Butter, Better

Butter Better

Butter is the ultimate commonplace luxury. We know it is the essence of the finest sauces and pastries and we also keep it on our counter to spread on toast. Sometimes it's a workhorse, sometimes it's a finishing touch. Sometimes we need it cold, sometimes spreadable, sometimes melted or sizzling.

So for the person who has everything, consider giving the gift of choice for multiple ways to have butter on hand in just the way you need it. If you go through a lot in everyday use, a stick or cube in one of our classic glass or ceramic butter dishes is ideal. If you want to get rid of that dreadful paper-foil that falls apart so easily and still keep butter in the fridge, try one of our lidded butter keepers to bring out when it's time for cooking or baking.

But for our money, the very best way to store a modest amount of butter to be ready for spreading at any time is the butter bowl - also known as the "butter bell". 3/4 of an inch of water in the bowl half of the assembly provides an airtight seal. Press cold butter firmly into the top - or bell - half of the assembly and it fits upside down in the bowl and the whole thing stays on your counter. The seal means your butter won't oxidize but keeping it on the counter means it's always that perfect room temperature. Change the water every other day to ensure freshness.

If you want clarified butter, we have Lee's Ghee and if you want some beautiful salted butter that comes in its own dish, we've got Riviera butter in the fridge (though our personal favourite is Stirling Creamery's whey butter, available up the street from our friends at Stasis!)

That's butter, done better.

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