A little while ago, Sharon from Mrs. Hines Class asked the question if one preferred to keep their butter on the counter or in the fridge, always looking for inspiration on what to feature on ‘Monday’s Simple Cleverness’, Sharon’s question inspired me to tell you about this simple clever way we keep the butter at ‘Our House’.
Many years ago, my mother-in-law told me about a very clever butter dish she had seen while traveling in Europe. She told me how the butter fit into a smaller compartment that was then inverted into a larger compartment with water that sealed out the air, preserving the butter at room temperature from going bad, yet maintaining a soft, spreadable consistency.
How clever! However, it was years, in fact, decades later that I had finally found one of these clever invention butter dishes in the states… this clever little dish I found at a pottery place in Kennebunkport, Maine a couple years ago.
Yep, hiding inside this simple, yet oh so clever, pottery dish is a stick of soft, room temperature butter, secretly preserved from the souring effect of air, behind a layer of water.
Here are the two compartments of the butter dish.
The one on the left is what will be filled with the butter.
And the one on the right is what will hold just enough water, so that when the one on the left is turned upside down into it, the water will seal the edges of the smaller compartment, keeping the butter preserved.
Empty butter dish.
It just takes a bit of water to seal out the air from the butter to keep it fresh.
Now the butter is kept soft, to easily spreadable, yet preserved from the souring effect air would put on it. What a simple, clever invention.