiers, colorants and artificial ingredients. I like the taste and peace of mind of eating real butter, but fighting with the stick of cold butter to spread on my bread or toast and then tearing holes in my bread was frustrating. Of course, if I remembered to set it out to soften before using it, the butter spreads smoothly. Problem was I might need it now! Or maybe I forgot to set out to soften. Problem solved, I discovered the Butter Keeper Crock!
I use the marble design one only because I like the looks of it, and it happens to match an utensil holder I got as a gift from my mother-in-law. This has become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. It really is a simple but clever invention that keeps butter cool, fresh, soft, and sweet for up to 30 days without refrigeration. Did you know before refrigeration, butter crocks were essential for keeping butter fresh?
You simply pack in one stick of softened butter into the lid/holder and press firmly. Pour cold water into the base of the crock just enough to cover bottom (approximately 1/3 cup). Add a little salt to water to enhance the preservation of the butter (optional). Place lid/holder upside down into the crock. It really works and keeps butter soft. It also works with cream cheese too.