Have you guys ever heard of a Butter Bell?? I hadn’t until a few months before my wedding, when my roommate pulled out this strange contraption and buttered her toast with the softest butter I had ever seen. In my personal opinion, few things are more frustrating than completely butchering your hot, toasty bread because your butter is too cold and hard to spread properly.
Is that just me??
If not, then read on.
Butter bell’s are super affordable, and I loved mine so much that I bought one for my mother in law AND sister in law for Christmas. You could say that I spread the love (pun ABSOLUTELY intended!)
The concept is simple, and based on some ancient method of something-or-other. See diagram below:
Photo courtesy of butterbell.com
The design of the butter bell keeps butter at the perfect spreading consistency by insulating and cooling the butter. The butter stays fresh because of the seal of water at the base. Or so they tell me; honestly, it just works and I don’t care to fully understand why .
So, this is how I use my awesome butter bell:
Leave one stick of butter out for about 30 minutes or so, or until slightly soft (don’t allow the butter to become TOO soft. The butter should be firm enough so that is not slipping off a knife or melting in any way).
With a spoon, knife, or your own (clean) hands, smush the butter down into the top part of the butter bell. This should take some effort, because the butter shouldn’t be too soft. Be sure to press the butter firmly into the lid, removing all of the air pockets.
Place 1/3 of a cup of cold water into the base (as cold as possible!) Then place the lid back on the base, store in a cool place (i.e. away from your stove), and enjoy!
Some helpful hints:
As I said above, use cold water. If you live somewhere warm/humid, maybe use some small ice cubes.
Change your water EVERY 3 DAYS. This will help it stay fresh.
If you’re going to be gone for a long period of time, be sure to put the bell in the fridge.
Make sure you wash it after every use.
Make sure you don’t leave bread crumbs in the butter after you use it to butter a piece of toast…I’ve done this, and it makes mold form. Gross.
Have you ever heard of a butter bell? Would it be something you’d ever try?
Seriously, guys…you have to try this. Like I said, they’re super cheap . Give it a shot, it’ll make your breakfasts’ THAT much better!