Tuesday, August 4

an indulgent bit of naughty- cloche de beurre


I blame Julie from Towards Sustainability and Em from Dance of Small Things for this indulgence. I had never heard of such a thing before they both posted about them. A butter bell, or french butter dish, designed to keep butter in an air tight, oxygen free environment by hanging it in a water bath thereby eliminating rancidity but still maintaining room temperature as it needs no refridgeration. Wikipedia says
This 19th century French-designed pottery crock has two parts: a base with a hollow cylinder attached to it, and a cup that also serves as a lid. The cup holds the packed in butter, and the base holds water. The water creates an airtight seal that keeps oxygen away from the butter so that refrigeration is not needed, and the butter can be used in its soft form. This method will keep butter for around a month provided it is kept at temperatures below 80F (27C).
The online literature says its traditionally French but my francophile husband reckons he never saw one in all his years in France! An American company has trademarked the name butter bell and seem to have a sales and production monopoly, so that got up my nose and i searched around, high and low for a producer/retailer in Oz. Zip.
Looks like this little invention has slipped by our national consciousness. So instead of waiting for the next local market to chat with the resident potter, i purchased this lovely hand made crock from Jim online...in Oregon. oops.But its lovely and looks just right in the kitchen. No more stilton style butter for me.

8 comments:

Katrine said...

what a beautiful peice of pottery. i'm think i'm going to have to re-purpose an egg cup 'dance of the small things' style

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

What you should do now is take it to the resident potter and see if they can make them, maybe sell some in your web shop.

Annuska said...

I agree with Pip! It is beautiful indeed! Such a nice present if one could buy it...

Kel said...

katrine- i think this will realy come into its own in the summer time. Its really nice in the hand!

pip- PIIIP!!! was starting to wonder if you were ok, absent from blogland so long. Glad youre back and yes, i plan to ask her anyways as my mum wants one, maybe annuska too...ho knows, i may end up with a very eclectic little shop!

annuska- its lovely, i will let you know how the stirling market potter attempt goes!

greenfumb said...

Oh dear I think I will have to have one too now. I use an ordinary butter dish in the winter but in the summer it's more like ghee!

Katrine said...

let us all know how the stirling markets potter's attempt goes. i want one too!

Kel said...

greenfumb - oh dear- ive started a consumption revoloution! yes, my butter was getting like stinky cheese!

katrine - i will!

Julie said...

I was going to suggest the same as Pip and contact a potter for your shop! I know of one lady who contacted Bendigo Pottery who were thinking about making them but were waiting to see if they got enough enquiries about them. You should get in first!