French Butter Crock
The French butter keeper - stylish and efficient
All the households in our family have French butter crocks. It's all my mum's fault. It must be more that forty five years ago that our family was travelling through France and in a lazy country village cafe, my mum discovered this wonderful kitchen must-have ceramic.
And she really did need it
It captured her imagination and a good few hours of our vacation time - when we'd rather be sitting on the beach or messing about in the Mediterranean Sea - had to be spent scouring French stores so that mum could get her dream butter dish.
What on earth was it that made it essential?
These weren't available outside France (or certainly Europe) in those days. What makes them so useful is that they enable you to keep your butter out of the fridge, and yet it remains perfectly fresh and is always ready to use - no more carving slices of solid butter onto your toast.
No more garlic butter on your sweet foods
Much as I love (really love) garlic, it doesn't really go well with a nice scone, spread with a tasty strawberry preserve, does it? (Well,not to me!) I'm sure you've noticed that butter stored in the fridge will pick up the flavors of other foods, especially strong ones such as garlic and onions.
This handy keeper prevents that too and. believe it or not, your butter can stay fresh for around a month, without refrigeration using this little beauty.
From the kitchen to the dining table
These come in a huge range of finishes (see below) and most look splendid on the dining table, even when you're having a sophisticated crowd around for a dinner party. That's yet another advantage - there's no need to have any other butter dish or container.
How do they work?
It seems like magic. It very simple and these have been used in France for hundreds of years. The butter lives in the lid, water is added to the base and this forms a seal that keeps the butter fresh. I know I'm explaining this badly so scroll down to see a video of a lady who does a far better job.
If you'd like to learn more about the butter crock before you make your purchase, I have written about them at greater length.
Yes, that's two articles about this amazing product and that's simply because they are so useful. They are also gorgeous décor items in their own right.
Learn more - read my article about the butter crock.
I'm totally devoted to these simple but effective items. See more of my choices below.
I think that if I was buying a new version (which might be a long time from now - they last forever unless you carelessly drop them) I might opt for this one.
It's still in the traditional French style and is made in France too. You'll notice that it's made by Le Creuset - that says it all.
It's available in several colors (as is the one above) so you can choose your favorite and it will match your other Le Creuset products.
Beurriere's are almost magical, the way they keep butter so fresh - and so spreadable.
They come in a huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes.I like the clean and modern look of this one but there's something to suit every taste, every kitchen and every dining table.
Amazingly, they are very affordable too - definitely a kitchen essential.
See how easy it is
Sometimes, when I've described these items to friends, I rather imagine that they haven't quite believed me.
But it's perfectly true. These butter crocks will keep your butter at just the right temperature - without the need of refrigeration - and at the same time look stylish and chic on your dinner table or in your kitchen.
So take a look at the full collection that is available online. No matter what your tastes are when it comes to home décor, you'll find something that will blend in with your home perfectly. Although the example shown at the top of this page depicts the traditional French styling, you'll find that there are versions that are completely up to date and would be perfect in a home that has minimalist furniture.
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