This $15 Butter Keeper Is the Key to Soft, Spreadable Butter

published May 5, 2020
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Stick of butter, one opened
Credit: Joe Lingeman

Have you ever mutilated a perfectly good piece of toast with a pat of rock-hard butter? We just discovered a special trick to never let that happen again. The secret to smooth, spreadable (real) butter lies within this charming countertop butter keeper that Amazon shoppers can’t stop raving about (and we thought we’d tell you about too).

Instead of keeping butter in the fridge, where it will remain hard, spread a stick of slightly softened butter into the lid of the Norpro Glazed Stoneware Butter Keeper. When fitted upside down, the lid seals into the base, which holds one to two inches of cold water that forms a seal to keep out air. This ensures that your butter is fresh, smooth, and spreadable at room temperature for up to 30 days. (Keep in mind that it is advised that you should change the water every two to three days, maximum.)

Credit: Amazon

Of the nearly 3,000 Amazon customers who gave this butter keeper a four- or five-star rating, there were more than a few glowing reviews.

“I got tired of having to let my butter set out before I could spread it, or having to heat it up and just making a mess. This is the perfect solution.”

“This little bowl is fantastic. I used to keep my butter on the counter in a traditional butter dish so that it was soft enough to spread on bread without tearing it to shreds. The problem was within a few days, the stick would develop a darker “skin” that tasted stale. What a waste!”

“I have been using this for a few weeks now and I have had no problems keeping my butter fresh. Because it is near my sink I am pretty good at remembering to change the water out as directed. I really like having soft butter on hand all the time. This works really well.”

“I have had my Norpro Stoneware Butter Keeper for years now, and I love it–what a handy kitchen gadget this is! I don’t know what I would do without it for keeping butter fragrant and soft. I also love how absolutely gorgeous it looks on my kitchen counter, like a relic from the distant past when there were no refrigerators.”

Do you have a butter keeper that you absolutely love?