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Sunday, November 6, 2011

French Butter Bell Crock


My DH totally gets it.  He is definitely a keeper.  This week he has been at a convention and yesterday at the last day and dinner, they also had a drawing for certain prizes.  He put his raffle tickets in the jars next to a few things that he wanted and in a couple of jars next to some things he thought I would like.  Well, to my delight, one of the things he thought I would like won.


                                                     A FRENCH BUTTER BELL CROCK


 Now how fun is this.  I have never heard of or seen one before, but what a great idea.


 This side explains how it works to store butter, keeping it spreadable without refrigeration and so it doesn't spoil.


 The water goes in the bottom of the crock, the butter is packed into the cup shape of the top and the water forms an airtight seal when the top is placed into the crock.  To use just turn the top over and dip from the cup shape.  Now how clever is that.





 I went online to find out more and discovered these have been used for years and were designed long before refrigeration.  According to all the info online, this is something the French have used for ages.


So here it is all ready to use next to the stove.  I've added it to the top of the butter slab holding all of my daily necessities.  I am sure this will become an instant favorite.


 How fun and what a treat. So glad that my honey gets it and chose something really super for me, considering he didn't win anything for himself. I do have to say he really was pretty proud of himself when he came home. He knew he did really good. lol


So, have you seen one or do you know about them?

44 comments:

  1. Yes, I have seen them before ut thought they were a long forgotten antique. Fun to see one in modern times.

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  2. I have had one that I used for years. You will love it as it keeps the butter at a nice spreadable temp. I changed my water daily but you don't have to do that. Love the simple white beauty of yours. xo Diana

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  3. That is so cool!!! Never heard of it before, but a great idea!!! I'm sure hubby is sooooo proud of himself!!! hugs...cleo

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  4. I have a butter bell that sits on my stove top & we use it every day. I ordered it from QVC, it's made by Paula Deen. Enjoy yours!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  5. Now I know I have one that we made at our former Ceramic Co. but I don't know where it is, or maybe in what box in storage it is...you reminded me of it, thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday.
    FABBY

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  6. I didn't know about these either until a year or so ago. I heard about them from another AZ blogger, & she says it works great here in our climate even in the summer. I hope you gave your hubby an extra hug for that one!
    :) CAS

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  7. I've never heard of this either. What a fabulous idea!! I'll have to look for one because I only use butter and it's so hard to spread refrigerated butter!!!!!

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  8. The gift shop I work at Lisa's Loft Port Austin Michigan sells these. The women love them. They buy one and before you know it they are back buying more as gifts. We sell two sizes the one is similar to yours our other one is cute, small and probably perfect for single households. We also have them in white with a dark blue stripe on them. I had never seen them before starting to work at the shop, but they are pretty neat.

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  9. That is awesome. I've never heard of such a thing. Hey, your husband is a keeper and how nice of him. Enjoy.

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  10. Love it! I got one as a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law a few years back. It works great. I buy bulk amish butter that is always hard so this comes in handy. I keep the water pretty fresh because it will get moldy.

    Great hubby!!

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  11. I have used mine for years and love it! Isn't the best thing in the world a warm yeast roll and soft butter? I know you will enjoy yours..being a butter fanatic I sure do.

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  12. aww how cute is that.. give hubs a extra hug.

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  13. I got one for my husband for Christmas one year...we used it for a while but not lately.

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  14. I have heard of these. I've always intrigued by them & wondered if they really work. Enjoy Marty!

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  15. I have seen this on line for the last couple of years. Your hubby does "get it"! Enjoy your spreadable butter.

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  16. Marty I have seen these before and have actually thought about getting one. It looks perfect on your butter slab!! Looking forward to hearing how you like it as time goes by. DH is a keeper for more reasons than the butter bell!!! xo Kathysue

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  17. I have heard of these but never seen one. How nice of DH to think of you. He did good.
    Barb

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  18. I had not heard of these before, Marty. It looks great on your butter slab and with your little pitcher. How cute is your honey! I love when they know they did good with something like this.

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  19. I bought one a year or so ago at a GW for $2. Love it! Enjoy!

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  20. Hi Marty!
    I have known about them for years and wanted one for a long time. I never got one..and now have my heavy glass Mosser red glass butter keeper that I use. Still..every time I see one of these cute and useful butter crocks from long ago..I think of getting one. I may one day.

    Husbands are always so proud when they please us like that. Tell me we ALL think he is fantastic to think of you and win it for you!

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  21. I have used one for a few years and LOVE it. My mom bought it at QVC and it's white with blue and yellow designs on it and rectangular.

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  22. Well, I'll say he gets it!! I want one now! What a clever thing to have, love it Marty! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  23. I have never heard of this. How interesting. It's also interesting that others knew what it was.

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  24. You do have a keeper. I love the butter bell.

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  25. I've always wanted one of these. I hope you enjoy yours and would love an update on your experiences with it.

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  26. Yes, I have and wondered if they really work--I see NanaDiana has one. I may have to get one for myself.

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  27. Now I know what that is!! I've seen them before in the thrifts and next time will buy one! I hope you will let us know how you like it!! Tell your hubby good job!

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  28. What a great gift! I have seen them but do not have one. It looks great on top of your "butter" round tray. A nice addition to your lovely kitchen. Fondly~Susie

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  29. What a great gift! He really did good!!!

    It looks great where you have it.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Kathy

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  30. That is cool and looks perfect on your butter slab.

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  31. It's so fun t get something new

    pass the butter please

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  32. That's very interesting.I have never seen one. Looks good to. Keep that man!

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  33. Oh I need one! I've seen them before and forgot about them...love it and where it lives!
    Debbie

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  34. It looks familiar, but I've never seen one in person and I didn't know that it's made to stay outside of your refrigerator. I thought it was to serve from on your table. That is the neatest thing! I love it! Your husband was definitely being a sweetheart to do that for you. I have trouble getting my butter to be spreadable when I first take it out of the fridge, so this would come in handy.

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  35. What a great idea----those French are so smart, I wonder why we haven't heard of these before? Hugs for your husband for thinking about you.

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  36. How fun Marty..never heard of one..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  37. Oh my gosh, I have a beautiful one from Poland and I had no idea what in the world it was for!!!! Thank you, Thank you!!! My daughter's mom in law was living in Poland a few years ago and gave it to me. She said it was for butter but I had no idea how to use It. It will be beautiful on my counter!

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  38. I never heard of them until I read your post! How neat it is and I too love the white beauty of it! I'm sure your husband had a big smile on his face:)

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  39. i know you...marty...i bet you put your butter in the jar for awhile...but then one day you will look at that jar and say "this would be so cute, as a plant stand".
    LOL!
    blessings,
    rebecca...oh hurry up tuesday..i want to see what ms. marty has been up to!!

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  40. We have a large butter bell that we keep on the kitchen counter. I also have small, individual bells that I sometimes use at the dinner table.

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  41. I have one also and a salt pig that I use almost daily...

    Blessings,
    Betty @ Country Charm

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  42. you have amazing taste in decor! im glad i found you, ive had fun looking through your archives. im your newest follower :)
    Mindy~ @ Pretty in paint

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  43. We have been using these for years and love them. No more rock hard butter tearing at rolls and bread. They come in a variety of colors, so we have white for regular butter and red for flavored butter to use on biscuits and scones. Love them! Congrats on your big win. ;-)

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  44. we ordered one from Amazon to use here in Australia. It's perfect for over here and they had never heard of it! My daughter in law in Seattle uses one so I knew it would be perfect here! I have the caribbean blue one from La Cruset

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