Clark says the first time she saw a butter keeper was in the kitchen of Paula Deen — how appropriate! — and it was intriguing enough to send her on a Google hunt that led to her own lovely marble specimen.
To use it, she fills the egg-cup-shaped top with softened butter and the base with water. The top is overturned into the base, and the water creates a vacuum seal, keeping the butter cool and fresh for up to 30 days, more than enough time to eat a stick's worth of "soft, silky, luscious, spreadable" butter.
• Find it: Norpro Marble Butter Keeper, $26.88 at Amazon
Do you use a butter keeper?
(Image: Melissa Clark)