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.

55 Reviews (4.5 out of 5 Grommets)

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Love it!


Very pleased with quality and design. I was worried about some reviews about the butter not staying in... we have not had any problems. Butter does not last long in our house, so we don't even use the water to seal. Used it at a Christmas gathering and it was a conversation piece! Highly recommend.More > < Less


It's beautiful!


I have a fetish for butter dishes and this one is absolutely beautiful! And it works great. It keeps the butter soft enough it spread and also fresh. As long as you keep the water changed as recommended, it's great. You won't be disappointed!More > < Less




It definitely keeps the butter cold and soft. We have discovered it doesn’t easily fit a full stick. Better a 3/4 stick to keep it out of the water. Definitely would recommend this.More > < Less


Don't know how I managed without it!


I had my doubts about this, since it was the first time I've ever tried a butter crock. Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how much I LOVE this product! I keep it on my kitchen counter, and whenever I need butter, there it is. Add my five stars to the rest of the five star reviews.More > < Less


My husband can't live without this


My husband is particular about the consistency of his butter and this butter bell fits the bill! It keeps the butter perfectly spreadable without having to buy the fake, oil-based spreads on the market. I bought him a bell a few years ago and he uses it constantly but he wanted a second one for our winter vacation spot! Love this product....More > < Less

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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.