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

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Mauviel Butter Dish
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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.

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.

Bordeaux Butter Dish
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Bordeaux Glass Dish, $13 at williams-sonoma.com

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

Mauviel Butter Dish
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Mauviel Porcelain Butter Dish with Copper Lid, $95 at amazon.com or food52.com

Emma Butter Dish
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Emma Butter Dish, $22 at potterybarn.com

Le Creuset Butter Dish
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Le Creuset Heritage Butter Dish, $42 at amazon.com or lecreuset.com

Berghoff Butter Dish
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Berghoff Cubo Stainless Steel Butter Dish, $25 at walmart.com or bedbathandbeyond.com

glass butter dish
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Bezrat Glass Butter Dish with Lid, $15 at amazon.com

Cambria Butter Dish
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Cambria Butter Dish, $18 at potterybarn.com

Nova Deruta Butter Dish
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Nova Deruta Dish, $40 at surlatable.com

Jadeite Butter Dish
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Jadeite Butter Dish, $25 at surlatable.com

Fiesta Butter Dish
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Fiesta Extra-Large Covered Butter Dish, $30 at macys.com or amazon.com