It’s time to keep your butter at the best temperature for spreading. Here’s how to do it right.

By Morgan Goldberg
January 08, 2019
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Sometimes the most simple household essentials can make all the difference to your dining style. Often overlooked, a good butter keeper can be a beautiful and functional addition to any kitchen. Butter dishes first used in the late 1800's in Connecticut were made of silver and included an "ice chamber" to keep it cold. The French version, a pottery crock similar to the type we know today, stores the butter upside down with the exposed butter in water, to protect it from spoiling.

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These modern versions are classy takes on the butter keepers of the past. Go for a classic French dish, a rustic butter crock, or a retro jadeite option to compliment your serveware collection. Take care of the condiment and cooking ingredient you love most. See below for gorgeous butter crocks and keepers bound to elevate your tabletop.

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Bordeaux Glass Dish, $13 at


The Original Butter Bell Crock by L. Tremain, $25 at

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Mauviel Porcelain Butter Dish with Copper Lid, $95 at

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Emma Butter Dish, $22 at

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Le Creuset Heritage Butter Dish, $30 at

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Berghoff Cubo Stainless Steel Butter Dish, $25 at

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Waterford Lismore Covered Butter Dish, $155 at

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Cambria Butter Dish, $18 at

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Nova Deruta Dish, $40 at

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Jadeite Butter Dish, $25 at

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Fiesta Extra-Large Covered Butter Dish, $30 at