The convenience of having soft spreadable butter within arm’s reach is a wonderful thing, especially when warm bread is around. But, it can be hazardous to ones health. I only say that as a friendly reminder to those of us who received butter crocks for Christmas.
For anyone unfamiliar with this cleaver amenity, the butter is suspended in water as a way of preserving it at room temperature for up to 30 days. This is not a new idea. For centuries folks have known this to be a welcome safety method when refrigeration was not an option.
According to the Butter Bell website, this is their explanation:
The French have benefited by this practice, and I say, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. To a degree. Perhaps they are able to show more restraint than I. It’s important to regularly sample my butter, I reason, to make certain of its creamy texture and delicate flavor, and that is it is soft, spreadable, and safe.
Now, I am looking for French and imported butters, purely for comparison purposes, you understand.
Which also means that the butter is bypassing my hips and waist at this time. No matter, I tell myself. It’s the holidays.