I would like to introduce you to my Butter Bell. Her name is Belle. Corny, I know, but I had to share. She keeps my butter fresh at room temperature and, as a result, spreadable. I have had her for over 6 months now and I can't remember what we did before she came to live with us. Seriously! If you do not own one of these little wonders, please treat yourself. Click HERE and go buy yourself one. Quickly! In fact, buy several and give them as gifts. Your family and friends will be eternally grateful.
Here's the scoop directly from the Butter Bell site.
The Original Butter Bell® crock is a modern version of the authentic French beurrier. Made from high quality, durable New Bone China, the Butter Bell crock safely keeps butter at room temperature -- on the counter or tabletop -- without spoilage, refrigeration or odors. Through the study of traditional and historical butter storage methods, L. Tremain has recreated and improved this natural method of preserving the creamy texture and delicate flavor that makes butter the most desirable and most-used spread in the world.
The Butter Bell crock's innovative design keeps butter at the perfect “spreading” consistency by reflecting outside heat while insulating and cooling the butter. Flavor and freshness is protected by an airtight seal of water at the base of the crock. See picture below.
The Butter Bell crock also allows for more measured control of butter application. In other words, you use less butter without sacrificing flavor — important for today’s health-conscious consumers.