I’ve been searching for a Butter Bell for some time. Tried to find one online from a Canadian source with no luck. A few days ago, I dropped into a kitchen store 1 block from my house, and they had them! In multiple colours!
What is a Butter Bell you ask? It’s a nifty low-tech device to keep your butter a room temperature without it going rancid/melting/changing colour. I got a green one to (more or less) to go with our dishes.
You fill the bell part with 1/2 cup softened butter (leave the stick at room temp for a few minutes), and then fill the crock one third full with cold water. When you put the bell in the crock, it creates a seal that prevents air from getting at the butter. You should change the water every couple of days to keep it fresh.
Cool eh? Part of our move to eat more naturally a la Michael Pollan (i.e., ditch the margarine).