Splurging on This Beautiful Butter Dish Has Made My Mornings (and My Breakfasts) So Much Better

published May 26, 2022
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Stick of butter, one opened
Credit: Joe Lingeman

I’m the type of home cook who thinks a lot about butter. That means I’m also the type who uses a lot of it, too. Over the years, I’ve learned how to sniff out new recipes that make butter the star of the dish. I love a butter-forward meal. But my absolute favorite way to enjoy butter is simply spread on my morning toast. 

That calls for perfectly soft, spreadable butter — because no matter what my boyfriend will try to tell you, a cold slab of the stuff straight outta the fridge just won’t cut it. Last year, I bought a simple French-style butter crock for room-temperature storage. It has worked well, and gets the job done. Recently, though, during a late-night online shopping session, I found something even better. This butter dish is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever put on my kitchen table, and it’s worth every penny.

The Hammered Copper Butter Dish retails for $39.95, and it’s a Williams Sonoma exclusive. I’ve loved every Williams Sonoma gadget, utensil, and tool I’ve met, so I had a feeling this one would exceed my expectations. Happily, I was right: Not only is my new butter crock truly beautiful, but it’s also highly functional. 

Credit: Rochelle Bilow

The bottom is made from hammered copper — it’s handcrafted by copper artisans in Turkey — and lined with a food-safe tin interior. And let me tell you: That copper base positively gleams in the morning sunlight. I also appreciate that it’s made to age with grace: As the dish gets older, the copper will acquire a brassy, antique-looking patina. That’s all right by me, but it could be restored back to its original shine with copper cleaner. Like all investment kitchen tools, this should be treated with care: Washed by hand, then dried immediately.

Credit: Rochelle Bilow

The lid is made from delicate glass with a just-big-enough knob to lift it up and off, and the full set measures at 4 1/2 inches. I was pleased to learn that it can hold a generous amount of butter: 8 ounces. Unlike water-based crocks, which hold butter at room temperature safely for days, this one won’t slow the funkification of your butter. But no matter: My new keeper can be popped in the refrigerator when it’s not in use, copper bottom and all. (If you do store it in the fridge, you’ll want to let it sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before serving the butter, so it can soften.) 

Usually, my new butter keeper sits on the counter. Chillier winter temperatures keep my butter at a moderate temperature while it sits out, and besides, it’s way too pretty to hide. Using it is also quite an Experience. (Seriously, I feel like I’m on “Downton Abbey” whenever I go to butter toast.) I know it will shine during holiday meals and dinner parties, whenever I start doing those again. But for now, this ultra-luxe butter crock is doing good work, making me smile on the most dreary of winter mornings.

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This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: I Just Splurged on the Most Beautiful Butter Dish of All Time.