French Butter Crock

By Butter Bell


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This updated take on a French butter crock stores butter out of the fridge and keeps it perfectly spreadable and fresh. It combines storage and serving and is beautifully made in new bone china to look great on the table or countertop. Add water to the crock to create a seal that blocks air from spoiling butter (both store-bought and homemade) and keeps it fresh for up to three weeks.

  • Materials: 100% new bone china
  • Care: Top rack dishwasher safe. Replace cold water every 3 days and wash thoroughly between refills
  • Directions: Make sure the butter is soft enough to work into the lid. Use the back of a spoon to push the butter into the lid and smooth to adhere to sides of crock and prevent air pockets. Add ⅓ cup cold water to the base and turn lid upside down to create airtight seal and store butter. Replace with fresh water every 3 days
  • Includes: One Butter Bell crock and matching lid
  • Classic french butter crock design and function
  • Allows butter to be stored at room temperature and maintain spreadable consistency
  • Maintains butter flavor and freshness without refrigeration for 2-3 weeks
  • Water creates unique airtight seal for countertop butter storage and spoilage prevention
  • Great for storing homemade fresh butter and herbed butters
  • Crock doubles as serving container
  • Holds one stick of butter (½ cup)
  • Recommended for ages 10+
  • Please note: Not recommended for storing margarine, ghee, clarified butters, or whipped butters. Do not store butter in temperatures over 80 degrees or butter will melt
  • Made in China
  • Dimensions: 3.78" diameter x 4.25"
  • Weight: 1.78 lbs

73 Reviews (4.5 out of 5 Grommets)

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Initially Loved

10/23/2018 by Kathy

So I received this as a gift from a dear friend. She knew how we loved our butter soft and spreadable. We only use real butter, NO MARGARINE!

Initially we loved this butter keeper. When we went to refill the keeper, we always washed it so it was clean for new butter. What we started seeing was mold along the waterline. No we didn't over fill the butter or the water or both. We also used filter water not tap water. We gave it a few tries but with the continuation of the growth we decided to stop using it the way it was designed to. We stopped putting the water in it. We pull it out of the fridge in the morning. Our climate is mild enough that we can pull it out of the fridge in the morning and put in back after dinner without any issues. We just felt that that apparently the water was causing the mold.

It was a lovely idea and we wished that it would work the way it was designed to for us. Maybe it is because we do have mild climate. I don't know. If there is a suggestion we would try it as we just love this crock and the design of it. It's a beautiful conversation piece too.
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no love

8/13/2018 by lesley

this butter bell did not work. the butter kept falling into the water. I'm not happy with it at all.


Great idea but.....

8/12/2018 by Diane

I purchase it for my daughter in law . She packed the butter in the cup but after about 2 hrs. it fell into the water. I told her to repack it and it stayed in for a few days. Cute idea but I don’t know if I would buy it again.More > < Less



6/5/2019 by Jacqueline

Its a cute product but I followed the directions accurately and I get hard butter that is difficult to spread .


Don’t buy this

11/27/2018 by Sandra

Please don’t buy this,because you still have to keep it in the refrigerator....does not work as advertised...

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About Butter Bell

French Style

You might not know about the French butter crock, but this counter- and table-top icon has been in European kitchens for centuries. The Butter Bell is an update of this classic way to store butter out of the fridge that keeps it soft, spreadable, and fresh.

Lisa Tremain created The Butter Bell in 1996, and her design pays homage to the original. The two part crock and lid combine butter storage and serving in beautiful new bone china.

Add homemade or store-bought butter to the serving lid and about ⅓ cup cold water to the crock. Flip the lid upside down and place in the crock to create a seal that blocks butter-spoiling air and light from getting in. Refresh the water every few days to keep butter fresh for up to three weeks out on the counter.

This tried-and-true method has been around since the 19th century and is still a great way to keep butter tasting delicious and perfectly spreadable.