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