The secret to perfectly spreadable, fresh and creamy butter is pairing your Thermomix® with the ceramic butter bell crock – a centuries-old method from the nation that loves their butter and fresh-baked bread as much as we Aussies do.
Well before the age of refrigeration, the French solved the problem of ‘How to store butter at room temperature and ‘how to keep butter soft’ by inventing the clever butter crock with a water seal. It preserves all the creamy texture and fresh delicate flavour of your homemade all-natural butter (or your favourite store-bought brand) for up to 30 days and makes a gorgeous addition to your tableware collection.
Here’s how to keep butter soft and ready to spread, anytime:
- Put the lower part of your butter crock in the fridge to cool.
- Firmly pack your freshly-made butter into the clean, dry butter bell (if you’re using store-bought butter, you’ll need to let it soften at room temperature first).
- Remove the crock from your fridge and add 1/3 cup of cold fresh tap water.
- Place the butter bell upside down in the water inside the crock, the airtight water seal will protect your butter. You just need to change the water every two to three days to keep things fresh.
While reflecting the outside heat, the crock insulates and cools your butter. For best results, keep the ceramic butter bell crock away from heat sources and direct sunlight, as this may cause your butter to melt and fall into the water.
We also recommend using a flat knife to scrape butter evenly out of the ceramic butter bowl crock. Removing it in chunks can cause the butter to slip out of the bowl.
When you’ve taken your final scoops, and you’re ready to make another fresh batch in your Thermomix, both parts of the ceramic butter bell crock can go straight in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Fresh butter that’s always ready to spread. What’s not to love?