Actually, I hate presliced bread. It goes stale so much faster than when you slice your own loaf as you go. But never mind that. I LOVE my butter keeper.
What is a butter keeper? Well, let me tell you because I'm so excited about my new little kitchen accessory that I'm about to burst. A butter keeper is a nifty ceramic, porcelain, or in this case marble dish that holds your butter at a soft, silky, luscious, spreadable texture at all times. You keep it on your counter and it keeps your butter fresh.
Imagine never having to wait for your butter to soften. Imagine toasting a piece of bread and instantly having malleable butter at the ready. Did you picture it? Doesn't it sound amazing? Well, if you get a butter keeper - you can kiss that rock-hard butter goodbye. I have.
I first saw a stoneware butter keeper at Paula Deen's house (she has the most amazing kitchen), and was intrigued by the notion. Then one day I googled it and a slew of choices popped up. Mine was delivered 2 days later and my kitchen hasn't been the same since. All I want to do is butter everything that will stand still long enough but usually I can manage to stick to toast.
Using a butter keeper is easy. Here's what you do: You fill the egg holder-shaped part with about a stick's worth of softened butter, turn the butter-filled piece upside down and insert it into the water-filled base. That's it. That water creates a vacuum seal and prevents the butter from spoiling for supposedly 30 days though it doesn't last more than a week in this butter-loving house.
Maintenance is a cinch too - you fill up the bottom of the butter keeper with a bit of water, which you have to switch out every three days, but I pretty much do it every day - everytime I butter my bread. And that's an awful lot.