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How Amanda Hesser's Mom Helped Us Design an Even Better Butter Keeper

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We at Food52 like to mess with good things: We like avocado toast with eggs and hot sauce and greens and more, we turn our scones into loaves, and we rework pretty good cakes until they're extremely good. So it should come as no surprise that we took one of the Shop goods we loved most—Sawyer CeramicsFrench Butter Keeper—and gave it a makeover for version 2.0.

This change came at the request of Amanda Hesser's mom, who is a faithful and enthusiastic fan of the original butter keeper, but also a woman who knows that more butter is almost always better: She wished the original design could hold more butter. So the new White Butter Keeper is first and foremost bigger—large enough to hold a full stick of butter!—and is also newly outfitted in a smooth white glaze. It was designed exculsively for Food52 by Jonathan Sawyer of Sawyer Ceramics.

Butter keeper

Its predecessor, the hand-thrown French Butter Keeper, has consistently been one of our Shop's bestsellers (You all love your buttered toast, and we're certainly with you on that.), and the new keeper has the same basic design. There are two pieces that fit together: one that you fill with butter, and one that you fill with a splash of water—and you simply pop them together and that splash of water creates an antibacterial seal. You can leave the keeper out on the counter, resulting in perfectly soft, spreadable butter whenever the toast urge strikes. 

"While we love the rustic look of the stoneware French Butter Keeper, we wanted something a little dressier," says Amanda Hesser. When asked if she owned the original, she admits, "No, I've been waiting for this one to come out!"

Butter keeper  Open white
The French Butter Keeper (left) and it's little—well, bigger—sister (right).

Whether you prefer the more petite version with its textured, rustic finish—or the new keeper, larger and glossy white—it's a design that seems to encourage long breakfasts at the table with the paper, buttering slice after slice of toast. What could be better?

Top image by James Ransom; French butter keeper photo by Bobbi Lin; open butter keeper photo by Rocky Luten

Tags: The Shop, Amanda & Merrill, Makers