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 space. Often overlooked, a good butter keeper can be a beautiful and functional addition to any kitchen.

Butter dishes first used in the late 1800s 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 an Italian ceramic option to complement 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, $15 at williams-sonoma.com

There's nothing more classic than a glass butter dish. If you've made an herb butter, this is perfect for displaying it.

Butter Bell Crock
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The Original Butter Bell Crock by L. Tremain, $28 at amazon.com

A beautiful matte glaze finish gives this ceramic crock a fun retro vibe.

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

Simple and pretty, this butter dish looks great on any table.

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

We love Le Creuset anything, so this butter dish is no exception. Plus, it's just as sturdy, reliable, and attractive as the brand's famous pots and pans.

Berghoff Butter Dish
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Berghoff Cubo Stainless Steel Butter Dish, $30 at walmart.com

Easy-to-clean stainless steel is another great material for butter dishes.

glass butter dish
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Bezrat Glass Butter Dish, $17 at walmart.com

This high-quality butter dish is beloved by buyers. In one review, a Walmart shopper wrote, "I could not love this any more than I do. I bought this nine months ago and I use it everyday. Heavy, good quality glass."

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

We love the shape of this charming little dish, which matches just about any room it's in.

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

Inspired by art from the Umbrian region of Italy, this whimsical dish is hand-crafted in Italy, too.

Fiesta Butter Dish
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Fiesta Extra-Large Covered Butter Dish, $58 at amazon.com

If you're looking for a pop of color, these Art Deco-style butter dishes are the perfect buy.