Oh, hell. They beat me to it.

On my list of blog post ideas, I’ve had an entry on there for several weeks now: butter bell. And what’s on today’s Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen today? Butter bells!

Well. I bought a white crock, with BUTTER in raised letters on the front, from Williams Sonoma about a month ago, for about $14. It was, I admit, a total impulse buy. I’d read about these butter crocks a while ago, and I was so surprised to find one, I snapped it up. I brought it home, washed it, and filled it. Here’s how it works:

I kid you not when I say this thing has changed my life. I love it. The butter is always perfectly soft without any funky taste to it. I’ve been filling mine with Pamplie Butter with Fleur de Selsweet fancy Moses! Who knew butter could be that good? Sweet, salty, and now that I read FreshDirect’s description of it, it is actually slightly nutty tasting.

Since buying this crock, our consumption of foods requiring room-temperature butter have sky-rocketed. Grilled cheese? No problem! I fact, we’re eating so much grilled cheese, I’m starting to run out new ways to make it (which is another item on my list of things to post about).

I’ve also become quite fond of the traditional Dutch boterham. Directly translated, it means sandwich, but you don’t need a linguistics degree to see it literally means butter ham. My personal favorite is Levy’s Jewish Rye, a thin spread of butter, and a nice smoky slice of ham. Kosher? No. Delicious? Oh my, yes.

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7 thoughts on “Oh, hell. They beat me to it.

  1. Sorry I got to your topic first. Thanks for the reference to a specific butter to try.

    I’m sorry I didn’t know about your site sooner . . . I’m hosting a Pickle Party at my place in Bklyn tomorrow night, along with some other NYC food blogers. I’d love it if you could come, but I know its short notice.

  2. YUM! Butter, ham, delightful.

    And you got an invite from the cool kids! Jealous! I want to meet other food bloggers!

    Happy birthday!

  3. I am a HUGE fan of the butter bell.

    My mother bought one – this really cool hand-thrown one from some craft fair in suburban MPLS – when I was in high school but we never used it. When my folks divorced, I found it stashed with stuff to be taken to Goodwill. I snatched it up, but didn’t use it until a few years ago. Once I figured out how AWESOME it was – for most of the same reasons you describe – we used it all the time.

    Which meant that it broke.

    I’ve been on the lookout for another one. I’m quite partial to the handmade ones, but via yr links I’ve found some decent ones. I should just get over myself and buy another one, eh?

    Because hard butter is a drag, and gooey butter is just gross.

  4. Kristen, thanks for the U-bet offer. My NY daughter is coming for Thanksgiving and she could bring some, if I tell her where to get it. She has a daughter almost two. I enjoyed reading your site and will have to change your opinion on poundcake. I am the Queen of sourcream poundcake. Also make beets alot, pickled and borscht. I may be coming to a playground near you one of these days. Will check in on gezellig girl from time to time.

  5. That is SO COOL! I must have one. I don’t really use much butter though except for in baking, so maybe I’d be better off finding someone who does and then buying one for them. And then visiting often.

  6. Oh, I love my butter bell. That’s one item I will always use. It’s just so convenient to have room temp butter for cooking and stuff.

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