How Does a Butter Crock Work

All my life, I’ve purchased fake butter spreads to use on our muffins, toast, corn, etc. Before we switched to real foods, I bought the huge container of Country Crock from Sam’s Club. It would always take us quite a while to work our way through it, but it had such a far off ‘use by’ date that it was never a problem to finish it. However, here are the ingredients that are concerning to me in this spread: vegetable oil blend (GMOs!), mono and diglycerides, soy lechithin, potassium sorbate, calcium edta (“used to protect quality”), citric acid, and natural and artificial flavor (along with a couple others). No, thanks.

Once we eliminated these types of foods from our home, I started buying Land O’Lakes butter with olive oil spread. The ingredients in this are much more pure and straightforward: sweet cream, olive oil, and salt. Amazing what a difference that is!ย Well, as I started to realize the importance of buying organic dairy products, I was at a loss for what to do. There probably are organic real butter spreads out there…but not anywhere that I can find in my local grocery store (or maybe I haven’t looked hard enough).

I saw another blogger post about her butter crock several months ago and I was fascinated by the concept. Could Iย really leave butter sitting out on the counter?? Will it make me sick? I looked into it a bit at the time and read a few reviews, but then kind of forgot about it. Well, as we started to buy more organic dairy (milk, sour cream, cream), I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy a crock. I wanted to have spreadable organic butter whenever I needed it. We use butter quite a bit, but my daughter especially loves eating my homemade bread with a little butter spread on top. It’s probably her favorite breakfast! (She tells me this all the time…) ย ๐Ÿ™‚

And the ingredients in the sticks of butter I buy from Costco? Organic sweet cream (milk) and salt. That’s it. Talk about a huge improvement over the Country Crock spread we used to buy!!

So, how does a butter crock work?

  1. Let a stick of butter soften to room temperature.
  2. Pack the butter (a bit at a time) into the bowl of the lid.
  3. Add cold water to the ‘fill line’ in the base chamber.
  4. Place the butter lid down into the chamber.
  5. Change the water every 2-3 days.
  6. Enjoy fresh, spreadable butter whenever you need it!

Butter Crock

See how easy that all is? The butter stays fresh because of the airtight seal of water in the crock.

I’ve been using mine for about 2 weeks now and it really has been great. We just keep it right next to the bread and it’s ready whenever we are! Note: If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, remember to put the butter into the fridge so it doesn’t spoil. Also, when removing butter, make sure to take it down evenly. If you put a huge dent in one side, the butter won’t stay in the lid when you turn it upside down again.

There are cheaper butter crocks out there, but I love the Le Creuset I bought. It’s very sturdy, there is a fill line indicated in the base, it looks nice sitting on my counter, and it can hold a little more than one stick of butter (reportedly 1 1/2 sticks, but I’ve only done 1 at a time). Here is the link if you want to purchase one for your house. I highly recommend it!


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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

6 thoughts on “How Does a Butter Crock Work

  1. That is super cool! How long do you think it’s safe to leave on the counter? I think I’ll have to put this on my wish list!

    1. I know! I guess this is the method that people used before refrigerators. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like I read somewhere how long the butter would last on the counter, but now I can’t find it… However, this doesn’t seem to be an issue for us because we go through butter so quickly. I think each stick has lasted us a little over a week (because I’ve changed the water about 3 times for each stick). I’m definitely liking it!

  2. I’ve used a crock for years and love it. That is one pricey crock though. Around here in Utah you can find these at local craft fairs for maybe $8-$10 a pop. Most people I know in Utah actually keep a stick of butter on a butter dish in the cupboard, no crock needed. Nobody I know has died yet ;). Haha! A friend moved to CA and leaves a stick at room temperature like we grew up doing and told me a bit ago people have thanked her for sharing that little trick. Funny!
    Also here’s a crock tip. The butter seems to hold and stick better in the crock when you mash it in the base if it’s not quite room temp, but still a little firm. If I leave my butter out longer and it’s too soft I will mush it into the base then stick in the fridge to harden back up or it will fall out into the water base like you said above. Once it’s hard again I take out and put in the water base and it’s good to go.
    And one more thing. I keep the used butter wrappers folded in half in a baggie in the fridge after I’ve filled the crock. When I need to butter a pan I pull one out at the start of my recipe and by the time I’m done mixing ingredients the butter on the wrapper is soft and ready to grease up my pan.

    1. Brittany, I love the idea to keep the used butter wrappers to grease a pan–that is an awesome idea! And I love not letting anything go to waste. Hopefully, I will remember this next time I fill up my crock! Yeah, I realize the crock I bought was kind of pricey, but I have to admit I like how it looks on my counter AND it’s very sturdy and solid. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the input!

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