I need to take a moment to stop and tell you all how much I love my Butter Bell. Before last Christmas I had never seen such a contraption, and the only reason a Butter Bell came into my possession is because my sister in law got one for Christmas.
If you've ever met my sister in law, Kristine, you know that she doesn't eat anything remotely fattening like BUTTER! Score one for the chubby girls. Go me!
The concept of the Butter Bell is simple- easily spreadable butter at your fingertips at any given moment. Softened butter is stored in the bell, and is protected by an airtight seal of water in a convenient ceramic crock. The water in the crock needs to be replaced with fresh water every 2-3 days, but this is a small inconvenience for the huge payoff of having butter at a perfect spreadable consistency AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.
You may be asking yourself why you might need spreadable butter available at any given moment (there, I said it again). The answer has less to do with culinary technique or prowess, and more to do with taming the beast-like morning toddler who is impatiently waiting for his morning English muffin or buttered toast.
Trying to spread cold and hardened butter on toast, waffles, or even on an ear of corn can be messy, frustrating, and destructive to delicate breads. With the Butter Bell, you can spread just the right amount of softened butter on any food without cooling off the food or making a mess.
Butter Bells come in different sizes and colors to match your kitchen. I think every Lazy Day Gourmet kitchen should have one. Your muffins will thank you. Especially the little muffin waiting for his perfectly buttered waffle. :)